Bright but underachieving? Always testing the limits? Possibly exhibiting the characteristics of or diagnosed with ADHD, ODD, LD or other learning challenges? Requiring more structure and resource than you can provide? Being passed forward regardless of effort? Are you the only one who believes he is capable of so much more? We have a place for him. Robert Land Academy is a not-for-profit military-themed boarding school helping boys in grades 5 through 12 to achieve their potential and be successful. (Est 1978)
A Boys Only Boarding School
Military Theme, Grades 6-12
Structure & Discipline
Extensive Academic Remediation
Safe, Rural Setting
Physical Fitness & Healthy Lifestyle
Extracurricular Clubs, Sports & Adventure Training
Addressing ADHD, ODD, OCD, LD, NLD, High Functioning Broad Spectrum Aspergers and Autism
What learning looks like now: Robert Land Academy's protocols exceed Ministry requirements in many cases with mandatory mask policy, employee screening prior to every shift, student screening every morning, reduced class sizes, revised daily schedule to allow for fewer students in the mess hall at each meal time, and physical changes to the campus to ensure distancing in sleeping and living quarters. RLA has also contracted a private company to test all employees and students twice in September, 14 days apart, to ensure everyone on campus is healthy and can't pass the virus to students or staff. Situated on 168 acres in rural Niagara, RLA is fortunate to be able to keep students isolated and within their own "bubble". The campus is large enough to allow for social distancing at all times, including for outdoor activities, and to have a separate building for international students to quarantine after arriving in Canada as well as another living quarters isolated for students who may be ill. RLA is also well equipped to return to real-time, online classes if schools are once again closed due to the virus.
6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0
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6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0
Robert Land Academy does not offer busing.
Additional notes: Robert Land Academy will arrange busing for students between the Oakville GO station and the Academy, however this service is not provided by RLA and is at the student/parent expense.
Canada's Only Private Military Boarding School For Boys
Some students thrive in environments where they have lots of latitude to be independent and self-motivating. Others thrive in the opposite: an environment that is it structured and ordered, with very clear limits and recognizable boundaries. Robert Land, truly, is for them. The daily routine is regimented, and discipline is enforced. The results, often, are astonishing. This is a school that prides itself on its ability to turn lives around, and that pride is well placed. Robert Land isn't for every student, but, of course, no school is. For students who require structure in order to succeed, the school can make a remarkable difference in a very short period of time.
The Our Kids Review
This 50-page review of Robert Land Academy, published as a book and available to read in full, here on OurKids.net, is part of our series of in-depth accounts of Canada's leading private schools. Insights were gardnered by visiting the school and interviewing students, parents, faculty, and administrators.
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 Robert Land Academy: Traditional
Robert Land Academy 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 - 44%   Liberal arts - 17%   Progressive - 27%   Montessori - 10%   Reggio Emilia - 1%   Waldorf - 1%
What Robert Land Academy says: Robert Land Academy boarding school offers a unique and highly structured learning and living environment in which many of the distractions responsible for boys not achieving marks in keeping with their potential are eliminated. Emphasis is placed upon the development of habits conducive to the development of self-care and routine, and the academic skills required for success in post-secondary environments. Small class sizes and extensive provision for remediation in numeracy and literacy skills combine with a coaching philosophy of teaching designed to elicit from boys their personal best.
The Academy’s program invariably results in dramatic academic improvements and measurable success. A healthy diet, regular exercise and monitored study halls combine with a rigorous academic program to provide challenge, encouragement and academic self-direction.
Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
Mathematics at schools on OurKids.net
Traditional math - 29%   Discovery math - 3%   Equal balance - 68%
What Robert Land Academy says: At Robert Land Academy, foundational courses target core areas of literacy and numeracy. Through the identification of actual grade level performance and diagnostic testing, academic remediation and upgrading, and specific individualized programs, boys can master the academic requirements necessary for the successful completion of their courses of study. At Robert Land Academy, foundational courses target core areas of literacy and numeracy. Through the identification of actual grade level performance and diagnostic testing, academic remediation and upgrading, and specific individualized programs, boys can master the academic requirements necessary for the successful completion of their courses of study. Remediation includes computer based instructional instruments such as Kahn Academy and the JUMP program for elementary grades.
Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.
Calculator policy: The use of calculators is restricted until such time as curriculum expectations require them. They are not employed in junior grades in order to ensure mastery of basic math skill sets.
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.
What Robert Land Academy says: At Robert Land Academy, foundational courses target core areas of literacy and numeracy. Through the identification of actual grade level performance and diagnostic testing, academic remediation and upgrading, and specific individualized programs, boys can master the academic requirements necessary for the successful completion of their courses of study.
Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
Computers and Technology at schools on OurKids.net
Light integration - 18%   Heavy integration - 33%   Medium integration - 49%
What Robert Land Academy says: Computers are provided together with monitored and restricted internet access. Personal computers and electronic devices are not allowed so as to remove potential sources of distraction.
Sex and health education approach at Robert Land Academy: Ontario curriculum
Robert Land Academy has an Ontario curriculum approach to Sex and health education (as opposed to Does not follow prrovincialcurriculum approach).
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The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.
Sex and health education at schools on OurKids.net
Follows provincial curriculum - 55%   Does not follow prrovincial curriculum - 45%
Approach to sex and health education:
Robert Land Academy has a approach Mostly value-neutral (as opposed to Fairly value-based approach).
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By and large, students are taught about sex free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. The school doesn't impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on students when teaching sex and related issues.
