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325 Sandhill Rd. Kanata, ON K2K 1X7

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About Us

An underlying tenet at March Academy is that education should provide children with a compass to help guide and support their ability to find their way, rather than a single road map that everyone must follow. March Academy empowers students

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024/2025 school year.

Interested parents of candidates to March Academy are asked to contact the school for an initial meeting with school staff, either virtually or in person.

Following the parent meeting, student candidates will visit and spend a day or more at the school, as part of the admission process. A meeting with the school principal will be arranged if a school day visit is not possible, such as in the summer months.

Tuition fees at March Academy include basic classroom materials, piano and music lessons, yoga and TaeKwonDo classes, special guest speakers and/or subject-specific teachers as well as most field trips during the year.

Please contact the school for an appointment to discuss the suitability of March Academy in meeting the needs of your student.

The curriculum presented at March Academy is rooted in the Ontario Ministry of Education expectations as the underlying framework for activities.

The Academy uses students’ strengths and interests to help build and support the development or enrichment of academic skills in the areas of mathematics and language arts.

Science and social studies are taught as an integrated curriculum across the grade levels from grades one to six. The topics are theme based and involve large and small group as well as individual activities.  Themes are based on the Ontario Ministry of Education topics and are adapted for student grade and ability level each year. Geography and science are taught as separate subjects with themes from the grade seven and eight Ministry of Education curriculum. Field trips and guest speakers augment both levels of curricula and are dependent upon the themes presented from year to year. Further Science and Social Studies themes are explored in all grade levels through specific Nature Studies classes each week.

Students participate in physical education sessions taught by a certified Ontario teacher. Lessons focus on fun and fitness, and are designed to encourage a student’s sense of self-esteem in their abilities. Students also participate in a Running Club, during the spring and fall months. All children have the opportunity to participate in our Cross-country Ski Club throughout the winter months using our large school yard.

Students participate in weekly martial arts lessons, TaeKwonDo, from a qualified instructor and are provided opportunities for belt testing when they are ready. The focus of instruction is on improving their self-confidence, agility and concentration.

Students benefit from weekly yoga sessions with a certified yoga instructor. Yoga lessons introduce students to the concept of relaxation, flexibility and increased body awareness.

It is important that the learning experience encompass the whole child. As such, music, art, drama  are an seen as an integral a part of the March Academy program.  All students receive weekly, individual piano and music theory lessons and participate in the March Academy school choir. Piano lessons culminate in an end-of-year piano recital, and the school choir has opportunities to perform on various occasions throughout the school year both at school related events and in the Ottawa community.  In the past opportunities to visit the National Art Gallery and the NAC, as well as visits from guest local artists, have supplemented the arts curriculum.

The hidden curriculum in schools such as developing self-advocacy and other classroom skills are parallel key objectives to encourage students towards independence in learning in all subject areas. Working with others, showing manners and respect as well as communicating ideas, thoughts and feelings are essential life skills and, as such, are integral components of daily lessons.  

Technology is used to augment and support in all subject areas and is integrated into the program in a purposeful way. Learning to use technology as a tool to both access information and to express the learning that has been attained is woven throughout the curriculum and through the school day. Simple block coding activities and challenges are provided at various times throughout the year.

French instruction is differentiated for student needs and emphasize conversational French. Lessons are engaging and reflect student interests and school themes.

March Academy participates in many additional activities through the school year which support and enhance the regular curriculum.  Some of the activities that the Academy has participated in are the following:

  • Skating at local area rinks and the Canal
  • Trips to the Bonnefant Outdoor Education Center
  • Trips to the March Highlands and Phinney’s Point
  • Hip Hop and Square Dancing
  • Pioneer Village Trips
  • The Company of Fools Drama Company
  • National Arts Centre and National Art Gallery
  • Fencing
  • Pottery
  • Guest Artist in Environmental Art
  • Guest Artists in Fabric Art
  • Scientists in Schools
  • Mad Science
  • Orienteering at Richcraft Community Centre

Does March Academy follow Ontario’s Ministry of Education guidelines?

Yes, March Academy uses Ontario Ministry Expectations as guiding principles in designing programs. However, students’ individual strengths and interests are also taken into consideration when planning units and themes.

What grades does March Academy offer?

March Academy offers grade one to grade eight, with extended support offered to our graduating students during their transition to high school where applicable.

Is March Academy a secular educational institution?

March Academy offers non-denominational instruction. Students from all backgrounds and beliefs are welcome at our school.

Do students at March Academy wear a uniform?

Yes and no. Students are expected to purchase a vest and t-shirt with the official school crest upon enrollment and are encouraged to wear it to school every Monday morning and for special outings or visitors.

How big are class sizes at March Academy?

Class sizes vary depending upon the lessons being taught. Overall, the school operates with approximately 32 students and a teacher-student ratio of approximately 1:8. Students receive instruction within flexible multi-grade classes.

What are the advantages of multi-grade instruction?

Students benefit from working with peers of different ages and abilities. Their needs are addressed within a small group setting. Students progress at their own pace to meet their true potential. Education is seen as a cooperative, communicative, and supportive endeavour.

Does March Academy offer French language instruction?

Yes. Students receive a core-based French-language instruction in a multi-aged ability grouping. The instruction focuses primarily on conversational skills with some reading and writing instruction.

Does March Academy provide any outdoor nature experiences?

The grounds of March Academy provide for a rich experience in nature.  Along with wildlife such as deer, turtles, foxes and the various birds which frequent the school yard, the students participate in weekly nature studies, where they are guided in recording information and sketching of a specific area of the natural world.  Outdoor experiences and nature are encouraged and promoted throughout the school year.

Does March Academy offer field trips or school outings?

Yes. Students participate in outings outside the classroom in support of the curriculum. Special visitors are also often engaged to further enrich a curriculum area.

What does the physical education program look like at March Academy?

Physical education is an important part of each school day.  Yoga and TaeKwonDo classes each occur once a week held with specialized instructors in the disciplines.  Traditional gym classes are also held during the week which emphasize skill acquisition and cooperative game playing.  Running during the spring and fall, and cross-country skiing in the winter months, are part of the regular programming, with other sports and activities augmenting the programming seasonally.

How important is the Arts programming at March Academy?

Music and visual arts are key parts of the March Academy program.  All students are given an individual piano and music theory lessons and participate in a whole school choir session once a week. Visual arts and crafts lessons are held each week focusing on the use various materials and working towards different projects.  Drama expression is dependent on yearly themes and often augment various activities.

What time does the school day at March Academy start and finish?

School starts at 8:45 a.m. and finishes at 3:45 p.m. Nutrition and recess breaks are paced throughout the day to optimize learning times.

Where do students go after they graduate from March Academy?

Upon graduation, students transition to either public or other private schools based on parental choice.

Are there bursaries available to help offset tuition fees?

Some parents may be eligible to claim their child’s tuition as a medical expense on their personal income tax. Please consult with your accountant or other tax professional.


Why March Academy?

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