Students, faculty and staff gathered to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Robert Land Academy. On September 11, 1978 Robert Land Academy first opened its doors to students. Twenty-eight students attended the Academy in its inaugural year. Today, approximately 125 students attend throughout the school year (September to June).
Robert Land Academy is a not-for-profit private military style international boarding school for boys. Students from all over the world attend, including Canada, United States, Mexico, Europe, the Far East, the Middle East and beyond. The Academy has a solid reputation for helping boys who struggle in traditional public and private school settings to realize their potential academically, physically and emotionally. An overwhelming majority of students at Robert Land Academy experience a dramatic increase in their academic performance within their first year of attendance, and traditionally, 100% of the Academy's graduates who apply to university or college are accepted into their program of choice.
The Academy plans to recognize its 35th year in operation with several other scheduled events throughout the year including The Scarlet Parade Gala Dinner & Auction held each year in May, the Annual Inspection (open house) also held in May, as well as other functions which will include the students and alumni.
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By Sandy Naiman (NC)—For most kids, the prospect of “going back to school” triggers excitement, nervousness and angst, but for a small subset of adolescent boys, traditional schools don't work. Some have ADHD, ADD or ODD. Others struggle with diabetes or morbid obesity. Still, others flirt with substance abuse or the law.
Each boy's issues are unique, but solutions are never easy, according to Tina Ward who sent her son Maxwell to the Robert Land Academy (RLA) two years ago. “He has Type 1 Diabetes and wasn't controlling himself properly.”
“No parent ever feels happy about sending their child away, especially when he doesn't really feel he deserves it,” she adds.
Along with Max's consistently high blood sugar, “my marks were poor and I couldn't talk to my family,” he says. Everything began changing when he arrived at RLA, Canada's only military-style school near Welland, Ontario.
“In a matter of days, I started feeling healthier and better about myself. By showing me what's important, by giving me balanced meals every day, by the exercise we had to do, the Academy helped me a lot,” Max says.
RLA students “typify a particular temperament,” says founder and headmaster G. Scott Bowman (Maj. ret.), describing them as dominant, stubborn, intuitively bright, often lazy, with powerful and extreme personalities.
“They're gregarious, effusive and adventurous in spirit,” he says. Often at odds with conventional authority, they don't like change unless they author it. Yet, “as adolescents, they're typically manipulative and can be overtly oppositional or passive aggressive.”
Genuinely empathetic with his recruits, Bowman started his school in 1978 because he has the same temperament, but no such school existed for him, he explains. RLA was established for future generations of struggling, misunderstood boys, like himself, Max Ward and hundreds of others.
“Intellectual curiosity is a constant in these boys,” Bowman adds. “It causes teachers and parents grief.”
Ward's mother credits RLA's regimentation for the “marked change in her son's health.” He eats meals at exact times, counts carbs and engages in physical activities, “all great for diabetics,” she says. “He's more athletic, more sports-minded. His marks have improved, too.”
Now his odds of managing his health and diabetes are better than ever because he is physically fit and eats well.
“Max is accountable for himself. What else can you do as a parent? You can't be there 24 hours a day.”
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Robert Land Academy student Alex MacIntyre had the opportunity to be Mayor For a Day for the Township of West Lincoln on May 27, 2013. Grade 12 students attending South Lincoln High, Smithville District Christian High, and Robert Land Academy were invited to submit an essay sharing their vision for the Township of West Lincoln over the next 25 years. "My goal was to introduce our local secondary students to local government and make local government week come alive through the eyes and ears of the Mayor's Office", says Mayor Douglas Joyner.
Selected as the winner of the First Annual "Would you like to be Mayor for the Day?" contest which was initiated by Mayor Joyner, Alex's submission entitled "Where Will the Wind Take Us?" commented on the strongly debated issue of introducing wind turbines to the landscape of West Lincoln. By having his essay selected as the winning submission, Alex spent a full day working along side Mayor Joyner and other senior staff at Town Hall, ending the day by attending the evening Township Council Meeting in Smithville.
Alex is in his graduating year at Robert Land Academy, a private boys military school located in West Lincoln. Alex plans to attend the University of Western Ontario in the Fall.