General Campus Information

The Blyth Academy Lawrence Park Experience

Blyth Academy Lawrence Park is an affordable private high school that has been wonderfully embraced by its families and neighbours. Active in and outside of class, Blyth Lawrence Park hosts several signature events including a city-wide Triathlon, a very popular Music, Art and Drama night, and works closely with the nearby Fairlawn Community Centre, Anytime Fitness, the Freehand School of Art, and more. Students attending this school will quickly feel known and a part of something warm and positive. We are also a quick walk to the beautiful Wanless Park and all of its amenities.

Wildlife Photography in Algonquin Park; winter dogsledding, Outward Bound expedition offerings, and everyday classes offered in engaging and memorable ways…come and visit us and see why our growth has been so explosive!

Our school has an average class size of seven which allows for our educators to spend significant individualized time with each student while delivering a broad range of courses. When combined with first-class care and great teaching, wonderful things happen, and our students flourish.

At Blyth Academy Lawrence Park we offer an outstanding Grades 9–12 program. All of our 82 full time Grade 12 graduates in 2016 successfully gained admission to the university or college of their choice.

Our campus offers a comprehensive full-time program, as well as part-time, private, semi-private and summer school classes. Our newest school, Blyth Academy Online, allows high school students across the province to experience the Blyth Academy difference.We are ministry inspected and adhere to all provincial standards, including the provision of an Ontario Provincial Report Card and official transcripts to post-secondary institutions. At Blyth Academy Lawrence Park, our classroom experience is unparalleled and unique.

Academic Success

Blyth Academy’s primary focus is on enhancing academic achievement to prepare all students for university and beyond. As a testament to Blyth Academy’s unique teaching methods and strategies, 98% of our students go on to post-secondary education, with 95% receiving their first-choice of school. 40% of students received either partial or full scholarships to post-secondary education.

Commitment to Customized, Research-Based Teaching Methods

At Blyth Academy, we use the most up-to-date, research-based teaching methodology, such as block teaching, “teacher as coach,” and authentic forms of assessment. This paradigm shift has proven successful at Blyth—more than 95% of our students are accepted into their first choice of university, and are better prepared to succeed not only in their first year, but also beyond.The academic year at Blyth Academy is divided into four terms of ten and a half weeks. This cutting-edge restructuring of the traditional academic school year has dramatic benefits for the student. Our Grade 9–12 students take only two courses per term, as opposed to a more traditional semester setting (four courses a semester) or a full-year setting (eight courses daily spanning the entire academic year). This means that Grade 9–12 students are able to manage their academic workload much more effectively. Two-hour classes, taken five days a week, allow more time for in-depth review and for individual attention to our students on an ongoing basis.Students often cite their preference for our model. One of our students, Dylan Fisher McCarney, put it this way:

Finding a school that could fit my busy schedule was nearly impossible. From the small class sizes to the diverse and experienced teachers, Blyth helped me balance my high school life.

Furthermore, homework is much more evenly balanced, so students avoid ‘crisis points’ where they have work due in many courses all at once.This model also closely resembles the academic life of a university, where semesters are shorter and highly focused.

The Student Experience

We are often asked if Blyth Academy is a “real school”. The answer, of course, is yes! Blyth Academy not only provides a world-class education but also a rich and well-rounded student experience. All students are given the opportunity to participate in various sports activities and teams, take leadership roles in the school including student council and mega-council , and form and run school clubs such as our Model United Nations, the Ski & Snowboard club, Drama club and so much more.

Every year, Blyth Academy offers overnight camps, a full community service program, Terry Fox day, fall and winter activity days and university tours.

At the conclusion of Grade 12, Blyth Academy is pleased to host a full graduation ceremony and prom, which is an extremely popular way of celebrating our students’ achievements.

For Each Student, A Great School

Students are able to join Blyth Academy full-time at four standard entry points during the school year; however, transitions are simple to arrange any time when a switch is needed. Blyth Academy manages the paperwork, transcripts, and report cards.

To complement our full-time school, students may also wish to take part-time courses in the evenings or weekends, or to take private or semi-private courses. Similarly, they may wish to participate in our popular summer school program, in order to get a head start before the next school year.

