History of RLA

Robert Land Academy is Canada’s only military-inspired private school. Located in the Niagara Region, Ontario, the Academy began to accept students in 1978. The Academy is named after Robert Land (1736-1818), he saw action in the Battle of Louisbourg (1758) and fought with General Wolfe at the Battle of Plains of Abranham (1759).

At the end of Hostilities, Captain Robert Land crossed the Niagara River. It was here, after so many hardships, that the Land family settled under the British Flag of Canada. G. Scott Bowman, the Academy’s Founder, is a direct descendent of Robert Land and his wife Phobe Land.

Since the Academy started in 1978 there have been numerous developments in both program and infrastructure. The Academy boasts three barracks named in tribute to famous military figures. The Academy has a multipurpose sports facility which includes a large gym, weight room, boxing room and wrestling room. In addition, the 100+ students access the school building for their academics and a mess hall for their healthy nutritious meals. 

Key Points


Robert Land Academy has over 40 years of success working with boys to realize their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs.

Our program has a proven track record in providing benefits for boys diagnosed with or exhibiting characteristics of ADD/ADHD/ODD/NLD/NVLD and other Learning Disabilities, as well as for those boys who merely benefit from a structured distraction-free environment.

Academic Remediation

We provide a structured private boarding school program with an emphasis on academic remediation, university admission and the development of the self-care, self-discipline, and self-direction required for successful adulthood.

Our rural location is removed from the distractions of an urban setting.  We provide a distraction-free environment with no cell phones, computer games, personal laptops, personal computer access, Facebook and girlfriends.

Healthy Living

Robert Land Academy offers a physical activity program that promotes a healthy lifestyle and personal growth.  Team sports promote social skills and the development of team work.

Nutritionally balanced and healthy meals are provided.

An emphasis on regular self-care and routine.

Past Results

The vast majority of students experience a dramatic improvement in their academic performance and success within the first semester.

Students in modified academic programs are re-streamed so as to expand post-secondary options.

Over the past decade, 100% of the graduating class who have applied have been accepted to a university or college.

Frequently Asked Questions

How big is the school and where are you located?

Enrolment at Robert Land Academy is approximately 125 boys in residence. Applications are received from across Canada, the United States, Europe and elsewhere around the globe.  The Academy is located in a country setting on 168 acres in the heart of the historic Niagara Peninsula, 60 minutes southwest of Toronto, Ontario and 50 minutes north of the U.S./Canada Border.

What adventure activities do you run at the Academy?

Boys are challenged with a wide array of adventure activities including scuba diving, parachute training, rock climbing, and canoeing.  Club activities include archery, music, model airplanes, and photography.

Who is the typical applicant?

Boys are admitted to Robert Land Academy based upon their potential rather than their past. They are typically of above average intelligence but with marks that do not reflect their ability. They tend to have difficulty or be unwilling to concentrate on things that do not interest them and assume that they will enjoy the living standard by their parents as adults regardless of their effort. Some boys demonstrate characteristics of ADD, ADHD, ODD, DCD or LD.

What athletics are there?

The sports program teaches the value of fitness, endurance, teamwork, self-discipline and the pursuit of excellence. The Academy offers a wide range of activities some of which are rarely found in other private schools. Varsity sports teams compete with other area secondary schools. See our athletics page.

What academics do you offer?

The Academy offers classes from grade 5 through to Grade 12.  Our caring and dedicated faculty and staff are employed to provide all aspects of cadet training on a 24-hour basis.  Consistent personal attention, mandatory study halls, regular tutorials and weekend academic programming all converge to provide a highly motivational learning environment. All courses assume that students intend to attend university or college. Students entering from streamed programs are destreamed in order to maximize post-secondary options. Find out more

What is a typical day for a student?

Boys live in barracks-style dorms.  On a typical day, boys rise at 6:30 am and lights out are at 9:45 pm.  Classes are held from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with evening classes offered for grade 9 and 10 students and a credit physical education course offered on weekends.  Each boy is required to participate in extracurricular activities, designed to develop physical strength, leadership, and a sense of self-worth.  Boys return home approximately once a month for a four day weekend and may apply for additional leaves if their effort warrants extra privileges.

Is the school inspected?

Robert Land Academy is an inspected private school and is in receipt of a Ministry of Education (Ontario) Board School Identification Number (BSID).  The Academy is authorized by the Ministry to grant credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).  This diploma is issued by the government and is recognized worldwide.

Are you with the Cadet Corps?

Yes. All students are part of the Robert Land Academy Cadets Corp. The Academy hosts a Royal Canadian (Army) Cadet Corps (RCACC #2968), which is operated as a weekly session for all our students.