Merrick Preparatory School

Canada, Ontario, Merrickville

Merrick Preparatory School (MPS) is a small boutique boarding school located in the village of Merrickville, Ontario on the shores of the historic Rideau Waterway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Just 45 minutes from Ottawa, the nation’s capital, Merrickville has been twice voted the prettiest town in Canada and MPS has access to all the nation’s capital resources for our students.

Our village offers a quiet safe place for students to remain focused on their academics where many of the villagers know our students by name.  With an average class size of ten students and a maximum capacity of 60 boarding students, 20 local day students and 30 live-online synchronous learners, our students receive individualized attention and support from highly trained, certified and dedicate teachers in a nurturing family-like environment.

Students from over 20 countries make MPS a distinctly Canadian and uniquely international school.

Since our founding in 2012 we have maintained a 100% university acceptance rate for our graduates to world ranked universities, with many students on scholarships.

MPS offers grades 9 – 12, a University Qualification Year and an English As a Second Language Foundations Program.

Each grade and program has distinct advantages, including our Advisor Program that focuses on life skills, our co-curricular program that focuses on mind, body and community development, our community involvement program that focuses on compassion and empathy.

Each student has one-hour of tutorial support daily from their teachers and boarding students have two hours of dedicated evening study with guided support from our residential life supervisors.

For grade 12 and University Qualification Year students we focus on “life after MPS” and provide one-on-one university guidance, support scholarship applications and provide three hours of IELTS preparation per week.

Our graduates earn the #1 world ranked Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) which is recognized by universities around the world. Over 80% of our graduates receive offers from the University of Toronto (#1 university in Canada)


  • #1 Ranked High School in the World PIEoneer Award – Secondary Learning International Impact Award.
  • #1 Ranked High School Education System in the World Conference Board of Canada.
  • Awarded on Fortune’s World’s Leading Boarding Schools in 2023 List.
  • Featured in K12 Digest´s Top 10 Prominent Boarding Schools to Watch in 2023.
  • StudyTravel Secondary School Award – North American School 2023

Services & Amenities

Student Enrollment
Foreign Student Enrolment
Mandatory On Campus Dorms
Four Seasons, Snow
Gender Restriction
Study Types
High school
Gap year
Small Town/Rural
Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 10, Grade 9
Sport Teams
Dance, Kayaking, Men's Badminton, Men's Field Hockey, Men’s Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Golf, Men’s Soccer, Table Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Weightlifting, Women's Badminton, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Field Hockey, Women’s Golf, Women’s Soccer, Women’s Softball, Women’s Volleyball, Yoga