Small Classes, Big Reward

With class sizes that average fewer than eight students, we are able to provide a highly personalized education. Every one of our students has a seat at the front of the class; everyone is involved and everyone receives the full attention of the teacher. This encourages the full engagement of the entire class, each and every day, and fosters a more participatory atmosphere where every student gets plenty of individual attention.

Thanks to our small class sizes, we are able to teach the student, not just the curriculum. Teacher feedback on the students’ progress can go into more depth and is immediately applicable for that week.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Here at Blyth Academy, we tailor the curriculum to the individual student, not the other way around. By taking into account each student’s learning style and extra-curricular responsibilities, we are able to customize a plan unique to the individual.

Through Blyth Academy’s ability to customize learning to the individual, we are a popular educational solution for elite student athletes. Our student body in 2013 includes competitive freestyle skiers, ballet dancers, figure skaters, equestrians, hockey players, and other elite student athletes.

Facilities

Many of our campuses feature lunch facilities, student lounges, computer labs, and easy access to public transit.

Facilities available at Blyth Academy Lawrence Park:

  • Classrooms: 12
  • Smartboards: 3
  • Labs: Computer and Science
  • Plenty of local lunch spots, including several fresh, affordable and wholesome lunch options to our students

Sports, Wellness, and Integrated Athletics

At Blyth Academy, we understand that athletic excellence takes great discipline and focus. We can customize a learning plan for your child that not only works around his or her athletic training schedule, but also integrates into it.

Parent Communication

An important part of creating an engaging and supportive learning community is communication between teachers, students and parents/guardians. Blyth Academy Lawrence Park’s teachers maintain regular contact with parents through weekly class-wide updates, in addition to personalized phone and emails to discuss student challenges and successes.  

Parent-teacher conferences are held mid-way through every term providing the opportunity for parents and teachers to meet and collaborate on the best ways to support students, in addition to bi-weekly school-wide newsletters and an engaging online social media presence to keep students in the loop with announcements and reminders. 

Guidance

Our campus has a dedicated and compassionate guidance counselor that provides course selection advice, emotional support, access to workshops and skill improvement resources, as well as university preparation, selection, university visits, and application advice.

Blyth Academy has an average of one guidance counsellor for every 70 students; other public and private high schools average between 200 – 400+ students for every counsellor. This allows our guidance counsellors to provide individual attention and relate to students on a personal basis, providing ongoing advice throughout the school experience.

Letter from the Principal, Luke Coles
Dear Prospective Students and Parents,

I want to welcome you to Blyth Academy Lawrence Park, and if you are not already familiar with us, invite you to come and spend some time with us.

Sit in on some classes, meet with me, visit with our Head of Guidance, Michelle Pucknell, and see how we are different and why it is that our enrollment and campus energy are growing so rapidly.

Our space here is a home base; student-friendly, deeply personal, and a place from which we launch across our city and beyond. TIFF, Outward Bound, ROM, and the Art Gallery of Ontario—all partners of Blyth, and places of enrichment and integration where we showcase experiential learning and best practices in 21st century education.

At Blyth Academy, we know our students. With an average class size of 7, and youthful, engaging teachers who motivate and inspire, the roles of student and teacher are as collaborative partners in discussion or exploration. It is an entirely different model than one in which the teacher teaches and students are left to find ways to engage…our young learners are active and acquiring knowledge themselves; very much empowered in understanding the ‘how’ and ‘why’ over the ‘what’ of education.

Our space is fresh and intimate, and our student body is active in building our own colourful range of club, team, and leadership opportunities. Come and ask the tough questions —our doors are open, we’re proud of what we have built, and prouder still to have a mix of students with varied pursuits and passions…who are ‘together’ here and happy.

I look forward to having the opportunity to tell you so much more about what we’re up to at Blyth Academy.

