Testimonials and Reviews (Life Changing Stories)
"Small classes with one on one instruction and mandatory study halls helped our son achieve higher grades and confidence. We knew he always had it in him."
Krista B (Parent, 2021)
Thomas S (Parent, 2021)
Karl T (Parent, 2020)
Doug D (Parent, 2020)
“It would appear to me that you have truly discovered a unique and effective method of providing service to this very special segment of student population. In my capacity as teacher, principal and now superintendent I, like you, have seen far too many youngsters ‘fall through the cracks’ of the institutional educational system. Your efforts to provide a safety net for these unique and challenging individuals appears to be well matched to their needs. Congratulations!”
Paul Perron, Superintendent of Education, Niagara Catholic District School Board
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"His work ethic, study skills, and grades all improved, but more importantly he grew into a strong minded individual and is a great adult."
Testimonials from Parents
Kristina B (Parent, 2021)
My son is in grade 7 now. This year he started at Robert Land Academy in Wellandport, Ontario. This is a not-for-profit private MILITARY-inspired boarding school for boys.
A Little background: Since the start of grade 1, my son was diagnosed with ADHD, got pigeonholed into that category of boys and struggled with schooling for all of 6 years being in public schools. I hardly ever seen a mark on his report card above C+ in any substantial subjects. We have had special education teachers assisting him in writing, he was given “special” breaks during class, he was put on medication, special diets, psychologist etc. etc. Nothing worked: my son was failing school or the school was failing him. Never a trouble maker, but never excelling at school.
This semester, at RLA, we already have 4 As: French, Math, Physical Ed and Arts. The rest of the marks are hard Bs! What’s more, I’ve always thought that my son had no leadership instincts, oh boy, was I wrong! He is now a house warden, which means he is in charge of everything at his “house” and 3 other boys that are part of his house. His manners have become impeccable, in his boots, I can see my own reflection, his room is organized. Moreover, the self-reflection that I get from my son about his own progress, shows amazing maturity and growth. He now has big ambitions to become a company IC (in charge)! His self-esteem has shot up, sense of responsibility improved immensely. He is now able to control his impulses and emotions. All that in just 4 short months!
In addition, my son says that he loves RLA, misses it when he is visiting home. Mainly for the reasons of fun and activities that he gets to do with his friends every day at school. I highly recommend and endorse this wonderful school and am willing to personally discuss our experience with anyone who is looking for a reference.
"Before he attended Robert Land, we saw a son who had little if any respect for either himself or his fellow-man. Now we see a son who believes in himself and who wants to get involved in the world. This is truly an amazing accomplishment in two short years."
Ziva S (Parent, 2020)
We believe that Robert Land Academy’s approach to its students is unique in the world of schools dedicated to helping young men through a troubled adolescence to a place in the adult world. The curriculum is rigorous and challenging, with no recognizable grade inflation and provides every resource for meeting university entrance requirements. The school’s highly structured, “military” environment removes any possible ambiguity between students and academic staff. What the entering student learns first is that he has to earn the respect of others and his position within the community. Through this process, he comes to respect and value himself. The teaching staff are both experienced and extraordinarily dedicated, and they helped our son form his first adult relationships based on mutual respect and admiration. Relationships with peers were formed that may last for the rest of his life. He had his first experiences with leadership and responsibility for others at Robert Land, and they were powerful and gave him first awareness of abilities and strengths he never imagined he had. The school location is very isolated and the facilities are spartan but adequate and the absence of luxury gave our son a renewed appreciation for the comfort and privilege he had enjoyed at home.
We recognize that the Robert Land Academy is not necessarily the answer for everyone with a young man in need of redirection. But we do think this school is a hidden gem with a unique approach to helping kids who have lost their way to build an identity, and to find their place in the world.