Merrick Preparatory School

118 Main Street East, Merrickville, Ontario
Merrickville, K0G1N0, Canada
Merrick Preparatory School's mission is to engage students in a dynamic learning environment and to inspire them to become intellectually vibrant, compassionate and responsible and globally-minded citizens.
Merrick Preparatory School is a leading boarding and day school in Canada for boys and girls offering academic grades 9-12, and a University Qualification Year.
Merrick Preparatory School`s small class size, averaging 10 students, our additional hours of study and our highly skilled teachers create an environment that allows students to succeed. Students thrive academically due to the structure and support our teachers provide in our small school environment.
We have a university placement rate of 100%.  We recreate the comforts of home with our above industry standard dorm rooms featuring 2 queen sized beds and a 4 piece washroom.
Our gorgeous campus is located in an ideal small town setting in the middle of three of Canada`s most vibrant cities, Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. Our graduates receive offers of admission to the global top 50 ranked universities in Canada, the U.K., and the U.S.

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 80 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $58,200
  • Acceptance rate: 95%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Upcoming Events and News

  • Factors that Parents Value when Choosing a Boarding School for Their Child - 07/04/2023
    We just wanted to share a few factors that parents value when looking for a boarding school, to help you in your search. The market can be flooded with so ...moremuch information and marketing, that we wanted to put together the most valued factors for you. hide
  • Merrick Prep Continues International Recognition - 03/09/2023
    Merrick Preparatory School (MPS) has once again been recognized internationally for its achievements, identified as one of 10 Prominent Boarding Schools to watch in 2023 (pages 38-39 & ...more42-56) by K12 Digest. MPS is one of only two Canadian schools to make this prestigious list.
    K12 Digest, an independent international kindergarten to grade 12 educational portal and magazine, featured MPS as a school that is building a global community of compassionate citizens.
  • Merrick Preparatory School Awarded on Fortune’s World’s Leading Boarding Schools in 2023 List - 03/06/2023
    Merrick Preparatory School (MPS) has been awarded on the first-ever published International Boarding School ranking list; the World`s Leading Boarding Schools in 2023. This prestigious award is presented ...moreby Fortune and Statista Inc., the world-leading industry ranking provider and statistics portal. The ranking list was announced on February 28th, 2023.
    Only 17 Canadian Boarding Schools made the World`s Leading Boarding Schools in 2023 ranking which consisted of 250 top-rated boarding schools around the world, and Merrick Preparatory School is the only non-CAIS school listed, which is an even greater achievement.
  • Merrick Preparatory School wins PIEoneer Award 2021- “Secondary Learning International Impact Award” - 10/07/2021
    The PIEoneer Awards are regarded as the "Academy Awards" in the education sector and celebrate innovation and achievement across the global education industry. Judged by a panel of 43 ...moreinternational education experts, educators and educational service providers are selected as top achievers in 19 categories. This year 21 winners spanning seven countries were selected as the world`s best, their achievement made more remarkable given the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Merrick Preparatory School was nominated as a finalist in the "Secondary Learning International Impact Award" category.
    "The Secondary Learning International Impact Award is a chance for any type of institution, teaching 11 to 18 year olds, to showcase how they are innovating the delivery of learning to support their international students, to ensure their experience is first-rate and that they leave ready for further education or the world of work as global citizens".
    On September 3, 2021, it was announced that Merrick Preparatory School is the winner, recognized as "the best in the world." Even the Toronto Star featured our success:
    If you are looking for a world class education, look no further, your success starts here. Join us!

Top Rankings

Merrick Preparatory School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 288 schools) for:

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Merrick Preparatory School
School Focus
College Preparatory
Grades Offered
9-12, PG
School Type
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
6 acres

Student Body

80 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
school cardigan, tie and black pants
Average Class Size
10 students
Student : Teacher Ratio
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(These fees are all-inclusive:• Large boutique rooms, 2 students per room with queen-size beds & an en-suite 4-piece bathroom • All tuition and academic fees • Medical insurance for non-Canadian passport holders • Custodianship, all food, meals, and snacks • Co-curricular 2x per week • Textbooks, course workbooks • School tie, “House” t-shirt, baseball cap, water bottle, toque • IELTS training 3 hours per week • Guidance counselling service • ESL support if needed • 5 hours of one-on-one tutorial instruction, and support from our teachers • Overnight Academic & Experiential Field Trip … and much more! )
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Johanna Ziegler



Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Board Games Club, Book Club, Cooking Club, Debate Club, Engineering Club, iELTS Prep, Math Club, Model United Nations, Multicultural Club, Photography Club, Ping Pong Club, Student Council, Yearbook Club, Yoga Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Music (Piano, Violin, Drums, Guitar and Flute)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Aerobic exercise, Badminton Club, Ball Hockey, Basketball, Fitness Club, Golf Club, Horseback Riding Club, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer Club, Road Hockey, Slack Line, Soccer, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, Walking/Hiking

College Matriculation

10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • *100% acceptance rate to world-class post-secondary institutions
  • *140-145 instructional hours per credit course
  • English-only environment and ESL support *3 hours of IELTS preparation or OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test) preparation per week
  • Above industry-standard accommodations; Your student will have a queen or double-sized bed, 4-piece ensuite bathroom, a desk, drawers and only ONE roommate!
  • Academic advisor to support your studies and university applications
  • Co-curricular and recreational sports
  • Multicultural environment; Our students come from over 40 countries: China, Nigeria, Oman, Mexico, Hong Kong, Senegal, Taiwan, Russia, Syria, Germany, Malaysia, Brazil, Kuwait, UAE, Peru, Turkey, Japan, Egypt, South Korea, Venezuela, USA, Canada and more!
  • Safe and family-like environment; your child will develop strong and personal relationships with classmates, teachers and the community of Merrickville
  • Merrick Preparatory School accreditations: Ontario Federation of Independent Schools(OFIS)
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Merrick Preparatory School cost?
Merrick Preparatory School's tuition is approximately $58,200 for boarding students.
What is the acceptance rate of Merrick Preparatory School?
The acceptance rate of Merrick Preparatory School is 95%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 60%.
What sports does Merrick Preparatory School offer?
Merrick Preparatory School offers 17 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Kayaking, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track, Track and Field and Volleyball.
What is Merrick Preparatory School's ranking?
Merrick Preparatory School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High percentage of international students and High percent faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for Merrick Preparatory School?
The application deadline for Merrick Preparatory School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

Alumni Reviews Review School


Class of 2017
University of British Columbia
The location of Merrick Preparatory School is part of its unique features because it is located in a beautiful town that is quite safe and charming. The campus has space to play soccer, basketball, badminton. . .

Class of 2022
Our school is located in a small city and is a small school but the school still organizes trips and outings for us. They have transportation and prepare anything we need. We have a say. . .

Class of 2020
Carleton University
Merrick is a home to students from all over the world. This makes it unique because students with different cultures and backgrounds work together during the academic year and learn new things whilst working. . .
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Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 80 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $58,200
  • Acceptance rate: 95%
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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