“Congratulations to Richland for winning best private school. I’m not surprised, Richland was a wonderful experience for my children. I owe it to Richland for all their time management and organization skills. To this day both my kids still have the same color code of binders for each subject like they did at Richland. Thank you all for providing my kids with a wonderful and memorable time at Richland.” – L.P. (Richland Parent)
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. With the majority of our students working a year ahead, the Ontario Curriculum Guidelines and Expectations are not simply met, but are exceeded and enriched through our progressive approach to learning. To measure our academic excellence we utilize an external measurement of success. Richland Academy students’ attainment is measured annually, through the Canadian Achievement Test (CAT), with student scores typically two years above the National Average.
As a 21st Century learning community, and the first private Early Years to Grade 8 school in York Region to embrace the Reggio approach to inquiry learning. Our nurturing community offers a sense of belonging for our students, staff and families, and differentiates us from others. Our child-centered, experiential and intellectually-stimulating environment fosters life-long learning skills and attitudes, where our students and staff feel connected, capable and counted in our community. We support every student in developing the mindset, cognitive and academic skills vital for success by giving them the tools they need to be adaptable, and by instilling in them the ability and desire to love learning.
“Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.” – Plato
Richland students are kind, happy, confident and responsible. As a community we foster relationships with each other and our environment, based on respect and understanding.
“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” – Aristotle
When we founded Richland Academy over a decade ago, we had a clear vision as educators of what was and was not working in childhood education.
We envisioned a learning environment that did not tether our children to a rigid curriculum, but rather guided and inspired them to learn. While recognizing young learners need a solid foundation in all aspects of academics; intellectual development, a questioning mindset in pursuit of excellence, coupled with the confidence and courage to thrive in tomorrow’s world, are equally relevant.