Master's Academy and College is centrally located in one of the premier communities of the city. As an innovative K-12 school with a vision of going beyond academic excellence, the goal is to prepare students for the 21st century by equipping them to be seers, designers and creators of the future. Master's has gained international attention for its efforts to move education from the Industrial Age into the 21st century.
Master's is a fully accredited school with the province of Alberta, and its students have consistently exceeded provincial standards for excellence on standardized tests. The vast majority (90+%) of the graduates gain acceptance into their university of choice.
Master's Academy includes Kindergarten through to grade 6 and Master's College includes the junior and senior high school grades from 7 to 12.
Master's Academy and College was founded in 1997 in Calgary, Alberta, by Tom Rudmik as a research and development institute for learning in the 21st century. Master’s was founded on quality learning principles as espoused by Edward Deming. In 1999, Master’s shifted its orientation from improvement to innovation, launching our journey towards becoming an Imaginal organization, which creates obsolescence through innovation and not improvement. By 2007, the Profound Learning model began to emerge more clearly and by 2012, we began sharing our model with schools around the world. Master’s started with the vision of producing Profound Learning and today our vision is to transform schools with Profound Learning.
Alternative Program in Palliser Regional School District
In 2008, Master's Academy and College joined Palliser Regional School Division’s Alternative Program. The current agreement that establishes the alternative program between Palliser Regional School Division and Master’s Academy Educational Society (MAES) is based on the unique teaching philosophy and model called Profound Learning, and as a faith based Christian School in accordance with the School Act in Alberta. MAES is responsible for the ongoing research and development of the Profound Learning model as well supporting the implementation of the model at Master’s.
All schools teach from a worldview, whether explicitly or tacitly, helping to define life's meaning and purpose for students. Master's philosophy of Christian Education is to integrate the Christian worldview into the curriculum on a daily basis, and as such does not take the approach of having separate classes for religious education. Throughout the year various pertinent themes are addressed in special assemblies, which all students are encouraged to attend.
Each student is viewed as a unique and special creation of God and our school program aims to guide student development physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. With this holistic approach to education we aim to instill an appreciation for the morals and principles of the Scriptures so that students can mature to a full understanding of their responsibilities as citizens and God’s creations.
There are many controversial issues we face on a regular basis, whether it be lifestyle, morality or questions around the origin and purpose of life. Students will be encouraged to engage in dialogue and seek to find understanding through Biblical principles. Master's will approach these issues through the lens of God's love for the world.
Master's has an open admission policy, which means that a family does not have to have a particular religious affiliation, but all families entering Master's must accept that we will teach from a Christian worldview.
Culture of Respect
Master's Academy and College has the responsibility to ensure that each student and staff member is provided with a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment, respecting diversity and fostering a sense of belonging.
Master's rationale behind the Code of Conduct is to seek, through word and action, to create an environment of trust and mutual support in which each member of our community can grow.
The prohibited grounds of discrimination are set out in the Alberta Human Rights Act.
Student behaviour, whether or not it occurs within the school building, during the school day or by electronic means, must comply with Master’s respectful environment expectations. Any conduct, including all forms of bullying, that is injurious to the physical or mental well being of others in the school is unacceptable. The consequences of unacceptable, inappropriate behaviour, taking into account the student's age, maturity and individual circumstances, will be determined by walking through the steps of conflict resolution and may result in suspension. The school will investigate promptly all reports and complaints of bullying, cyber bullying and retaliation and take prompt action to restore a safe learning environment for all students.
Being competent with technology is an essential skill for the 21st century. Master's one-to-one computing enables rich learning experiences to occur by providing students with the necessary tools to be researchers, designers and creators of the future.
In the Academy, Kindergarten to grade 6, every student is charged a technology fee. This fee enables the provision and maintenance of a set of laptops and other technologies for each class, allowing students on-demand access to technology. Students are exposed to experiences which will hone their keyboarding, researching and documenting skills. These laptops remain in the classroom and do not go home with the student.
In the College, grades 7 to 12, all students are required to purchase an Apple laptop as specified in the "Technology at Master's" document which is included in the Admission information package. Laptops are used as a personal tool for completing and submitting work in all classes on a regular basis. In addition, students will use their laptops to access Geenius, a Learning Transformation System developed here at Master’s.
As a school of Profound Learning, Master’s teachers are committed to the following fourteen principles so as to maximize the effectiveness in implementing the Profound Learning model.
Imaginal Education is an international network of non-profit tax-exempt organizations in Canada (charitable status is pending), USA and Brazil working closely together in bringing Profound Learning to the world.
