How we see Robert Land Academy
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How Robert Land Academy sees itself
"RLA is a not-for-profit, private boarding school for boys (grades 5 - 12) offering a distraction-free environment with small class sizes and academic tutoring. The highly structured military-model helps students develop self-discipline and the confidence to achieve their academic, moral, and physical potential. If your child is bright and underachieving, easily distracted and requires additional learning support (ADHD) to secure the grades for post-secondary opportunities contact the Academy to find out more."
"The Academy's structured program prioritizes student growth and development. The disciplined daily routine provides students with a predictable framework for success. Students often flourish within an environment that provides supervised, mandatory study halls, plenty of physical activity, time for extracurricular interests, and healthy sleeping and eating patterns. This structured program revolves around students reaching their academic, physical, and moral potential."
"Change. Our program is unique and can provide a transformative experience. Our students are accepted based on their perceived potential, not past performance. Many of our students have not thrived within the traditional school setting - socially, academically, or physically. As a result, we emphasize progress and development. We challenge our students to reach their potential and develop genuine self-confidence."
"Families tend to be surprised by our caring, committed staff. There are a lot of misconceptions about military-inspired schools, including the idea that their nature is punitive. We have a dedicated staff whose primary concern is the growth and development of our students. Our staff are passionate about our students and genuinely care about their progress."
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How people from the school’s community see Robert Land Academy
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Ryan Smid, Headmaster
Robert Land Academy is a military-inspired living and learning environment intended to provide the structure and support that adolescent males require to meet their potential. We believe strongly in personal responsibility and individual accountability as being the basis for development of the self-discipline so necessary to succeed in life.
Our founding values of courage, commitment, labour, loyalty, and honour remain unchanged and permeate every aspect of our program. Boys are given the opportunity to earn leadership positions, ranks, and awards based entirely on merit. They quickly learn the value in working hard to accomplish goals and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that they have earned whatever it is they have received, good or bad.
The Academy is not for every boy. They have no access to the internet and personal phones are not permitted. Every hour of the day is accounted for and a routine quickly established. Many find it difficult. However, our graduates all come to recognize the value of the program in assisting them in meeting their academic, moral, and physical potential. As an Academy, we certainly take great pride in knowing that we are helping to produce excellent leaders and citizens who positively contribute to the society in which they live!
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