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Richland Academy

Grades JK TO Gr. 8 — Richmond Hill, ON (MAP)

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School address

  • 11570 Yonge Street, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 3N7 (MAP)
  • Busing not available

Our Perspective

How we see Richland Academy

Richland is a Reggio Emilia inspired school, though the administration historically hasn’t been afraid to innovate and put their own spin on things. One example is the house system around which the community of the school is organized. It’s emblematic of the culture of care, and the house names—Suzuki, Fox, and Keilburger—are emblematic as well. Those things hint at an undercurrent of service and engagement that runs through the culture of the school. The instructional programs are strong, but often it’s that culture/values piece that is also a primary draw.  

School's Perspective

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How Richland Academy sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"Richland Academy is a progressive, innovative Reggio-inspired and International Baccalaureate (IB) PYP Authorized and MYP Candidate School for children from Kindergarten to Grade 8. We are a community of learners who are active, responsible, and compassionate global citizens. At Richland we cultivate students who are deeper thinking, confident, and world ready. “Voted #1 Private School in Richmond Hill by The Readers’ Choice in 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, and Top Choice Awards in 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024!”"

  • Richland Academy - IB World School with Reggio-inspired learning from K to Grade 8.
  • Innovative PYP Authorized, MYP Candidate School shaping confident, world-ready students.
  • Voted #1 Private School in Richmond Hill multiple times for educational excellence.
  • Fostering active, responsible, and compassionate global citizens in our vibrant community.
  • Cultivating deeper thinkers through progressive education at the heart of our mission.
  • Experience dynamic and engaging learning environments that spark curiosity and growth.
  • Our dynamic learning community is a vibrant hub for young, curious minds.

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"At Richland Academy, we redefine educational excellence. What sets us apart is our fusion of Reggio-inspired creativity with the renowned International Baccalaureate (IB) framework. Our approach goes beyond traditional learning, cultivating active, responsible, and compassionate global citizens. We pride ourselves on shaping confident, world-ready thinkers from Kindergarten to Grade 8. With IB PYP authorization and MYP candidacy, we lead the way in innovative education."

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

"Our unique blend of Reggio-inspired creativity and the globally recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) framework sets us apart. Voted #1 Private School in Richmond Hill multiple times, our dynamic community thrives on continuous improvement. Families appreciate our dedication to each child's potential, creating an environment where innovation, individuality, and academic achievement flourish. We empower students from Kindergarten to Grade 8 to become confident, world-ready thinkers."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The underappreciated gem at Richland Academy is our incredible team. Beyond our exceptional educators, our administrative staff works tirelessly to ensure seamless operations. They go above and beyond, contributing significantly to the school's success. From our office staff to the custodial team, every role plays a crucial part. It's this holistic effort that often goes unnoticed but is fundamental to our vibrant learning community."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Our community is more than a school; it's a family. Perspective families are pleasantly surprised by the warm and welcoming embrace of our dedicated teachers and staff. Parents actively engage in the learning journey, creating a collaborative and supportive environment. At Richland, the sense of belonging goes beyond expectation. Our commitment to nurturing not only academic but also social and emotional growth sets us apart."

School Facilities

Photo-tour of facilities

Athletics facilities

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Science facilities

Instructional resources

Shared spaces

School Videos

Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see Richland Academy

Video reviews of Richland Academy

Parent, David and Ying Young (2023)

Watch our parent interview with David and Ying Young to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Richland Academy.

Alum, Sandhya Srinivasan (2022)

Watch our alum interview with Sandhya Srinivasan to learn about the unique experience of attending Richland Academy.

Parent, Linda Zolumoff (2020)

Watch our parent interview with Linda Zolumoff to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend Richland Academy.

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Message from school leadership

Sandi Fischer, Head of School

Richland is committed to being a leading Reggio inspired IB World School; inspiring, supporting, and nurturing our multi-cultural students to be well- educated, balanced and empathetic global citizens. Founded in 2002, Richland continues to build upon a solid foundation of academic excellence and rigor combined with a warm, nurturing and inclusive environment in which all students feel welcomed and valued.

At Richland Academy, our committed faculty facilitate student learning about the world in which we live, helping them become internationally minded global citizens. Exciting and engaging learning experiences take place in the classroom, on the stage in school musical productions, in the art studio, learning commons, and natural outdoor learning spaces. Our students also learn about the importance of giving and sharing with the wider world through action. We are a professional learning community following a holistic approach to education. We educate the whole person; academically, artistically, physically and socially. No two students or journeys are alike and we will go out of our way to find and nurture each student’s unique abilities. Ultimately, we work together to shape 21 st  century leaders who have the courage to take intellectual risks as they work effectively with others.

The first thing you will notice when you arrive at Richland Academy is that the excitement is tangible; you will feel the energy and sense the vibrancy as soon as you enter the school. You will grasp the wonder of discovery in the classrooms as each student and faculty member engage in authentic critical thinking and learning. I invite you to come and join me for a tour of Richland Academy where I am confident you will feel the same joy I did when I walked through the school and was reminded that there has never been a more exciting time to work in the field of education!

With best wishes,

Sandi Fischer
Head of School

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