Upon admission, 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.
Boys live in barracks-style dorms. The daily schedule is structured to assist cadets with time management and self-discipline. A typical day begins at 0600 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, study halls and 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, rugby, track and field and hockey. 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 model airplanes, rocketry, mountain biking, photography, computers, chess, etc.
Boys 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.