Robert Land Academy's approach to sex-ed: Compliance with Ontario Ministry of Education requirements is in place.
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 Robert Land Academy: Standard-enriched
Robert Land Academy has a Standard-enriched approach to Curriculum Pace (as opposed to Accelerated, Student-paced approach).
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Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.
What Robert Land Academy says: Specific programming is provided to help students address the situation where they find themselves behind academically or previously placed in streams precluding university or college admission.
Flexible pacing style
Flexible pacing style
Multi-age classrooms as standard
Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
Regular guided independent study opportunities
What Robert Land Academy says about flexible pacing: Specific programming is provided to help students address the situation where they find themselves behind academically or previously placed in streams precluding university or college admission.
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 Robert Land Academy: Rigorous
Robert Land Academy 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 - 51%   Supportive - 49%
What Robert Land Academy says: Senior academic years are focused upon post-secondary options and being able to be in a position by the end of high school where options and range of choice can be maximized.
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: Intellectual
The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
What Robert Land Academy says: This information is not currently available.
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.
Robert Land Academy is a Special needs school
Full-time programming is offered for all students which is exclusively focused on one or more special needs.
What Robert Land Academy says about their special need support: Many applicants to the school have been identified with a learning disability. The admission's process involves an interview and screening model to assess suitability of students to the program offered.
Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD:
Summary: The school's high level of structure and reduction of distractions combined with an inclusive philosophy whereby special needs students can be incorporated with smaller regular classes has proven to be effective. The Academy's standard program represents in itself an overall accommodation to many boys' needs and learning priorities.
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. 12, Robert Land Academy students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.
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What Robert Land Academy 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 Robert Land Academy says:
Competitive sports: 7 Recreational sports: 13
Legend: Competitive offered Recreational offered
Track & Field
Robert Land Academy offers 12 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”).
Boarding (Domestic)Boarding (International)
What Robert Land Academy says about their tuition: Fees include tuition, room & board, textbooks and most course materials, curriculum and athletic team related trips, personal laundry, sheets and bedding laundry. Some school uniform items are on temporary loan. Fees do not include academic supplies, school uniforms, transportation costs, counselling fees, some extracurricular trips and activities, and all personal discretionary charges.
2nd child (sibling)
Need-based financial aid
Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid
Average aid package size
Percentage of total enrolment on financial aid
Total aid available
This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications Need-based financial assistance is offered to returning students only. A financial disclosure application is required. Please contact the Academy for further details.
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.
Gr. 5 to Gr. 12
Average class size
10 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.
5 - 12
SSAT (out of province)
Boarding students: Rolling Offer mid-year entry:
The admission process at Robert Land Academy includes a written application and a personal interview with the candidate and his parents. Copies of academic transcripts or reports from the preceding two years and other pertinent information are also required. Admission is based upon the boy’s suitability to the program and the potential exhibited as a result of the interview process.
Acceptance Rate: 80%
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%.
Student Entry Points
This shows approximately how many openings there are likely to be in each grade in a typical year, as well as the estimated acceptance rate for each grade level.
Boarding Acceptance (Acceptance rate)
Type of student Robert Land Academy is looking for:
For over 40 years, Robert Land Academy Academy has been offering programs for troubled boys to help them achieve the success that they haven’t been able to achieve through the traditional school system. Approximately, eighty percent of the students from our boys’ academy come from Canada. The remaining twenty percent travel from the United States, Germany, Mexico, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, The Caribbean and elsewhere around the globe. Because Robert Land Academy attracts boys from around the world, the student body represents a broad diversity of racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Because of the intimate setting and the small student population, our students form strong friendships which last a lifetime.
Where graduates of a school do their post-secondary studies can be an important factor in choosing a private school. Do you want your child to go to a Canadian university, an Ivy league school in the US, or some other institute? Regardless of your inclinations, take a look at a school’s university placement record, and the services they offer to support university applications and decisions.
Average graduating class size
Students accepted into post-secondary studies upon graduation
Percentage of students who attend post-secondary institutions outside of Canada
Students who attended a Ivy+ school
Number of students in the past 5 years that that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)
Robert Land Academy Graduates’ Post-Secondary Studies:
This information is not currently available.
Aggregate of All Schools’ Post-Secondary Studies:
24% - Liberal Arts and Sciences 25% - Engineering and Applied Sciences 25% - Business/Commerce 5% - Fine and Performing Arts 13% - Applied Health Sciences 2% - Applied Professional Studies (Post-grad certificate / diploma) 6% - Other
Services Offered to Students
What Robert Land Academy says:
100% of Robert Land Academy's graduates were accepted into a university or college program.
Robert Land Academy's graduates were accepted to McMaster University, St. Thomas Aquainas College (California) Carleton University, Humber College, Seneca College, Ryerson University, McGill University, Sir Wilfred Laurier University, Lakehead University, Durham College, Universidad Panamericana (Mexico), Flemming College, and Mohawk College.
Robert Land Academy is a dynamic living and learning environment intended to resonate with the needs of adolescent males and encourage them to explore their potential.
Despite many changes since its founding in 1978, the Academy has stayed true to its central mission of serving boys and their families and helping them to steer a course to a productive adulthood and future.
The military theme has served the students well in providing the structure and accountability now so lacking in many educational environments and so desperately needed by so many young men. Central to our program has been the belief that encouraging boys to confront and overcome challenges is the only way to stimulate real emotional growth and intellectual development.