Our vision of transforming education both locally and globally is accomplished through our Imaginal Education network. Today we are working to transform schools in four continents.
Tom Rudmik, educator and entrepreneur, is the founder of Master’s Academy & College and Imaginal Education. Tom is passionate about implementing real change and is committed to the research and development of breakthroughs in learning and sharing them with the world. Tom is also an international speaker who is instructing and guiding organizations that are confronting issues of obsolescence and the need for transformation. He has created an innovative and powerful organizational change model on how to become an Imaginal Organization. Tom is the author of the book, Becoming Imaginal, Seeing and Creating the Future of Education. Tom is also the creator and facilitator of the Imaginal Transformation Workshop process.
In May 2017, Tom received an honorary Doctor of Literature from Canada Christian College in recognition of his work in transforming education both in Canada and globally.
Coordinator of Research and Development
Doreen Grey, a visionary leader for change in education, was Master’s Academy's first principal. Doreen is both a risk taker and an innovator of new ideas. Doreen and her staff have undertaken several breakthrough initiatives in the areas of assessment, student empowerment, core skill development, establishing a culture for change, and intrinsic motivation towards learning, etc. In her career as a teacher, Doreen championed the cause of transforming assessment, and has offered many professional development opportunities to educators around the province. Currently Doreen provides leadership in the development of Master's future ready Education Learning Model and the Professional Development Program.
Chief Operating Officer
Paul Graham has many years of experience of senior administrative leadership experience, both in the business world as well as in the non-profit sector. Previously, Paul served as executive director of a national Canadian television program, executive director of one of Canada's largest private publishing firms, chairman of Queensway Christian School, and executive administrator of one of Canada's largest churches. Paul brings a wealth of experience and integrity as he leads a team of highly committed Master's support staff.
Linda Dyck joined Master's Academy and College in September 1997 as a pioneer member of the K-8 teaching staff. Upon joining the faculty of Master's Academy and College she worked as a Junior High teacher, moving into the field of Administration in September of 2000. Mrs. Dyck believes, "The staff of Master's Academy are committed to building a foundation for student character development, through the integration of biblically based values and the teaching of the Seven Habits of a Master Learner." In addition, she is committed to developing a strong academic program, including skills that allow students to become future ready. Mrs. Dyck is pleased to note that Master's Academy has been recognized three times, by the Fraser Institute, as a School of Distinction. Mrs. Dyck is married and has three children, all of whom graduated from Master's College.
Susan McAllister joined Master’s College in Septemebr of 1999 and has served as a teacher, Vice-Principal and now Principal. She earned her Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge in 1989 and then taught in Fort McMurray and Rocky Mountain House. Following a move to Calgary, she graduated with a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Calgary in 1999. That fall she joined the staff of Master's College teaching in her passion area: senior high mathematics. She enjoys being a leader of overseas Global Impact teams and being a Guidance Counsellor to junior and senior high students.
Susan is a passionate visionary leader who is deeply committed to the need for high school redesign, as initiated by Alberta Education, as well as advancing Master’s mission of developing graduates who have become Imaginal Leaders, the seers, learners and creators of the future.
Brian ‘t Hart
Brian ‘t Hart joined our Master’s Academy and College team in the spring of 2007 after completing a double degree in education and communication from the University of Calgary. He has worked in a variety of grades and classes. Brian has participated in numerous programs here in the school including athletics, missions, drama and professional development. Brian worked in the academy for seven years before transferring to Trinity Christian school for three years. He worked in junior and elementary teaching and mentoring students and student teachers. Brian participated in teacher mentorship programs over the last few years. In 2014 he graduated from the University of Calgary with a masters in technology integration. Brian has a passion for effective technology use and looks forward to helping Master’s continue to grow as a school.
Jeff Graham joins the Advancement Department after almost 15 years at Master’s in Research and Development. Jeff was hired at Master’s in 2004 after a period at Stanford University as a Ph.D. student, having received his Honours BA in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Through a Master’s partnership with the MG Taylor Corporation, Jeff was part of a small international team in 2005 and 2006 that designed and facilitated workshops at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos Switzerland. The learning from the World Economic Forum was brought back to Master’s in a variety of R&D collaborations including the i.d.Program, which teaches students how to apply design and innovation to complex systemic problems. In addition to Master’s, Jeff’s work history includes consulting in healthcare, business, NGO development, and social innovation. From his years in R&D, Jeff brings a deep working understanding of the vision of Master’s to his role as Advancement Director. Jeff has three children, all of whom attend Master’s.