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HWDSB Specialized Learning Program

R.A. Riddell Sport Academy

High Potential and Basketball Academy

The R.A. Riddell Sport Academy is a Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Specialized Learning Program.  This innovative learning program was created in 2006 to engage HWDSB student athletes by meeting their unique academic and athletic needs. Student athletes from all over the district are welcome to apply to the R.A. Riddell Sport Academy.  The program set forth by the HWDSB supports its vision of “students achieving their full potential”.

The goal of our Sport Academy is to provide on-site athletic training alongside meeting the requirements of the Ontario Curriculum.  Through our specialized staff members, enhanced equipment and partnerships with McMaster University and Westmount Secondary School, our program provides additional opportunities for the training and development of student athletes.  Flexible programming is also offered to facilitate the students’ individual training and competition schedules.


The Sport Academy Program at R.A. Riddell features two specialized programs within our Middle School.

  1. High Potential Program – 2 Classrooms – Grade 7 and Grade 8
  2. Basketball Program – 3 Classrooms – Grade 6, Grade 7 and Grade 8

Candidate Qualities

Students who demonstrate the following qualities and characteristics are considered good candidates for the Sport Academy Program.

  • Motivated, self-directed and capable of working independently to manage both academic and athletic commitments
  • Passionate for athletics and committed to improving skills and abilities
  • Committed to contributing to a positive team atmosphere at R.A. Riddell
  • Strives for academic success and achievement
  • Attends regularly and punctually


  • Student athletes who possess the candidate qualities and are currently involved in organized sports and training at a rep, provincial, or national level
  • Students with high athletic potential who possess the candidate qualities but have limited or no access to organized sports.

Application Timelines

Parent Information Night (Virtual)    *See Link details below January 25, 2021 6:30 PM
Application Due February 24, 2021
Packages Reviewed March 1-5, 2021
Email Notification of Results March 10, 2021
Sport Academy Welcome Evening (Virtual) June 8th, 2021 7 PM

Application Documentation

Please review the below the Sport Academy Application documentation by printing and completing OR submitting online.  If you require a paper copy of the Application Package, please contact the office to arrange a pick up time during office hours at 905-387-3350.

Sport Academy Information Page

Application Checklist Sport Academy


Sport Academy Application 2021 (Final)


Parents/Guardians interested in the R.A. Riddell Sport Academy (High Potential and Basketball Programs) joined our Parent Information Night on Monday January 25, 2021 at 6:30pm via Microsoft Teams.  If you were not able to join us, please see our links below:

Link to the Sport Academy Presentation Video: Sport Academy Presentation 2021

Link to Slide Show: Sport Academy Information 2021 Website Version

*If you have any questions or concerns, you may send us an email at rariddell@hwdsb.on.ca or call the school at 905-387-3350.


Parents/Guardians and Students of both the High Potential and Basketball Academy can now follow us on Instagram at:



Updated on Thursday, June 03, 2021.
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