Life at the Academy

Overview

A highly structured program operated with a military theme supports boys and young men to succeed who have experienced challenges or who have merely not responded to the traditional school system. Providing an environment that involves accountability and responsibility, boys are encouraged to gain control of themselves and their future. Here’s a look at what a cadet’s life is like at the Academy.

Cadet Life

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 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 weekdays.  Weekends highlight outdoor adventure training, sports, academic tutorials, a credit physical educational course, study halls and non-denominational chapel services on Sundays.

Each boy is required to participate in extracurricular activities, designed to develop sportsmanship, physical strength, leadership, and a sense of self-worth.  Varsity teams compete with area high schools in basketball, cross-country, wrestling, soccer, track and field, and badminton.  On an individual basis, boys can challenge themselves with the parachuting course, canoeing, scuba, rock climbing, rappelling, orienteering, and other outdoor adventure activities.  Some 20 clubs are organized to meet a variety of interests such as boxing, mountain biking, photography, computers, chess, army cadets (RCAC), and many more.

Boys can return home approximately once a month for a four day weekend and can apply for additional leaves if their effort warrants extra privileges.

All meals, including snacks, are healthy, wholesome and nutritionally balanced. Our fully accredited chef is also a graduate of the Academy. The Academy is the recipient of the Eat Smart! School Cafeteria Award, for offering healthy menu choices, maintaining an excellent track record in food handling safety, and for having all food service staff appropriately trained and certified in safe food handling measures.

Becoming a Robert Land Academy student catalyzes a young man’s emotional growth so as to stimulate a heightened sense of responsibility and to appreciate more fully the value of family and home life.

A Typical Day

0630  Rise and Shine / Personal hygiene   Team effort to prepare barracks for inspection
0700  Inspection by Company Sergeant Major
0745  Breakfast
0900  Classroom studies
1200  Lunch
1300  Classroom studies
1600  Change for activity period
1630  Sports, fitness training, activities & tutorials
1745  Dinner
1830  Mandatory study hall
2030  Personal preparation in barracks
2145  Lights out
2230  Lights out for cadet leaders

Feedback

Here’s what a Canadian Member of Parliament had to say about the Robert Land Academy.

“Throughout the years, the staff have worked long and diligently in providing students a structured and motivated educational environment. All those involved in the success of the Robert Land Academy have continuously demonstrated commitment and zeal. This commitment on behalf of the students stands as a sterling example of the success of a collective effort for a common good.”

The Honourable Gilbert Parent, MP, Speaker of the House of Commons

Contact Us

Robert Land Academy welcomes all inquiries and will be happy to arrange an appointment for an admissions interview or a campus tour.

For further information about our academy, please call our Admissions Office at 905-386-6203.