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UMCA Rich Tree Academy is a private school with approximately 10 children per grade.

Who we are: Established in 2003, UMCA Rich Tree Academy is a private school in Thornhill, Ontario that offers exceptional learning environments to students in JK- Grade 8, High School as well as an after school and a summer program.

 What do you want most for your child? Wouldn't you say 'the best possible grounding for life? Meaning, the best possible education? At UMCA Rich Tree Academy, Child's work is Child's play.

Small bodies are nurtured with educational play, music and exercise to stimulate their creative minds and make education a joyous, interactive experience. UMCA Rich Tree teachers are committed and compassionate. Solid beginnings here lead to bright futures. At UMCA Rich Tree Academy, committed educators make learning continuously interesting for students and keep busy minds engaged.

Students are nurtured with visual arts and exercise to stimulate their creative minds which promotes a joyous and interactive experience. UMCA Rich Tree Academy teachers are especially passionate towards every student's learning goals and ultimate success in school and in life.

Our high school program is geared to students who are looking for solid, unique and personal university preparation. Study skills are emphasized by certified educators in small classes. Individual attention ensures high grade point averages, so that your child enters the university of their choice, fully prepared for the demands of academic life. What we offer:

We offer a unique curriculum that goes beyond the Ministry of Education requirements.UMCA Rich Tree Academy offers a curriculum beyond Ministry of Education requirements.

The children receive individual attention in small classes. Dance, singing, chess, computer, swimming, gymnastics and other sports are available in a state-of-the-art sports facility. Committed educators give above and beyond the call, making learning continuously interested, keeping busy minds engaged.

Remedial tutoring is given to those with learning difficulties. UMCA Rich Tree Academy.is for high school students who are looking for solid, unique and personal university preparation. Study skills are emphasized by certified educators in small classes. Individual attention ensures high grade point averages, so that your child enters the university of their choice, fully prepared for the demands of academic life.-Language Arts: vocabulary, writing, essays, reading, literature, and history of ideas-Math and Problem Solving: logic, mathematics, competitions, and brain teasers-Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Music and Yoga-Language learning in English, Russian, French and Hebrew-Public Speaking: the art of persuasion and oral presentation-Manners and Etiquette program-History, Geography, Literature and Current Events-Physical Education in a state of the art sports facility, indoor and outdoor activities including swimming, skating, basketball, tennis and rock climbing-High School Courses and Advanced Placement -University Prep: Applications, scholarships, and preparation for success-Many Field Trips and Workshops: Experiential learning and cultural experiences at museums, theaters and camping

Our vision: UMCA Rich Tree Academy's vision is to provide top-quality education to students from JK – High School that encompass not only academics but also fosters social and emotional experiences. We strive to inspire and enhance each student's love of learning through a unique learning environment that has been proven effective.

By meeting a child's individual needs, we encourage each student to pursue integrity and excellence. Our program demonstrates that education can be challenging and fun and we promote the idea that learning, community and innovation provides the path to success.

What sets UMCA Rich Tree Academy apart:We are a forward-thinking school with a curriculum that goes above and beyond the Ministry of Education Standards. Our learning program is dynamic, exciting and promotes life-long learning. UMCA Rich Tree Academy provides low teacher-to-student ratio and our classes are all taught by teachers who are highly educated experts in their field.

We develop and deliver challenging, interdisciplinary curriculum at all levels that develop critical thinking. Our teachers offer individualized instruction and full support to every student.

As an independent private school we reserve the right to charter our program which not only meets, but exceeds the Ontario Curriculum. Our enriched program includes expertise in 4 languages, two of which are distinct Heritage languages of our families. Russian is the primary and shared language, spoken by members of all families at UMCA. All students share that common bond. Hebrew is a secondary language spoken by the majority  of families represented at UMCA. We teach Russian from many sources, much of it from Russian Literature. We teach Hebrew from many sources, much of it from Hebrew Literature.

The best and most relevant  source of  Heritage Hebrew Literature is found in the Bible.   All students at UMCA are welcomed to participate in the enrichment of the Hebrew classes. No student is mandated to take Hebrew. Because it is part of our enrichment package, if a parent opts out for any reason, their child will be properly supervised within the school for the class period. There is no alternative program in place for a student whose parents have chosed to opt out, as Hebrew is offered to each student regardless of language background and the option to opt out is not the responsibility of the school. As always, it is the duty of UMCA to supervise all of our students,  at all times when they are on site.In praise of the Hebrew option however, we wish for every family to take advantage of the opportunity of students learning Hebrew while at UMCA. The wealth of this language with it’s unique construction, metaphor, simile, poetry and foundational concepts of civilization, when taught in it’s original proto-context, is a gift that any parents are highly privileged to pass on to their child. All are welcome, there are absolutely no qualitative differences between our students, of any description. UMCA is a family and a learning community where everyone is of equal value and importance.

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