Kind Regards,

Luke Coles
Principal, Blyth Academy Lawrence Park

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About our Principal, Luke Coles

In his sixth year at Blyth Academy LP, Luke steers this close-knit and still fast-growing school community with relentless and positive energy. Prior to being here, Luke spent twelve years at one of Toronto’s leading independent schools, The Sterling Hall School, as a teacher, coach, mentor, Head of Department and for his last four years there, Vice Principal. Educated at Lawrence Park Collegiate, Queen’s University B.A.(Hons) and the University of Toronto B.Ed, M.Ed, Luke draws on enthusiasm, empathy and experience to help youth excel at Blyth Academy. An avid athlete and leader, Luke founded the Walk for Homeless Youth, which includes co-ed, single gender, private, independent, and public schools alike. His strong leadership skills help ensure that under his guidance, Blyth LP has a warm and energetic feel to it, and that teachers and students together will excel not only academically but also as individuals.

Teaching Faculty

The most inspired teachers create inspired learners. Blyth Academy teachers are chosen for their empathy, compassion, and ability to connect with students. Our teachers must pass a rigorous selection process and excel in their continuous assessments in order to teach at Blyth.

Our faculty is the key to the success of our program and students. Blyth Academy attracts thousands of teacher applications every year, allowing us to be very selective. We also constantly evaluate and review existing faculty. Our teachers are selected for their excellent teaching skills, their depth of knowledge, and their ability to empathize and encourage students. They are familiar and up to date with current Ministry of Education curriculum and assessment policies, and also have the skills to provide support for students who require learning accommodations. All Blyth teachers bring a passion, creativity, and dedication to the success of each student to every class.

Our teachers, on average, instruct 15–25 students each day in two or three classes. This is an astounding ratio when compared to traditional Canadian high schools, where teachers may see upwards of 100 students in a day. At Blyth Academy, teachers have the time, energy and dedication to devote themselves to the individual student and to provide extra help before and after class.

When asked why they do better at Blyth, students frequently respond by saying that they feel a sense of personal respect for – and responsibility to – the teacher.

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Principal

Luke Coles

lukecoles@blytheducation.com

Guidance Counsellor

Michelle Pucknell

michelle.pucknell@blytheducation.com

Campus Administrator

Leni Pothaar

leni.pothaar@blytheducation.com

Guidance Counsellor

Daniel Dimillo

daniel.dimillo@blytheducation.com

Part-Time and Private Course Coordinator

Nick Ebel

nick.ebel@blytheducation.com

Private Course Coordinator

Sarah Morris

sarah.morris@blytheducation.com

Campus Schedules

Daily Schedules

Grades 9-12

PeriodTime
Period 18:40am – 10:55am
Period 211:00am – 1:15pm
Lunch1:15pm – 1:45pm
Period 31:45pm – 4:00pm
Foundations Program8:45am - 4:00pm
Holiday Schedule
2016-17 DatesHolidays
October 7Holiday
October 10Thanksgiving
December 26 - January 6Winter Break
February 20Family Day
March 13 - March 17March Break
April 14Good Friday
April 17Easter Monday
May 22Victoria Day
Term Schedule
2016-17
GRADE 9–12: TERM SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
Orientation DaysThursday, September 8 and Friday, September 9
Term 1Monday, September 12, 2016 – Thursday, November 17, 2016
Term 2Friday, November 18, 2016 – Monday, February 6, 2017
Term 3Tuesday, February 7, 2017 – Monday, April 24, 2017
Term 4Wednesday, April 26, 2017 – Friday, June 30, 2017
Term 5Summer School starts on Monday July 5th or Aug 2nd

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Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Blyth Academy Lawrence Park's middle years program places an emphasis on students' whole health - intellectual, physical and emotional wellness of exciting experiential learning opportunities with our educational partners.

Programming and support of students transition into Grade 9.

Foundations Program (Grade 9-10)

The Foundations Program is unique to Blyth Academy. It combines the development of important life skills with the Ontario Ministry mandated academic curriculum. In order to best prepare students for the road ahead, the program has been developed for students in Grades 9 and 10 to enrich and enhance their understanding of such important skills as:

  • Managing one’s wellness
  • Study skills
  • Financial literacy
  • Creative thinking
  • Planning & time management
  • Community services
  • Personal nutrition
  • Improving academic achievement

This program will allow our students to move to the rigorous academic challenges of Grades 11 and 12, armed with an excellent education, as well as the practical skills necessary for success after high school, and the ability to think independently, analytically, and critically.

