Turnbull School

A Private Elementary School in Ottawa

Excellence and Caring since 1992

We are an elementary private school in Ottawa, Ontario, focused on Excellence and Caring. We’ve been enriching education through small class sizes, dedicated teachers and extra-curricular activities since 1992.

We welcome you to visit and see what makes our learning environment so special.

Read Mary Ann Turnbull’s speech about our Coat of Arms


Ottawa Regional Science Fair
Canada Wide Science Fair

Physical Education and Athletics
PHE Canada (Diamond Award)
CIRA Ontario (Outstanding Intramural Achievement)

Concert Band
Silver & Gold Standard of Performance, Regional MusicFest
Silver & Gold Standard of Performance, National MusicFest

United Way Community Builder Award
United Way Community Impact Award
Ottawa Hospital Inspiration Award
Ottawa Hospital Spirit of the Run Award

Seeds Foundation – Emerald School


Ontario Federation of Independent Schools
PHE Canada
Canadian Intramural Recreation Association, Ontario
OISAA – Ottawa Independent Schools Athletic Association

News and Events

New Music Hall

Construction has recently begun on our new Music Hall. This 1200 square foot state of the art addition will be a wonderful enhancement to our instrumental music program. It is also phase two of our Arts Renewal Plan, with the remodeling of our visual arts room having taken place this past July. Phase three, the moving of our dramatic arts program to its new space will take place in the spring.

2018 Ottawa Regional Science Fair

The ten senior students who represented Turnbull School at the ORSF did a wonderful job, enjoyed their experience and earned several awards. Congratulations to all of our students who took part in this exciting event. The following is a list of our results at this year’s ORSF:

First Place
Bacteria in our Environment

Second Place
The Impact of Environment on the Biodiversity of Pseudogygites lantimarginatus

Hydrophobic Sand
The 5 Second Rule – Would You?

Third Place
Sustainable Silencers

Honourable Mention
Got Wind? How the Blade Angle, Blade Length, Blade Number & Wind Speed affects the Energy Output of a Wind Turbine Generator
How to Train Your Robot – Autonomous Driving with Artificial Intelligence


Special Awards
Ottawa Naturalists Award
Ottawa Engineering Award

Concert Band Earns Silver

The Turnbull School Concert Band performed at both the Capital Region MusicFest and National MusicFest. Congratulations on earning Silver level awards at each of these competitions.

Turnbull Concert Band earns Silver at Nationals

The Turnbull School Concert Band continued their year of excellent performances at MusicFest Canada 2017 Nationals. The Band students, their director, Sheri Harrington and Principal Clinch traveled to Niagara Falls the week of May 15th where the band followed up their Regional Gold Award with a National Silver Award.

United Way-Wall of Inspiration

WOI March 2, 2017 800W

As a recipient of a 2016 Community Builder of the Year Award, Turnbull School was added to the Wall of Inspiration at Ottawa City Hall. During a ceremony on March 2nd, we were honoured with this acknowledgement.