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  • Type:
    Day camp, Virtual Camp/Program
  • Focus:
    Leadership (multi)
  • Cost:
    $750 to $850/week
  • Ages:
    9 to 18
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  • Summary

    Luminara Academy answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    At Luminara Academy, we cultivate the life skills that AI can't replace through a meaningful, fun and engaging curriculum. With an intentional focus on building (in tweens and teens) social skills, leadership, critical thinking, financial and digital literacy, time management, communication, resilience and much more, we ensure young minds are equipped with the tools and strategies to successfully participate, thrive and navigate today's world and tomorrow's future!

    • Special needs: Not available
    • LGBTQ+ friendly community

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Our world is changing rapidly and tomorrow's leaders need more than just book knowledge. Therefore, our approach to education sets us apart in many ways:
    - Our curriculum is future-focused - designed to help students not only thrive today but also be ready for challenges of tomorrow.
    - Our founder's background of having worked in multiple countries infuses our program with a global perspective. Kids are prepared to thrive in an interconnected world.
    - Our interactive challenges ensure that the concepts taught are deeply ingrained and not just theoretically understood.
    - We introduce our students to real-world professionals who inspire and provide practical perspectives, bridging the gap between learning and its real-world application."

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "We have the highest standards for our facilitators, who undergo a rigorous selection process and background check. We bring in diverse staff that have the credentials and qualifications to work with kids. We also ensure that all staff are trained in first aid. Our Guest Speakers are esteemed professionals in industry with decades of experience in their field and stories to tell. "

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Applications are open for Summer Programs and spots are limited.

    We have three programs available for kids aged 9+. We also offer individualized services and university application support services for our teens.

    Once you register through our website, you will receive a confirmation email with details on next steps and what to expect closer to the launch date. Payment in full is required upon registration. Our refund policy allows you to cancel registration up to 30 days in advance, subject to a payment cancellation fee. "

  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Luminara Academy currently has 4 programs available.

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    Day Camp
    Ages: 13 - 18
    Education (multi), Leadership (multi)
    $750 to $850
    Instructor lead (group)|Debate|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Super Camp|Public Speaking|Reading|Meditation|Mindfulness Training
    Day Camp
    Ages: 9 - 15
    Education (multi), Empowerment
    $750 to $850
    Instructor lead (group)|Debate|Empowerment|Super Camp|Public Speaking|Reading|Meditation|Mindfulness Training
    Ages: 16 - 18+
    Education (multi), Leadership (multi)
    $500 to $700
    Instructor lead (group)|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Public Speaking|Mindfulness Training
    Day Camp
    Ages: 11 - 15
    Education (multi), Leadership (multi)
    $500 to $750
    Instructor lead (group)|Debate|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Public Speaking

  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Luminara Academy

    our take

    Established with the vision of nurturing future leaders, Luminara Academy equips young minds with critical thinking, social skills, leadership, and resilience. The academy's curriculum is future-focused, designed to prepare students for a rapidly changing world. Under the guidance of founder Michelle Machado, who brings an extensive educational background, the program is infused with a global perspective, ensuring students are well-prepared for an interconnected world. Luminara Academy offers a unique approach to learning, blending traditional education with essential life skills training. Key features of the academy include interactive challenges, hands-on learning, outdoor activities, and mystery challenges, all of which make learning tangible and memorable. In addition, the program includes guest speakers from various professional fields, who provide students with real-world perspectives and practical insights, further deepening the learning experience. The program is rich with innovative activities such as 'Superhero Social Skills' for emotional understanding and connection building, 'Detective Minds' for enhancing problem-solving skills, and 'Young Leaders Lab' for fostering change and leadership. With core values that emphasize holistic growth, integrity, empowerment, community collaboration, and innovation, Luminara Academy distinguishes itself as a premier educational institution, shaping the leaders of tomorrow.

    More reviews of Luminara Academy

    SL, Parent

    Thoughtfully Organized Camp (5star google review)

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    NM, Parent

    First Day experience

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    AL, Camper

    Transformative Experience (5star google review)

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    More reviews of Luminara Academy

    SL, Parent

    Thoughtfully Organized Camp (5star google review)

    My two children and their friends attended the March Break Essential Life Skills program and they all enjoyed and benefited from the learning and the experience. This unique soft skills camp is very high quality and was just as promised. The entire camp was thoughfully organized with detailed updates and communication with parents each day. I was very impressed by Michelle, the guest speakers, and staff on their professionalism and passion for shaping young minds with the essential soft skills needed to succeed in today's world ... Show More

    NM, Parent

    First Day experience

    I was a bit anxious that xx would find it boring since the camp agenda was workshop-looking, but his first word when I asked how his first day was was "awesome!

    AL, Camper

    Transformative Experience (5star google review)

    Luminara Academy has truly been a transformative experience for me. Not only did I have a fantastic time with my friends, but I also learned invaluable life skills that will stay with me forever. The academy's emphasis on leadership, communication, and empathy has had a profound impact on me. Through various activities and challenges, I learned how to lead effectively, communicate clearly and empathize with others. These skills have not only helped me in my academic pursuits but also in my personal life and future career. What sets Luminara Academy apart is its ability to blend learning with fun. Every day was filled with exciting and engaging team activities that not only taught us important skills but also allowed us to bond with our friends and create lasting memories. I would highly recommend Luminara Academy to anyone looking to not only have a great time but also to grow as an individual. Thank you, Luminara Academy, for the unforgettable experience ... Show More

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    Downtown East, Toronto
    18 King Street East, Suite 1400, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 1A1
    Scarborough Village, Toronto
    937 Progress Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M1G 3T8
    Don Valley Village, Toronto
    205 Placer Court, Toronto, Ontario, M2H 0A9


    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Luminara Academy technology free? Yes

    Property Details

    More details about property: Our Essential Life Skills Program will be held at Centennial College Event Centre. This is a state of the art event facility with secure entrance and will include all meals and snacks for participants for the week.

  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Michelle Machado, Founder
    B.Sc (Hons), M.Sc, PhD, MBA

    Welcome! As the Founder of Luminara Academy, my mission is more than just imparting knowledge. It's about equipping our young generation with the holistic skill set they truly need to navigate a rapidly changing world.

    Why are these skills so essential? In an era dominated by technology, innovation, and constant change, AI tools are commoditizing human knowledge and as a result, human skills are going to be front and centre now more than ever! Success is no longer based on just understanding STEM or mastering a foreign language. It's about developing emotional intelligence, adaptability, critical thinking, leadership and so much more. These are the tools that will allow our children to thrive, to lead, and to make impactful changes in their communities and the broader world.

    I encourage you to dive deeper into our website. Explore our blog, check out our resources, and see for yourself why our focus on these often-overlooked skills is so pivotal for the success of future generations. Check out our Summer Programs and other services. Sign up your child before spaces run out! I promise, it's a journey you won't regret! 

    Best wishes,



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