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Revel Academy

Grades JK TO Gr. 8 — Ottawa, ON (MAP)

Revel Academy:

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  • Grades
    JK — Gr. 8
  • Gender
  • Class Size
    13 — 20 students
  • Tuition
  • Language of instruction
  • Associations
  • Enrolment
    60 day students
  • Curriculum

School address

  • 1550 Laperriere Avenue, Suite 100, Ottawa, Ontario, K1Z 7T2 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see Revel Academy

Revel Academy offers a progressive, student-paced curriculum where kids have a lot of flexibility in and take responsibility for their learning. Students thrive in this small and inclusive school community, feeling a sense of belonging that fosters both personal and academic growth. Revel Academy consists of three “studios”—Spark for ages 4 to 6, Discovery for ages 6 to 11, and Exploration for ages 11 to 14—where kids work at their own pace using adaptive technology, hands-on challenges, and real-world apprenticeships. Extracurriculars include plenty of STEM, art, cooking, and entrepreneurship. Revel makes social, physical, and emotional development major areas of focus. For instance, it uses daily mindfulness practice in class and offers plenty of explorative playtime and activities.

School's Perspective

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How Revel Academy sees itself

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Who are you, as a school?

"A member of the Acton Academy network, Revel Academy believes that each child has an opportunity to profoundly change the world. Our learner-driven community puts children at the centre of their learning, empowering them to create personal goals and relational covenants, and participate in meaningful real-world projects. Working at their own pace in multi-age studios, learners strengthen their character and leadership skills with Socratic discussions, adaptive technology, hands-on challenges, and apprenticeships."

  • Learners demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills by earning badges and creating portfolios.
  • Families are invited to attend Exhibitions of Learning at the end of every six-week session.
  • After-school enrichment includes STEM, art, cooking, coding, Destination Imagination, and more.
  • Daily mindfulness includes yoga, meditation, and breathing techniques to develop strategies.
  • Learning and progress are transparent through the use of our online platform shared with families.
  • Family community that actively participates in Book Clubs, workshops, game nights, and events.
  • Revel Recap is sent to all families explaining what we worked on in each studio each week.
  • Learners can sled, ice skate, play sports, use play structures, climb trees, and explore at recess.
  • Inclusive and supportive environment for all cultures, gender identities, and sexual orientations.
  • Founder and coordinator of the entrepreneurial, Ottawa Children's Business Fair.

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"Accredited by the International Association of Learner Driven Schools, Revel puts our students in control. In each mixed-age studio, learners create their accountability systems, develop personalized SMART goals, and work together to create a culture of warm-hearted and tough-minded leaders. Our learners, known as Rebels, are encouraged to question and think critically rather than blindly follow. As a skills-based program, we value creativity and curiosity over memorization of content."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"As a self-paced and mastery-based school, learners who have been frustrated with the traditional age based approach, finally find a school where they can thrive. We believe that providing a flexible learning environment where kids can work comfortably, take body breaks, and make decisions about which goal they'd like to tackle next greatly improves executive functioning skills and confidence."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"Our six-week-long project-based challenges, called Quests, combine the arts, maths, sciences, and social sciences, creating real-world learning opportunities. Learners not only see themselves represented in the curriculum but are encouraged to use their strengths to tackle problems they care about solving. Starting in middle school our learners are also required to seek apprenticeships in fields of interest, developing how to pitch oneself, communicate professionally, and discover new passions."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Before joining Revel, some families are hesitant regarding the amount of choice, and freedom learners are provided. However, after only a short time, parents realize that the structure of our program sets students up for success while developing time-management, self-advocacy, and perseverance."

School Facilities

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Revel Academy

Written reviews of Revel Academy


Parent, Nicole MacDonald (2023)

SK (current),Gr. 2 (current) — My children love Revel! They play more and learn more, and spend less time standing in line, waiting...


Parent, Sheri Segal Glick (2023)

Gr. 7 (current) — When our son started at Revel Academy, he was disenchanted at the thought of school. He was bored an...


Parent, Amy R (2022)

SK (current) — Our child seems to have really enjoyed the autonomy to choose what they want to work focus on, the g...
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