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.

A Message from our Founder

Welcome to our school!

Long before Richland was a reality, my own personal experiences as a student and teacher lead me on a journey of finding a better way of educating our children, a way that was more inclusive, engaging and embodying the full essence of each child.

When I founded Richland Academy in 2002, I had a clear vision of a child in my mind. One that was aware, kind, motivated, confident, self-assured, intelligent, and independent. In this image, a new and progressive learning model was created, one which would provide children with an environment that would honour them for who they are, inspire them to embrace and seek out learning, while developing the knowledge, skills and mindset required for tomorrow’s world.

Our students are educated in a holistic manner, encompassing their minds, bodies and spirits. They are directly and actively involved in their learning, experiencing it through their actions, thoughts and feelings. Our role is to enlighten their minds, enhance their knowledge and enrich their experiences.

As educators we are excited each day as our students astound us with their talents, contributions, accomplishments, their capacity for learning, and their desire to make sense of the world around them.

Your children hold in their hands the power to be the change agents of our world. Driven by passion and a purpose and guided by their hearts and minds, your children will take their ideas and dreams and make them a reality for all of humanity.

Many years ago, that dream of a child inspired Richland to be. Your children and the future children of Richland are the gifts and inspiration to guide and steer us into the next era.

My gratitude to that image of the child.


Marlina Oliveira


We hold Open Houses all year round, come and register for our Open House or schedule a one-on-one private tour to explore our school and learn more about students’ journey at Richland!

A Message from our Head of School


Welcome to Richland!

Richland is committed to being a leading Reggio inspired IB World School; inspiring, supporting, and nurturing our multi-cultural students to be well- educated, balanced and empathetic global citizens. Founded in 2002, Richland continues to build upon a solid foundation of academic excellence and rigor combined with a warm, nurturing and inclusive environment in which all students feel welcomed and valued.

At Richland Academy, our committed faculty facilitate student learning about the world in which we live, helping them become internationally minded global citizens. Exciting and engaging learning experiences take place in the classroom, on the stage in school musical productions, in the art studio, learning commons, and natural outdoor learning spaces. Our students also learn about the importance of giving and sharing with the wider world through action. We are a professional learning community following a holistic approach to education. We educate the whole person; academically, artistically, physically and socially. No two students or journeys are alike and we will go out of our way to find and nurture each student’s unique abilities. Ultimately, we work together to shape 21 st  century leaders who have the courage to take intellectual risks as they work effectively with others.

The first thing you will notice when you arrive at Richland Academy is that the excitement is tangible; you will feel the energy and sense the vibrancy as soon as you enter the school. You will grasp the wonder of discovery in the classrooms as each student and faculty member engage in authentic critical thinking and learning. I invite you to come and join me for a tour of Richland Academy where I am confident you will feel the same joy I did when I walked through the school and was reminded that there has never been a more exciting time to work in the field of education!

With best wishes,

Sandi Fischer
Head of School

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