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When we founded Richland Academy almost 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, they must also develop strategies and problem-solving skills that address the challenges they may face later in life.
Our Faculty and Staff have since created an environment that allows students to uncover their passions through hands-on inquiry and experiential learning that builds creativity, problem solving and team building skills. We were early adopters of the 21st Century Learning Initiative’s goal to develop and implement new approaches to learning that draw upon insights into the human brain, functioning of societies and learning as a community.
As countless graduates and their parents will attest, Richland Academy has succeeded in greatly enriching the lives of our students with its strong curriculum, innovative teaching methods and character enrichment initiatives.
At the same time, we are continuing our journey to create the best learning environment possible. Recently, we have begun integrating methods inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach. This well-researched philosophy of teaching has captured the imagination of thousands of educators globally — requiring children to be seen as competent, resourceful, curious, imaginative, inventive, and possessing a desire to interact and communicate with others.
As educators, we are very excited by the potential a Reggio-inspired education offers. We are also excited each day as our students astound us with their talents and achievements, their capacity for learning, and their desire to learn about the world around them. We would be delighted to help your child experience “the best day ever” every day at Richland Academy and we welcome the opportunity to share our story.
Richland Academy, located in Richmond Hill, Ontario, is proud to be the first private elementary school in York Region to embrace the Reggio Approach to inquiry learning. As an exceptional school for PreK-Grade 6, Richland students are deeper thinking, confident and world ready. Our creative learning spaces, our nurturing relationships, and our progressive approach to education, create the community we call home.
Richland Academy is a private Reggio-inspired day school in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The school offers programs for grades PK to 6 with enrolment of 115 day students. Richland Academy has an average class size of 12 to 14 students and has a tuition cost of $15,200 to $15,800. Founded in 2002, this private school requires students to wear uniforms and the language of instruction is English.
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On January 27th, Richland students, staff and families joined us for 'Family Fun Day,' a community-building event in celebration of Winterfest and Family Literacy Day. The day began with... read more
Richland Academy’s Remembrance Day Assembly conveyed poignancy and peacefulness as the school community came together to mark this important occasion. The Grade Five students shared a reflective montage of... read more
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On Tuesday, May 8, we had the honour and privilege of welcoming our Special Guest, Ms. Lella Gandini, for a day visit to Richland! The children were ever so... read more
Richland Academy Grade 6 student, Ion Curea, is the youngest contributing artist in the ?Create Your Own Peace? Art Show! Ion?s original drawing, entitled ?Peace and War?, is his... read more
On Friday, May 25th, the Richland Community participated in our 8th Annual Meagan's Walk, honouring the memory of Meagan Bebenek. For this fund- and awareness-raising event, we welcomed special... read more
On Thursday, June 14th, we honoured and congratulated our SK and Grade 6 students at respective Graduation Ceremonies. It was remarkable to see how far each student has come... read more
Richland was all a buzz at the arrival of Richmond Hill’s Mayor, Mr. David Barrow, who recently came to see Richland’s Reggio-inspired approach to learning firsthand; and to review... read more
"A small community with big hearts." That is how Ms. Jones, a representative of Free the Children, described her experience at Richland Academy's We Day event. Richland is one... read more
On the sunny afternoon of May 11th, Richland students honoured their special Moms at our annual 'Motherâs Day Celebration.' It was a truly memorable event, where students and their... read more
On May 31st, Richland students highlighted their scientific and inquiry learning talents at our 'Science Inquiry Festival.' Explorations included: the life cycle of a frog, butterflies, sensory organs, simple... read more
Each year, throughout Black History Month, Richland Academy students broaden their understanding of Black Canadian History by participating in insightful and purposeful class discussions and activities, including a special... read more
Richland Academy has launched its campaign to be recognized as a Rights Respecting School in association with Unicef Canada. Unicef Canada's Rights Respecting Schools Initiative uses the United Nations... read more
This Valentine's Day, the Richland Academy gymnasium was buzzing with excitement as we held our first ever "Dance-a-Thon Fundraiser for Haiti," in accordance with Free The Children’s 'Adopt-A-Village' program.... read more
The week of April 16-20, Richland Academy students and staff participated in various fund- and awareness-raising activities in support of Free The Children's 'Five Days for Freedom' campaign. The... read more
On June 7th, Richland Academy students showcased their talents in a collaborative presentation of song and movement, under the direction of Performing Arts Teacher, Ms. Morgan. Confident students performed... read more
Recently, Richland Academy welcomed internationally recognized artist, Guo Yue Dou back to the school. Dou returned for another session with Grades 1-3 to create chalk pastel drawings of birds... read more
Richland Academy was honoured to be one of three guest schools invited to Free The Children's press conference in Toronto last month. With the penny officially going out of... read more
At Richland Academy, we are committed to engaging staff, students and parents in nutrition awareness and educational activities that promote healthy eating within and outside of our environment. Our... read more
On the sunny afternoon of June 13th, Richland students paid tribute to their Dads at our annual 'Father's Day Celebration BBQ.' Students and their fathers enjoyed special activities, including... read more
Richland Academy was selected by local felting artist, Melanie Siegel, to participate in her Intergenerational Felting Extravaganza, which is supported by Richmond Hill's Mayor's Endowment Fund for the Arts.... read more
Recently, Richland Academy?s Junior Choir competed in the Kiwanis Music Festival, under the guidance of their Performing Arts Teacher, Ms. Pitt. The choir blew the audience away with their... read more
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