Students at RCMA will soon realize that their journey and experience here will be uniquely different from other educational institutions. All students will be required to wear the standardized RCMA military themed uniform, as this creates an environment of unity. Though a military themed uniform is a requirement for students, the environment will promote individuality through academics, extra curricular programs, RCMA community contributions and volunteer work.
Students will learn military protocol in their classes; how to respectfully address those in authority and their fellow students, positive language and proper military posture. We believe our military structure encourages and fosters the development of positive leadership skills and character. When students attend RCMA they will feel that they are part of something special. Through our unique curriculum, teacher, staff and councilor support, our students will be able to design a road map to reach their post secondary objectives.
To ensure all our students succeed academically, the RCMA curriculum will be delivered on a non-semester basis. This allows for learning consolidation with a significant reduction of pressure.
RCMA assists students in achieving their goals through special field trips, guest speakers, extra curricular activities, in addition to an academic and military curriculum. This ensures that students become physically, academically and mentally prepared for unique challenges they will encounter in their lives.
RCMA will accept 400 students in its first year gradually increasing enrollment thereafter. Our classes will have a maximum pupil-teacher-ratio (PTR) of 15-18 students per class for each grade.
Students in grades 7 to 9 will follow the Ontario curriculum consisting of English, Mathematics, French, Science, History, Geography, Social Studies and Home Economics; as well as Computers, Physical Education, Art, Music and Drama. The student experience will be augmented with various military courses which integrate with the academic programs.
Students in grades 10 to 12 must take Math, English, French with the option to select other programs that assist them in their post secondary goals. Students in these grades will also have the opportunity to take college/university preparation courses such as: Military or General Science, Engineering, aeronautical technology and official language training.
Those students opting to continue in the college/university preparatory program (post grade 12) will be able to augment their experience by taking a wider variety of courses or use the years to upgrade courses already completed.
EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
Students, if they so choose, can take part in one or several extra curricular activities such as band, soccer, basketball, debating, chess, scale modeling and summer camps for pre-teens.
Students will be required to participate in various activities designed to develop citizenship, fellowship, comradeship, sportsmanship, and leadership. Students will also be able to participate in activities such as: bike riding, music, military adventure training, abseiling, rock climbing, map and compass, geo-caching, communications, bush-crafts and sailing.
Students will fill appointments and be responsible for the discipline, progress, and efficiency of their assigned sections. They will operate with the guidance of teachers and instructors and within the parameters set by the Commandant and Director General.
Students, grades 7 to 12 and pre-college/university will have an opportunity to apply for junior and senior student appointments within RCMA.
These academic student appointments include the following roles:
- Academy Senior Commander - Cadet Colonel
- Academy Deputy Commander - Cadet Lieutenant Colonel
- Academy Colonel General Staff - Cadet Lieutenant Colonel
- Academy Regimental Commanding Officer - Cadet Lieutenant Colonel
- Academy Inspector General - Cadet Major
- Academy Adjutant/Quartermaster - Cadet Captain/Major
- Academy Sport and Physical Training Commander - Cadet Captain/Major
- Academy Regimental Sergeant Major - School C/RCM
- Academy Drill Sergeant Major - School C/DSM
- Other Battalion and Regimental Command appointments and position available
Senior students selected to fill the high ranking appointments will be responsible to report student violations, serve in disciplinary action committees, report department progress, efficiency or deficiencies, with the guidance of supervisors, teachers and staff is within the parameters set by the Commandant and Director General of the Academy.
A Student Affairs Office, to be located in our Academic Department Office, will provide students with information and access to services they may need during the school year. Student Affairs will provide information on the following: community boarding "home style" opportunities (as RCMA is a non boarding school), scholarship, bursaries, grants and financial aid information, post secondary school program calendars, transportation information and discount monthly bus passes, uniform information and order form, international student information, community services, counseling/career planning, athletics and recreation registration forms, RCMA events information, orientation day information, volunteer opportunities services, the academy health promotion education department and chaplaincy, etc.
Students are expected to participate in one or more of RCMA extra curricular activities such as, RCMA or student events, band, orientation for new students, summer programs for youth and our annual fundraising "Mess Dinner & Gala Ball" to name a few.
RCMA students who join the band will have the opportunity to participate in community events, parades, military balls, mess dinners and field trips to other cities, provinces and internationally to perform various ceremonial activities.
Some students may experience some distress or anxiety while they adjust to a new environment. These feelings usually subside once the student makes friends and becomes comfortable with the routine. For international students or those boarding near the academy who may be suffering from home sickness, we encourage parents to provide daily contact to help the studentís transition and encourage their child to get involved in the academy's activities (It also never hurts to send lots of mail and care packages). RCMA also provides itís students with access to counselors who deal with issues such as emotional, relationships, career path selection or academic concerns. Students who seek this service can book an appointment through the Counseling office. Students only disclose their reason for seeking the services to the counselor, and all discussions are confidential.
RCMA HEALTH DEPARTMENT
The Academy Nurse Practitioner (NP) / Registered Nurse (RN), whether working as an independent consultant or in collaboration with other health care disciplines, is responsible for the implementation of programs relating to disease prevention and health promotion with the goal of promoting the optimal health and wellbeing of students and staff at the RCMA.