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Robert Land Academy

  • Type: Traditional,  Special Needs
  • Grade (Gender): 5 to 12 (Boys)
  • Tuition: $52,650 to 55,650/year
  • Class size: 10 to 16
  • Homestay: No
  • Founded: 1978
  • Uniform: Yes
  • Language: English
  • Enrolment: Boarding: 125 (Gr. 5 - 12)

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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? Likable, charming and full of potential? Are you the only one who believes that 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)

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  • A Boys Only Boarding School
  • Military Theme, Grades 5-12
  • 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


6727 South Chippawa Road, Wellandport, Ontario, L0R 2J0


Principal's Message


Kevin Wendling, Headmaster

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.

Respectfully Yours,

Kevin Wendling


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

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 uni?ed 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.

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.

  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Military Special needs , Troubled Teens

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      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.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • 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.

    Writing Equal balance

      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.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • 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.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Robert Land Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      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).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Robert Land Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Robert Land Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Robert Land Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • What Robert Land Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Light integration

      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.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • 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.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Robert Land Academy says: Physical education is an integral part of the school's overall program and is seen as a means to promote both mental and physical health.

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Robert Land Academy says: N/A

    Sex and health education Follows provincial curriculum

      The structure, pacing, focus, and tone of the sex education curriculum reflects that of the provincial one, taught in public schools.

    • Robert Land Academy 's approach to sex-ed: Compliance with Ontario Ministry of Education requirements is in place.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    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: This information is not currently available.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    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
    Differentiated assessment

    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.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    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”.

    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.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

    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.

    Special Needs Support Special needs school

    Special needs school

    • 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.

    • What Robert Land Academy says: 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.

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Robert Land Academy does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Robert Land Academy students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Robert Land Academy 30 mins30 mins30 mins90 mins90 mins160 mins160 mins
    Site Average40 mins52 mins57 mins68 mins79 mins95 mins108 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Habits and behaviour reporting5 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings5 to 12


    What Robert Land Academy says:
    • Boxing
    • Automotive Club
    • Army Cadets
    • Music Club
    • Rock Climbing

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Martial Arts
      Mountain biking
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Environmental Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
    Boarding (Domestic)$52,650
    Boarding (International)$55,650
    What Robert Land Academy says: 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.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students$3,000

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:

    More information:

    Application Details:

    Need-based financial assistance is offered to returning students only. An financial disclosure application is required. Please contact the Academy for further details.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Merit Based Scholarship
    Amount: $0
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 5 to 11—

    Merit-based scholarships may be offered to returning students.


    Total enrollment 125
    Average enrollment per grade16
    Gender (grades)5 to 12 (Boys)
    Boarding offered Gr. 5 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)100%

    Student distribution: We do not have this data for Robert Land Academy



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview5 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Boarding students:

    What Robert Land Academy says:

    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:


    Type of student Robert Land Academy is looking for: For over 35 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.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type56789101112
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size20
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements1
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University of Alberta or Dalhousie.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    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.

  • Stories & Testimonials



    Coming off a high at the OFSSA Wrestling Championships held in Guelph, Ontario in March, 17 year old Alexandre MacIntyre ranked in the top six at the 2013 Cadet and Juvenile Wrestling Nationals held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan April 5 & 6. 

    Alex is a grade 12 student attending Robert Land Academy.  With a first place finish in his weight category at OFSAA, Alex was invited to be part of the Junior Brock Badgers Wrestling Club representing Team Ontario at the Nationals this year.  He finished with 4 wins in 7 matches, ranking in the top 6 out of 24 wrestlers in the 76 kg weight category.  This is Alex's second year wrestling at the Nationals, finishing in the top 8 in 2012 in New Brunswick.

    Alex says that he was "blown away to have made it this far after just 4 years of wrestling at RLA", and that "you can achieve anything at Robert Land Academy."  He was also impressed to see such amazingly talented wrestlers from all across Canada come together in one place.

    Alex plans to continue wrestling next year when he attends university.  When asked where he plans to attend, he says that "he is still undecided and is keeping his options open." ...

