- The combined tennis and academic program empowers students to be lifelong learners while preparing each student to become successful, independent athletes in the 21st century.
- In our nurturing and caring environment, students are able to develop not only their intellectual skills but their physical, emotional and social skills.
- The teachers and tennis pros are dedicated professionals who possess exceptional experience and knowledge within one of the lowest teacher to student ratios of 4:1 (tennis) and 6:1 (academics). Students are able to maximize their potential and most students have excellent academic results. The outcome is a student who has excellent academic grades and athletic achievement while having fun! This assists them in gaining entry and scholarships at the college and university level.
- Niagara Academy has students from all over the world as well as within Canada. In our welcoming school, many languages are spoken, as students gain a greater appreciation and understanding of our global community.
- Niagara Academy offers very competitive academic fees when compared to other private schools. We also offer safe host family placement to students from other countries or out of town.
Why Niagara Academy?
Niagara Academy is the only Ontario school that provides a comprehensive Academic and Tennis co-ed. program for grades 9-12, following the Ontario curriculum.
From Our Parents & Alumni
We have 2 kids studying at the Niagara Tennis Academy. We visited several schools in Canada and abroad and found the Niagara Tennis Academy best suited for our children. The children are very happy at school and receive exceptional education and tennis training. Due to the smaller class sizes, each student gets individual attention. The teachers are very committed and help the students in every way.
My son went to the Canada-wide Science fair in 2017 and received a lot of guidance from his teachers. The students are surrounded by peers who excel at school and tennis with good placement in well known universities.
The curriculum is well balanced with tennis and education. It is the only school in Canada which is focused on excellent tennis training and providing world class education in the same campus.
— From Doctors Sivakumar Annamalai and Saraswati Sivakumar, August, 2017
I would like to thank you and all Niagara Academy teachers to assist Dylan in completion of his study. The academy you have built, the culture, knowledge and flexibility of teachers and coaches is very unique worldwide. Niagara Academy allows young athletes to grow their game and education. Once again big thanks from bottom of my heart.
Graduating from Niagara Academy, Dylan is well equipped as a student and athlete and without any doubt will do well in school and on tennis court while attending Nebraska University. It is our expectation that together we will be able to celebrate many of his future achievements. As you know Daniel has graduated from Indiana University with very good marks, played leader role for his team, contributing to team overall success and made significant accomplishments along the way including finishing as 6th winningest double player in University history (founded January 20, 1820). Daniel has also won three consecutive BIG10 sportsmanship award. Recently Daniel has been accepted into MBA program at Division I school as graduate assistant coach for men’s and women team. It is great accomplishment not only for Daniel but also great achievement for all people who helped him along the way. Niagara Academy, coaches, teachers and your own involvement in his life played significant role in his success . Many thanks to all of you.
— From Doroto and Marian Bednarczyk, parents of Dylan Bednarczyk (2016 Niagara Academy graduate)
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb
This quote defines the last year and a half I have spent at Niagara Academy.
Even though all of us are here to practice an individual sport, tennis, it is amazing how it feels like a team sport. All of a sudden, because what I have made at Niagara Academy are teammates, friends and family. It really surprises me how the people here are so determined to hold your hand and help you to find the way to reach your goals. We may not have all the same goals but still everybody is willing to help you reach them.
I am so thankful I made the decision to come to Niagara Academy because I know there is no academy like this one out there. Today, I feel very lucky for the opportunity to be a part of this family that has taught me so much.
I will never forget this little place full of people with big hearts, this is an experience I know I am going to tell my kids about and I know I am going to be back someday too!
— Yrery Garcia, January 9, 2015
After graduating from NAT in 2009, I enrolled in McMaster University, where I completed my Bachelors degree in Human Geography and Urban Planning in 2013. From there, I completed a Masters in the same field at the University of Toronto, and as of September 2014, I am working towards my PhD. My research looks at the intersections of housing, finance, and immigration policy, as they relate to questions of social justice. I am particularly interested in how we can reform the way (current) markets work to ensure quality housing for all, and especially for racialized and low-income immigrants. The independent thinking, time management, and perseverance I developed as a student-athlete at Niagara Academy has directly impacted my performance in academics. Without question, Niagara Academy was the single most important and foundational time in my life, and the kindness and quality of character you will find there — among coaches, teachers, and friends — is second to none.
— Dylan Simone, University of Toronto PhD Candidate
After high school, I received a full scholarship to the University of Detroit Mercy where I competed on a Division 1 tennis team. At Detroit I earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology, in addition to a minor in business administration. Upon graduating from college in May of 2014, I moved to Cambridge, MA to coach tennis at the Tennis Academy at Harvard for four months. I am currently employed by a firm named Fidelity Investments in Toronto. In terms of my future plans, I am hoping to remain with Fidelity Investments for a long and prosperous career. On the personal side, I would love to backpack through Europe this summer!
— From Raina Halabi, Niagara Academy 2009 Grad
It has been an amazing year here at Georgia Southern, although it has been challenging in the tennis part. In the season I have been playing in doubles as number one and two, and in singles from four to six. The tennis and/or every other sport atmosphere is crazy, everyone gets super intense when playing against another school. There is a big loyalty and a great support from the fans.
The facilities are great, we have a football stadium with around 20,000 seats, the basketball arena with 7,000, and softball and baseball around 4,000. We also have our own lockers with showers for the tennis team.
Now I know why so many people in Canada would get shocked or impressed when I would tell them that I would go to the south for studying, people here are so different from what I’m used to. It’s all a different culture. People here is all about fishing, hunting, camouflage clothing, big trucks and BBQ.
I’m really happy to be here, and for sure I have done the right decision to come here. I would be more than welcome to help students from NAT to come here and share my experience with them. I already talked to Alexis and Johny to motivate them to come here hahah, I’m missing Luke to tell him!
I can now say that I’m living my dream! Thank you for helping me reach it!
— From Jose Eduardo Landin at Georgia Southern University
The goal of competitive tennis players at the high school level is just to play as much tennis as possible and win as many tournaments as possible. At the college level, balancing academics with tennis becomes the main goal, especially with tournaments almost every weekend. Being on a tennis team means players needs to give their best all the time, so they don’t let the team down. At the same time, they need to keep up with their studies to maintain their place at the college. Once they hit the professional ranks, there is a whole new set of conditions to challenge players.
Playing professional tennis looks glamorous, but sometimes it can be lonely. Players are no longer part of a team and they need to be away from family and friends, as they travel to practice or for tournaments. Whereas being part of a team at college level gives players a very active social life, traveling as an individual on the pro circuit means spending a lot of time on one’s own.
It’s extremely important to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. That means balancing fitness, tennis and downtime. Playing at increasingly higher levels of play also means players will lose a lot of games, some they think they should win. Learning to deal with the losses requires a mental toughness players can’t survive without.
Whereas the top players have the finances to fly around in their own jets and have health and coaching professionals available whenever they need them, players in the lower ranks always have to find the most economical way of getting what they need. To get one thing, they may have to give up another, all the while trying to make sure they have what is necessary to continue to develop as a competitive player. Some very talented players don’t make it to the top because they can’t afford it.
Despite all these downsides, young professional players continue to make sacrifices because they want the challenge and tennis is what they love.
— Hans Hach, Niagara Academy Alumnus, ATP Tennis Professional