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Who We Are

The Study Academy is Toronto’s premier progressive education school. Our classes span grades 4 to 12 in a coeducational and collegial environment. What is progressive education? We believe that learning is adaptive, ongoing, personalized, and not meant to be confined to traditional lecture-based classrooms. Our students are challenged to learn actively, independently, and creatively in a supportive community that values both personal growth and academic achievement.

Core Values

Scholarship

The pursuit of academic study and investigation

Achievement

The desire to flourish through academic, athletic, or personal avenues

Curiosity

The passion that drives students to learn, grow, and persevere

Collaboration

The interpersonal and team-building skills required for success in today’s society

The Study Academy Promise

The Study Academy provides a learner-centred pedagogy informed by important research and literature in the education field. We foster curiosity, develop research skills, hone critical thinking, and inspire ideas by empowering our students to pursue their passions and take initiative in their own learning experiences. We give our students the growth mindset and strong learning habits they need to ensure their academic and personal goals are achieved—both in and out of the classroom, and long after they graduate.

Our Philosophy

Educators—and education—must constantly evolve to provide the best possible learning experience to students. Based on a new school of interdisciplinary thought that brings together the fields of education, psychology, and neuroscience, The Study Academy has developed five central beliefs of education. You can explore these ideas by reading the research linked below.

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Learning is a social activity, informed by our emotions and motivations
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Virtuous cycles arise when a school participates in research that informs practice and teaching practice that informs research directions
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A learning environment is responsive to the individual differences between students, including their prior knowledge
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The student is the central participant in the school
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Learning demands a disciplined investment of intelligence from learners
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Partnerships, Associations, and Memberships

Our Founder

Bryan Levy-Young

Founder, Dean of Admissions & Student Services

In 2006, Bryan envisioned a school with a commitment to rigorous intellectual development complemented by a focus on the social/emotional needs of developing minds. His own diverse professional experiences as a family therapist, educational consultant and school director, television writer, producer, board member, camp director, and artist have fostered connections and nurtured relationships with talented teachers, specialty programs, and educational and therapeutic professionals to provide the best opportunities and support for children and their families.

“I started The Study Academy in 2006; I was working with bright, socially competent, and creative kids who were underachieving in school and who were, frankly, unhappy. I sought to open a school that would offer a place for these kids, a place that had a rich academic environment but flexibility and innovation in the teaching methodology so that each individual student could find their path to a meaningful academic experience.”

Bryan Levy-Young, MA, Founder

Principal’s Profile

Jason Krell

Principal

In his role as principal, Jason has been working to develop a deeper understanding of the pathways linking neurological function and education. He feels that engaging in this dialogue provides the key to building more effective educational programs tailored to students’ learning profiles. Further, Jason is a current member of the International Mind, Brain, and Education Society and has most recently presented at the 2016 biennial conference on the topic of Neurofeedback in the classroom. In addition to his work at The Study Academy, Jason has completed extensive research for the International Olympic Committee and Adidas.