RCA is a non-denominational Christian school offering students the chance to achieve academic excellence in a safe, nurturing environment. The school adheres to a trinity of core values - Reaching up towards God; Reaching out towards community; and Reaching in towards personal excellence.
The RCA syllabus for core subjects meets and exceeds MoE for Ontario standards. Enrichment programs, include sports, music, art, computers, speech meet, electives and Gr. 8 Student Leadership University trip.
RCA has a daily French program for Pre JK- Grade 8
RCA upper school students get to take part in The Taste Of Life elective program weekly.
RCA students have to opportunity to attend many field trips and hands on education outdoors.
RCA upper school students participate in sports tournaments with other Christian private schools.
RCA students from grades 1-8 will participate in our swim program each Fall and Spring.
Grade 8 students participate in June at Student Leadership University in Orlando, Florida.
Grade 7 & 8 students participate in a variety of leadership opportunities at RCA.
RCA students donate weekly to local and global charities as a part of our worship chapel.
The RCA community has weekly chapels with music, dancing and different speakers.
RCA has a monthly school wide community assembly to celebrate the achievements from all students.
Learning at Resurrection Christian Academy during COVID-19
What learning looks like now: RCA has pivoted well through out the Pandemic from online learning to in person and back online as needed. All students in grades 3-8 have a Chromebook which has helped make the transition smooth for when we have had to pivot. This past year we followed all the ministry of health guidelines and protocols. We are awaiting further instruction for the Fall of 2021.
On September 20th we will be hosting our annual golf marathon at the Victoria Park Valley Golf Club. We are looking for golfers to join us for some fun golfing activities and for people to sponsor our golfers as they play their hearts out for a great cause! We are raising money to provide bursaries to the children of single unsupported parents and families in financial need who want their children to receive a Christian education from RCA. For further information you can check out our golf site at www.rcagolf.com/testimonials.
Join us Monday, September 20, 2021 from 10:00 am - 06:00 pm
Our Music Room with BoomWhackers, Ukuleles, Recorders, a Keyboard, Drums, and more
Our Main Auditorium for Chapel, Choir, Assemblies, Events, and Performances
From the Road
Our Main Entrance
Our Pre JK Classroom
Our JK/SK Classroom
An Upper School Classroom
Science Lab Equipment
Our Science Lab for Upper School Students
Our STEM Program Equipment and Computer Lab
Smart Boards in JK/SK and music classrooms
Pre JK, JK, and SK computers for Letterland Phonics Program
Our Study Hall
Insider Reviews and Perspectives
Our Take: Resurrection Christian Academy
Resurrection checks all the boxes and then some: small classes, student-centred learning, a strong extended community, and a robust program of co-curriculars. The school delivers the provincial curriculum through the lens Christian teaching and values. A dedication to a hands-on approach—evidenced in proprietary programs such as The Taste of Life--roots academic delivery in authentic experiences. Spaces are sparkling and up to date, able to accommodate a range of learning styles. Parents report a high satisfaction with the student experience, particularly an attention character education, and student engagement in all areas of school life.
Central to your child's school experience is the underlying curriculum taught in the classroom. "Curriculum" refers to both what is taught and how it's taught. When considering the different curricula outlined in the next few pages, keep in mind that few schools fall neatly into one category or another. Most schools' curricula comprise a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. Having said that, most schools do have a general overall curriculum type. These are identified for each school on OurKids.net.
Curriculum approach at RCA: Traditional
RCA has a Traditional approach to Curriculum (as opposed to Liberal Arts, Progressive, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, Waldorf approach).
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Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.
Curriculum at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 100%   Liberal arts - 100%   Progressive - 100%   Montessori - 100%   Reggio Emilia - 100%   Waldorf - 100%
What RCA says: RCA has a unique approach towards education that is focused upon the health, welfare, and academic needs of each individual child. In our small classes teachers can work one on one with each child to encourage them to love school and to enjoy their educational journey.
Each teacher is committed to providing each child with the opportunity to reach their own personal academic excellence within a safe nurturing environment.
The maximum number of students in any class is 16, ensuring that the teachers have the chance to offer each child the individual attention that they need.
Rotary teaching by subject specialists commences in Grade 4 in order to provide students with consistency and a high degree of subject expertise.
Ontario curriculum requirements exceeded:
Daily French for all students;
Additional foundational core skills;
A wide array of online programs and resources giving students the full benefit of multimedia interactive learning;
These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Equal balance - 100%   Traditional math - 100%   Discovery math - 100%
What RCA says: This information is not currently available.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: In the kindergarten program - Abeka
Grades 1-8 Bob Jones Math
Also we use these online programs for supplementary curriculum Grades 1-8 Mathletics, Prodigy, Cod.org
Calculator policy: Students are introduced to calculators slowly in grade 5-8.
Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
What RCA says: Students are introduced to letters and sounds in Pre JK- JK. In Senior kindergarten students are taught to blend sounds, read short vowel words, long vowel words, special sounds and sight words.
DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.
What RCA says: This information is not currently available.
Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
Literature at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional - 100%   Social justice - 4%   Equal balance - 100%
What RCA says: This information is not currently available.
The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.
A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Heavy integration - 100%   Light integration - 100%   Medium integration - 100%
What RCA says: In upper school students are introduced to STEM classes, multi media, robotics, coding, filming and photo editing.
What RCA says: RCA is dedicated to providing all students with multiple opportunities to try a full range* of individual and team sports in order to encourage life time enjoyment of and participation in physical activity. RCA has a full sized gymnasium and over the course of the year students participate in a wide range of sports including, badminton, basketball, volleyball, soccer, indoor hockey, track and field and cross country running.
As members CAASO students are given the opportunity to participate in the CAASO sponsored sports events throughout each school year.
RCA believes that swimming is a life skill and it is our opinion that in order to complete a child's primary education it is important that each child is taught to swim.
Preschools and kindergartens tend to have a particular curriculum or curricular approach. This refers to what is taught and how it's taught. Most preschools have a curriculum that comprises a blend of best practices drawn from multiple curriculum types. A preschool's curriculum may or may not, though, reflect its higher-level curriculum (if it's part of a school with elementary or secondary programs)
Preschool/K Curriculum approach at RCA: Academic
RCA has an Academic approach to Preschool/K Curriculum (as opposed to Play-based, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia approach).
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Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
What RCA says: We believe that the seeds of love and learning are planted in our Kindergarten, for that reason we keep our programs small:
Our programs offer young students a happy and safe introduction to school life with a well balanced program blending a gentle introduction to academics with a fun-filled day of music, play, crafts, and activities.
Introduction to academic subjects begins in a nurturing, fun, and age appropriate environment. Early introduction to French, computers, our extensive library and well equipped-gym provide our youngest students with many exciting opportunities to grow and learn in a safe, welcoming environment.
This refers to the rate at which students move through the curriculum (e.g., topics, textbook material, skills, etc.). Curriculum pace is often defined in comparison to provincial standards.
Curriculum Pace approach at RCA: Accelerated
RCA has an Accelerated approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Standard-enriched, Student-paced approach).
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The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).
Through the collective mindset of teachers, administrators, students, and parents, each school develops and maintains its own academic culture. This generally relates to the norms and expectations created around academic performance. Many parents look to private schools because they want a specific type of culture. Some want a rigorous environment that will elevate their child to new heights. Others want a nurturing environment that will help their child develop a passion for learning.
Academic Culture approach at RCA: Rigorous
RCA has a Rigorous approach to Academic Culture (as opposed to Supportive approach).
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A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.
Academic Culture at schools on OurKids.net
Rigorous - 100%   Supportive - 100%
What RCA says: This information is not currently available.
Schools have specific goals regarding how they want their educate and develop their students. This is part of a school's overall philosophy or vision, which is contained in its mission statement. While they tend have several developmental aims, schools tend to priortize certain aims, such as intellectual, social, spiritual, emotional, or physical development.
Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
"Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
Secondary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
What RCA says: Resurrection Christian Academy is a non-denominational Gospel based Christian school that offers all its students the opportunity to feel that they are a valuable and cared for part of a large family. RCA believes that each child is a gift from God and that our role is to teach them to find how God has blessed them and to nurture their gifting. Students are guided daily by our school motto to :-
Reach up towards God
Reach out towards the Community, and
Reach in towards Personal Excellence
Schools offer a wide range of approaches and services to support students with special needs. This may include individualized learning, one-on-one support, small classes, resource rooms, and learning aids. These supports may be provided in a number of different environments such as a dedicated special needs school or class, an integrated class, a withdrawal class, or a regular class with resource support or in-class adaptations.
RCA offers Full-time Dedicated Class
Students are placed in a separate special education class.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
Language Processing Disorder
This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
Drug and alcohol abuse
This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
Schools support students with gifted or advanced learning abilities in a several ways. Whether they offer a full-time gifted program or part-time support, they normally provide some form of accelerated learning (delivering content at a faster pace) or enrichment (covering content more broadly or deeply). Many schools also offer a wide range of in-class adaptations to support advanced learners, such as guided independent studies, project-based learning, and career exploration.
Dedicated gifted programs:
Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)
Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)
Homework is work that's assigned to students for completion outside of regular class time. There's a long-standing debate over homework. Should homework be assigned to school-age children? If so, in what grades? And how much homework should be assigned? In selecting the right school for your child, it's important to look closely at a school's homework policy.
