About Us

Welcome to Richland Academy

We are a warm and welcoming private school with an exceptional learning environment for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 located on the Oak Ridges Moraine in Richmond Hill, Ontario.


We offer Reggio-inspired and IB focused inquiry learning, cultivating students who are deeper thinking, confident and world ready. We are committed to excellence, which resonates through the work of our students and teachers.  Our rich and challenging curriculum ensures we deliver a solid academic foundation, which is enhanced by our comprehensive Arts programming.

What we believe

That children are incredible. They’re capable, innovative and full of potential, and we value them as individuals with unique ways of learning.

What we do

Our best for your kids. Every day. We provide outstanding learning conditions and a supportive community that cultivates students who are deeper thinking, confident, and world ready.

Why we do it

Because we’re passionate. We prepare children to thrive in a world of great possibilities.

Our People


Sandi Fischer

Head of School

Sandi brings a strong background in educational leadership to her role as Head of School. Prior to joining Richland in 2018, she had 10 years of experience as a Principal for two other private schools and had owned and operated her own learning centre in York Region. Sandi understands the uniqueness of a private school environment and the value it offers children and their families. She began her education career teaching in an IB World School and later returned to the IB education system as a Principal. She has developed expertise in inquiry-based learning and knows the tremendous opportunities an IB education provides children.


Adrian Cheung

Technology, Design and Communications Coordinator

Adrian delivers innovative technology information and unique creative aspect to Richland as he is an experienced designer with a history of working in the field of graphic design, advertising and marketing. Adrian facilitates technology uses at school, and also supports teachers and staff with any technology problems. He handles Richland’s online presence and brand communications materials.


Bessy Bianco

Office & Admissions Manager

Bessy Bianco compassion lies in helping others. Most of all seeing children happy, healthy and growing to their fullest potential. Bessy has worked many years in administration and loves being organized. She is thrilled to be a part of the Richland Academy administrators where she has the advantage of working with all the members of the organization as well as the students and their families. Her focus and concerns are on the well-being of our Richland students.


Joanne Pace

IB-PYP Coordinator and Learning Strategist

Joanne is thrilled to be part of Richland’s vibrant and creative community and lives the Reggio philosophy. She constantly challenges her students to think critically in a world that requires creativity and innovative thinking.

If you have any questions call (905)-224-5600