How we see Richmond Hill Christian Academy
Richmond Hill Christian Academy (RHCA) provides a non-denominational Christian education for Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. It follows a rigorous and accelerated curriculum with a biblical foundation. Its dedicated and highly qualified teachers focus on preparing students for service to God and their community while striving for academic excellence. More than 25% of the curriculum at RHCA is religion-based. The school provides a disciplined environment and a safe space for all kids to learn, one in which they’re always treated with love and respect. Teaching staff have close relationships with families and are committed to fostering kids’ spiritual, social, and physical growth.
How Richmond Hill Christian Academy sees itself
"Richmond Hill Christian Academy (RHCA) is an independent, non-denominational, private Christian school. We are a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), and are listed as a private school on the Ministry of Education website."
"Abeka curriculum is used in all of our grades, and it is the foundational to our school's educational program. It is a thoroughly Christian curriculum that is tried and true since 1972 with real-world results (CAT-4). Abeka is the largest publisher of Christian curriculum in the world and is used by more than a million students in Christian schools around the world. In Ontario, there are 12 schools that use it exclusively and 45 that use it predominantly."
"Top five reasons given for choosing RHCA:
1. High academic standards
2. Caring and supportive environment and staff
3. Observable changes in learning achievements and character developments
4. Affordable tuition rates
5. Structured learning environment"
"Although considered by many as an academically advance school, our program is geared towards the average child who is willing to work hard and parents who are supportive of school's philosophy and policies. Parents are often amazed at the amount of learning students are able to achieve through a well developed, school-wide curriculum taught by highly dedicated teachers. Ordinary students are able to accomplish extraordinary results when they are provided the opportunities and training needed!"
"As a Christian school rooted in the Biblical worldview, RHCA is a safe place for our students and staff. For many, that is an important reason why families enrol their children. For some, the protective environment can be viewed as a drawback due to its sheltering nature. For families who professed to Biblical Christianity, the formative years of a child's development are critical for establishing a sure foundation in their faith. Such faith strengthening environment is provided at RHCA."
"1. We were founded on January 15, 1996, by Brian and Madeline Hayes.
2. We currently have around 300 students - large enough to offer a variety of programs but small enough to still be personable.
3. Our class sizes range from 10 to 24 with 25 as our maximum.
4. We own our current facility since May of 2010.
5. Many of our Grade 8 graduates are accepted in specialized high school programs like IB and AP."
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
John Yip, Principal
Welcome to Richmond Hill Christian Academy! We are a Christian school founded upon the Word of God. Our mission is to prepare the next generation for service to God and to our community, our country, and to our world. We accomplish this by using a thoroughly Christian school wide curriculum that is taught by dedicated and highly qualified teaching staff in a loving but structured environment that strives for excellence in the development of the whole student.
We provide a Christ-centred education with a clear, biblical worldview that allows children to learn of God’s great love for them! We welcome children from all backgrounds, whose parents/guardians are supportive of the school’s philosophy and policies, to come and discover what a difference Christ can make in their education!
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Make sure any prospective school, no matter what size, provides the right social environment to help your child feel at home, make friends, and develop confidence. This is especially important at big schools, which are sometimes more socially overwhelming and challenging for an introvert to find their bearings in. Of course, “Because larger schools usually have a more diverse student population, introverted kids are more likely to find a small group of people like them, a peer group they can relate to and find acceptance from,” says Dona Matthews, Toronto-based education consultant and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence.
Bigger schools often have a broader scope of extracurricular activities, which is another way to help your child meet the right group of friends. “This may also give them the opportunity to develop certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students. Remember, though, each child is different—so what works for one may not work for another.”
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