High School Info
Private High Schools – U.M.C.A. Rich Tree Academy
UMCA is a privately owned secondary school aiming to give students a new chance at learning. We are an Ontario Ministry of Education-inspected and credited secondary school that goes beyond the provincial expectations of learning. For students that are wondering about their future in a university or college program, UMCA offers you the opportunity to expand on your learning skills.
Nowadays, parents are provided with a choice in terms of their child’s educational experience. The debate about choosing private or public schooling has been drawing attention for years. What do the modern parent and student choose? Students at U.M.C.A begin their exposure to high school credits in grade 8 since the students have had the opportunity to complete the elementary curriculum throughout grades 1-7. Students in grades 8-12 assume more responsibility for their own learning and more opportunities for individual choices are provided. Full Ministry of Education guidelines are implemented with continued differentiation for gifted students. We operate on a full rotary schedule and provide for an accumulation of a minimum of 30 credits. Students must earn a minimum of 30 credits and 18 compulsories to gain their Ontario Secondary School graduation diploma. The major focus is the provision of high-powered learning experiences that prepare our students for post-secondary education. Universities are currently awarding scholarships to those students who have demonstrated evidence of academic excellence and who have developed a profile exhibiting breadth of experience. Our students graduate with 8-10 university bound credits. To further enhance "breadth of experience" we encourage and provide leadership experience, volunteer work placements, career planning, and mentorships. To provide for a combination of viable class sizes for timetabling and social interaction, coupled with attention to individual needs, the class size is usually 20 students.
We would like to answer some questions that have recently come to light. There appears to be some confusion about summer and private school credits with respect to university applications. UMCA is not a credit school with a transient student population. It is a fully realized day school with a unique culture of achievement and a staff that is committed to excellence in pedagogy and practice. Its graduates have been accepted into the most exclusive university programs in the province and country, and its reputation with the universities, verified by the Ministry’s own inspector, is very high. The school’s 15 years of history and its growing student population is a testament to the values and principles that have cultivated nearly a generation of students to academic and professional success.
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