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.
Our Faculty and Staff have since created an environment that allows students to uncover their passions through hands-on inquiry, emergent, and experiential learning that builds creative, critical, team building and life management skills. We were early adopters of the 21st Century Learning model to develop and implement new approaches to learning, which draw upon insights into the human brain, child development, functioning of societies and learning as a community.
As countless graduates and their parents will attest, Richland Academy has expanded and enriched the lives of our students with it’s solid curriculum, innovative teaching methods, character enrichment and leadership initiatives.
At the same time, we are forging ahead on our journey to create the most extraordinary learning environment for our community. Our commitment to developing students who are deeper thinking, confident, and world ready is entrenched in the internationally recognized Reggio-inspired Inquiry approach to learning. We recognize children as competent, resourceful, curious, imaginative, inventive, and possessing a desire to interact and communicate with others.
As educators, we are excited each day as our students astound us with their talents and accomplishments, their capacity for learning, and their desire to make sense of the world around them. We would be delighted to be a part of your child’s educational journey.
“The principle goal of education is to create individuals who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done.” – Jean Piaget
As a school community we prepare our students to thrive in a world of great possibilities by being deeper thinkers, confident and world ready.
To be a centre of excellence for learning innovation.
Redefining education for a changing world so that our students are deeper thinking, confident and world ready.
“Nothing without Joy” Loris Malaguzzi
Our values are connected to our relationships with ourselves, each other, and our environments. We place value in…
The Reggio Emilia approach dates back to post-war Italy, in the northern region of Reggio Emilia. The people of Reggio Emilia came together to develop a meaningful way to educate their children, and to create a better future for their community. The Reggio Emilia approach to learning engages children in questions that they develop and investigate. Just like the community of Reggio Emilia, the image of the child as a capable, curious and creative learner is at the heart of all we do at Richland Academy.
To learn more about the Reggio Emilia Approach, please visit the Reggio Children website and CNN News Report on Reggio Emilia Italy Early Childhood Schools.
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ~ Plutarch
Reggio’s Guiding Principles
Image of the Child
Environment as the Third Teacher
Thinking Made Visible through Documentation
Teacher as Researcher
Parents as Partners
When exploring educational options for children, families often inquire about the distinctions between Montessori and the Reggio Emilia approach to learning. Both philosophies are child-centered; and both engage children as active participants in their learning, allowing them to make many independent choices throughout their educational journey.
Montessori is a set approach to curriculum designed at the beginning of the 20th Century. The Reggio approach is a sophisticated method of teaching and learning, evolving with current educational research, and indeed contributes to latest research into how a child learns in the 21st Century.
The advantages of a Reggio-inspired education: