No other schools or programs offer this level of structure, clarity, and consistency
Upon admission to Robert Land Academy, all boys are considered recruits. Introductory training includes learning the systems and lifestyles of the Academy. Promotion to cadet status follows the successful completion of specific performance objectives.
The rank system encourages the development of positive leadership skills, and the opportunity to earn more privileges through personal achievement.
The military format allows for the public acknowledgement of positive behaviours and leadership qualities that may be overlooked in academic and sports performance. This provides another venue to build self-confidence and self-esteem.
Boys live in barracks-style dorms that have adult supervision on a 24-7 basis. The daily schedule is structured to assist cadets with time management and self-discipline. A typical day begins at 0630 hours and includes a staff inspection of living quarters, lockers and personal belongings. Breakfast is followed by a devotional, flag-raising and drill. Classes, sports and activities take place on weekdays. Weekends highlight outdoor adventure training, sports, academic tutorials, a credit physical education course, study halls and non-denominational chapel services on Sundays.
A cadet spends most of the time with his fellow cadets and the staff. This close-knit group forms the basis for most social interactions. However, whenever possible, cadets are also able to associate with other groups of students at sports events or off-campus activities. Although we stress the development of each cadet within the small and structured environment of the Academy, we recognize and respond to, as much as possible, the need of each boy to enjoy healthy contact with a larger group of people. The social life of the Academy itself is that of family life, wherein each person contributes to the happiness and well-being of the group. Academy life is rich in the sense of providing many opportunities for comradeship and togetherness. Individuals who are weak at socializing are taught effective techniques and provided opportunities to practice them with peers and adults. Cadets benefit from the smallness and relative isolation of the school, in that they learn how to enjoy a social life and gradually experience more aspects of a well-rounded life.