In grade Gr. 8, RCA students perform an average of 45 mins of homework per night.
What RCA says about their flipped classroom policy: This information is not currently available.
While all schools measure individual progress and achievement in students, they have different ways of doing this. For instance, many traditional schools gauge progress through report cards, which give students lettered or numbered grades. Other schools, meanwhile, measure progress in other ways, either in addition to or instead of giving grades. For instance, they may offer prose-based feedback (i.e, comments), academic achievement reporting, habits and behaviour reporting, and parent-teacher meetings. In choosing the right school for your child, take a close look at its policy for measuring the individual progress of students.
While academics remain the priority for most private schools, many also place a strong focus on a well-rounded education and encourage participation in extracurricular activities such as sports, music, arts, or clubs. Involvement in extracurriculars helps stimulate students in their studies, makes them more motivated to learn, and can make school more enjoyable and fulfilling. Extracurricular activities can also provide students with a much-needed break from the stresses of academics, while helping them to develop skills and allowing them to take part in valuable social situations.
What RCA says:
RCA Soccer is proud to be the 2018-2019 CASSO Soccer Champions
Competitive sports: 8 Recreational sports: 5
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Resurrection Christian Academy offers 9 clubs and extracurricular programs.
This can depend on a number of factors, including the type of school, living arrangements, what’s included in tuition, school location, resources, and facilities. Many private schools in Canada have tuition that ranges between $6,000 and $12,000 a year. While some schools, such as schools which provide room and board, can be more expensive, many of these schools provide ways to defray the costs of tuition. For instance, they may offer merit-based scholarships or needs-based financial aid (often referred to as “bursaries” or “subsidies”).
What RCA says about their tuition: Family Rates:
Child 1 $8000
Child 2 $6000
Child 3 $4000
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
JK to 8
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid
Private schools come in all shapes and sizes. Some larger schools have enrolment numbers in the thousands, while some smaller schools have only a few dozen students. Boarding schools tend to be on the larger side, while alternative schools, such as Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf, are normally smaller. Besides the overall size of school, there are other important facts you’ll want to know about a school’s enrolment. For instance, here you can learn about a school’s enrolment for separate streams (if they have them), such as day and boarding, its average class size, and its average enrolment per grade.
Preschool to Gr. 8
Average class size
7 to 16
% of international students (total enrolment)
Number of different nationalities within student population
Private schools in Canada have admissions policies. All schools have some required application materials, though these vary between schools. These may include letters of application, application fees, essays, and exams (such as the SSAT). Many schools also require interviews with prospective students, either with their parents, on their own, or both. Schools also have different standards and priorities when evaluating student applications, different acceptance rates (which may vary between grade levels), and target different kinds of students. To improve your child’s chances of acceptance, you should find out everything you can about a school’s admissions policies and how they assess applicants.
This is the percentage of applicants typically accepted into the school. So if 50 students are admitted out of 100 applicants, the school has an overall acceptance rate of 50%.
Type of student RCA is looking for:
RCA students are students who reach up towards God, out towards the community and in towards personal excellence.
Students at RCA are not afraid to ask questions, they are hard workers, they are involved, they are leaders, they are motivated, and they seize opportunities. We look forward to meeting new prospective students who want to be the best they can be.
Bachelor of Christian Education; ACSI Principal Certificate; Certificate in School Management and School Leadership from Harvard Business School and Harvard Graduate School of Education
At RCA we often say… we are a Small school - large family - this is the essence of RCA. RCA was started by a call from God to offer an education to children in a safe loving environment where they feel loved and accepted for who they are. God had a plan and purpose when he shared a vision of RCA with the RCA leaders and when he called the teachers to Resurrection Christian Academy. This school is a beautiful gift from God that is making a difference in the lives of the children here in Guelph.
Students at RCA have the opportunity to develop and grow into the people who God intended them to be in a safe environment in which childhood is cherished and protected. Small class sizes ensure that our gifted Christian teachers have the opportunity to bring out the individual strengths of each student. Our goal is to enable each student to reach for their own personal strengths within a caring Christian environment.
RCA offers students the opportunity to achieve success through academics, athletics, music, art, drama, technology, and community service. We seek to offer students a safe, happy environment in which to learn, play, and thrive. RCA students look forward to coming to school on a daily basis and enjoy their elementary school experience.
At RCA we have a passion for teaching young people of all ages and inspiring them to be the best that God made them to be. Every child needs a champion in their lives and the RCA team of teachers and Administration believe that by encouraging young learners and inspiring them to be the best they can be children will find success in their learning journey.
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