About Us

International Baccalaureate Candidate School
Richland Academy / About Us

Welcome to Richland Academy

We are a warm and welcoming private school with an exceptional learning environment for preschool to Grade 8 located on the Oak Ridges Moraine in Richmond Hill, Ontario.


We offer Reggio-inspired and IB focused inquiry learning, cultivating students who are deeper thinking, confident and world ready. We are committed to excellence, which resonates through the work of our students and teachers.  Our rich and challenging curriculum ensures we deliver a solid academic foundation, which is enhanced by our comprehensive Arts programming.

What we believe

That children are incredible. They’re capable, innovative and full of potential, and we value them as individuals with unique ways of learning.

What we do

Our best for your kids. Every day. We provide outstanding learning conditions and a supportive community that cultivates students who are deeper thinking, confident, and world ready.

Why we do it

Because we’re passionate. We prepare children to thrive in a world of great possibilities.

Our People


Jill Colyer

Head of School

Jill brings a strong background in educational leadership to her role as Head of School. She worked on provincial curriculum and assessment policies at the Ontario Ministry of Education, and was the former Director of Teaching and Learning at Bayview Glen Independent School.


Laura Murgatroyd

Director of Communications and Admissions

With over 20 years experience in marketing and private education; Laura is dedicated to building a strong community at Richland. From an advertising Account Director to teaching in Scotland; Laura believes all her life experiences have contributed to her ability to form meaningful relationships, and to support Richland students and their families.


Adrian Cheung

Design and Communications Coordinator

Adrian delivers innovative information and unique aspect to Richland as he is an experienced creative designer with a demonstrated history of working in the field of graphic design, advertising and marketing.


Joanne Pace

IB-PYP Coordinator and Learning Strategist

Joanne joined Richland Academy in 2015 and is thrilled to be part of Richland’s vibrant and creative community and lives the Reggio philosophy.


Patsy Scott

Early Years Lead Teacher

Patsy is joining Richland's Early Years division as the Early Years Lead. Ms. Scott has ten years experience working with Preschool and Junior, and Senior Kindergarten.

If you have any questions call (905)-224-5600