R.I.S.E Academy


At R.I.S.E. we believe that the current provincial education system is inadequately preparing students for the current political and socio-economic climate and is disproportionately harming marginalized groups.

Our mission is to provide quality education for Ontario students that centers their passion and strengths while fostering critical awareness, critical hope and community engagement.


To reduce and remove the hierarchical systems that are embedded within the traditional education system model and level the playing field for historically marginalized students.


  • Solidarity
    R.I.S.E. acknowledges that it operates on the  the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg People and has students attending from the traditional territories of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples.  R.I.S.E. acknowledges Canada’s settler colonial history and aims to continue to work with and in solidarity with Indigneous Peoples.


  • Strength
    At R.I.S.E., we highlight and work with students to identify their strengths and utilize these assets as entry points for learning.
  • Community
    The heart of our organization.  Learning and education should not operate in silos.  Young people are members of our community.  They bring knowledge, wisdom, and insight.  At R.I.S.E., we want our students to feel empowered to be an active member, both in the classroom and the communities they belong to.
  • Accountability
    This applies to students and staff.  When we are all accountable for what we say and how we behave towards one another.  As trust is earned and developed, conversations are opened, and we all learn and progress together.
  • Equity & Transformative Justice
    At R.I.S.E., we not only teach the meaning and value of these words, but we are committed to operating within these frameworks, which is embedded in both our policies and culture, that encourages questioning, continuous feedback, reflection and critical hope.
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