    Why a Military Style School May be the Right Choice

    Many parents of boys ponder the notion of sending their son to military school at least once in their life. Are you one of them? Why is this? It may be because you are frustrated with your son and you recognize such incredible potential in him which he is wasting. Often, the evidence of this is failing grades, conflicting values between family and friends, disruptive behaviour at school and at home, and low self-confidence. Robert Land Academy is a private military boarding school for boys located in Ontario, Canada. It is situated in a rural setting within the picturesque Niagara Region, approximately 60 minutes from Toronto and 30 minutes from the United States border. The school’s military theme is the foundation of its learning and living environment, providing structure and discipline for boys who are troubled by poor grades and wasted potential. Within this boarding school environment, boys are challenged to work to their fullest capacity. Invariably, students quickly realize success. Their grades improve, their level of physical fitness improves, and they have a greater positive impression about themselves as well as a healthier outlook on life. For boys graduating from Robert Land Academy, 100% of those who apply to college or university are accepted into their program of choice. Living away from home means boys are separated from the ever present negative distractions of their current environment. This time away provides opportunity for family relationships to mend – often resulting in a fresh start for the boy, his siblings and his parents. At Robert Land Academy, the goal is to help realize the potential of each student academically, physically and emotionally. If you have ever considered a military boarding school for your son, then it is worthwhile contacting Robert Land Academy for further information. ...

    Robert Land Academy Students Excel at Climbing Competition

    The Robert Land Academy Climbing Team competed at its first competition on November 20, 2011 at Peaks Climbing Gym in St. Catharines, Ontario. Two RLA students, Paul B and Brendan W both competed throughout this three hour competition. All competitors were free to climb any of the 45 routes that were set. If they were successful at their climb they received a point value based on the difficulty of each climb. Their six highest scoring climbs were added together to give their total score. In the Junior Category, Robert Land Academy students Paul B, with a score of 2795 and Brendan W, with a score of 2180, finished in second and third place respectively. According to RLA Climbing Team Coach, Lt. Banta, “both RLA participants climbed fairly advanced routes, with the competitors gaining valuable experience about competition climbing”. Officials from the competition organizer, the Ontario Climbing Federation, were very supportive of the climbing program at Robert Land Academy. The Robert Land Academy Climbing Team is preparing for their next competitions planned for December 3rd and January 14th. Congratulations to both climbers on your excellent effort. ...

    Canadian Boxing Legend Visits Robert Land Academy

    Cadets and faculty of Robert Land Academy were treated with a rare opportunity to meet a Canadian boxing legend. Former Canadian heavyweight boxing champion George Chuvalo visited the Academy in November 2010, sharing his life story of boxing fame and personal tragedy. Chuvalo was once one of the best heavyweights in the world and traded punches with the likes of George Foreman, Joe Frazier and, most notably, Muhammad Ali. His forte was the knockout punch, and he used it to record 64 of his 73 victories in a 93-bout career that began in 1956 and continued through 1973. He held the Canadian heavyweight title three times during his career. After his retirement from boxing, Chuvalo became involved in an anti-drug campaign throughout Canada. The cause had personal meaning for him, as he lost two sons and his wife to drug abuse and suicide. Love is so important," he said. "Make sure you hug your parents every day. Kiss your parents every day. Tell them you love them." Chuvalo told students that this is the key to their future. His sons deaths were the result of them being "ignorant and unafraid" of the consequences of taking drugs. "Even something as simple as not smoking has a long-term benefit," he said. "I know you can't smoke here (at the Academy), and that is a good thing. We know what smoking can do to you, so any young person who is smoking today is disrespecting themselves. And once you disrespect yourself in one area, it's easy to disrespect yourself in another." George Chuvalo's heart-felt message left a lasting impression on the cadets and faculty of Robert Land Academy. Robert Land Academy is Canada's only private, military boarding school for boys in grades six through 12. Located in Wellandport Ontario, approximately 45 minutes from Niagara Falls and the US border and one hour from Toronto, the Academy utilizes a military model to reinforce the importance of structure, discipline, accountability and self-determination. The demanding intellectual and physical challenges are accompanied by support and encouragement to assist each student in developing self-confidence and self-worth through genuine achievement. The highly structured environment at Robert Land Academy is intended to support and encourage boys to reach their potential. ...

    In the News


    August 20, 2015 - 8th Year at Bataan Death March

    Cadets from Robert Land Academy returned to New Mexico for the 26th Annual Bataan Memorial Death March. read more.

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