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The Maples Academy was founded in 1989 under the name The Maples Independent Country School. The school was established to provide a higher quality alternative education with a ‘back to the basics’ approach and a focus on strong moral values. For 30 years, The Maples has provided a superior education for our students from preschool to Grade 8. We are proud to serve the communities of Orangeville, Caledon, Shelburne, Grand Valley and the counties of Dufferin, Wellington, Simcoe and Peel.

In March of 2014, The Maples was purchased by the owner and CEO of St. Jude’s Academy and Oakwood Academy in Mississauga, Aaron Sawatsky. With its new ownership, The Maples Academy became the only school in the Orangeville area offering the highly respected International Baccalaureate program.

Our Mission, Vision and Values reinforce that focus and all the decisions we make. The Maples welcomes students of all faiths. We are a non-denominational school. The Maples Academy is an IB World School with a fully accredited Primary Years Programme (PYP) and our exceptional Middle Years Program.

“In our caring and vibrant community, students will be motivated and guided to take ownership of their intellectual and moral growth, and develop the self-esteem and courage they will need to deal successfully with the challenges and opportunities that high school and university hold.”

Aaron Sawatsky, Founder of our family of schools, St. Jude’s Academy, The Maples Academy, and Oakwood Academy

Our Family of Schools

Together, St. Jude’s Academy, The Maples Academy and Oakwood Academy form Our Family of Schools.