PeriodTime
Period 18:40am – 10:55am
Period 211:00am – 1:15pm
Lunch1:15pm – 1:45pm
Period 31:45pm – 4:00pm
Foundations Program8:45am - 4:00pm

Foundations Program Facilities

Our Foundations Program students can take advantage of all of our campus facilities. Facilities available at Blyth Academy Lawrence Park:

  • Classrooms: 12
  • Smartboards: 3
  • Labs: Computer and Science
  • Plenty of local lunch spots, including several fresh, affordable and wholesome lunch options to our students

Foundations Program in the Community

As part of the Foundations Program at Blyth Academy Lawrence Park, Blyth Academy will invite community leaders and experts in relevant life skills to attend our school and share their knowledge and experiences with our students. Combining the required curriculum with ‘real-world’ instruction will provide students with an unparalleled understanding of these essential subjects.

Foundations Program Academics

The academic year of the Blyth Academy Foundations Program is divided into four terms of ten and half weeks. This cutting-edge restructuring of the traditional academic school year has dramatic benefits for the student. Our Foundations students take only two courses per term, as opposed to a more traditional semester setting (four courses a semester) or a full-year setting (eight courses daily spanning the entire academic year), meaning that our students are able to manage their academic workload much more effectively. Two-hour classes, taken five days a week, allow more time for in-depth review and for individual attention to our students on an ongoing basis. Students select their courses at the start of the school term and are given their schedule and room assignments. The life skills portion of the Foundations Program is taught in their third “spare” period. Blyth Academy Lawrence Park is fully accredited and ministry inspected, and adheres to all provincial standards, including the provision of an Ontario Provincial Report Card and official transcripts to post-secondary institutions. Blyth Academy follows the Ontario curriculum. To read more about the Ontario Curriculum, please select a Grade level below: Grade 9  /  Grade 10

Philosophy of the Foundations Program

The Foundations Program seeks to provide a unique offering to students in Grades 9 and 10 that challenges the traditional organization of curriculum development and delivery in the intermediate grades. Traditional academics at Blyth Academy, unlike at many schools where the disciplines stand isolated from one another and the real lives of students, will be fully integrated in actual experience. In taking this approach the Foundation Program ensures a curriculum that changes with the times and thus remains perpetually interesting and relevant to students each and every year. The Foundations Program, our Academy wide offering of Study and Life skills in partnership with community organizations, provides unparalleled opportunities for personal and academic growth within the intermediate division. Each program is specifically tailored to the environment at each campus. Grade 9 and 10 students at Blyth Academy will benefit from the way in which the Foundations Program integrates the disciplines of Math, Science, English, and the Social Sciences and makes them relevant to their lives. Students will derive a more meaningful educational experience by explicitly examining the way in which what they learn in their traditional classes impacts their daily lives. In so doing, the Foundations Program will produce students with a greater sense of self, a better understanding of their peers, and a meaningful knowledge of the world around them. Students who successfully complete the Foundations Program will move into their Senior years at Blyth Academy, strongly connected to the mission of the school and its three truths:

  1. Care and empathy for students on academic, intellectual and personal levels is essential to success.
  2. Brilliant hands-on, experiential teaching in small classes engages students and produces the best results.
  3. Blyth Academy schools produce well-rounded, university-ready and life ready students by providing a full extra- curricular program as well as community-involvement opportunities in their neighbourhoods and around the world.

 

University Preperation (Grade 11-12)

A student’s journey with Blyth Academy culminates in the University Preparation Program for Grades 11 and 12. Here, preparing for post-secondary education is the primary focus, with increased focus on developing opinions, interpreting information, independent learning, and active participation in our small-group setting. Experienced guidance counsellors work weekly with each student to prepare them for the first year of University and beyond, with advice and counselling given during the application and scholarship selection process. Academic, personal, and vocational goals are a key area of focus, as the guidance counsellor assists in honing the students’ abilities and skills into potential post-secondary options. As the four-term, two course approach of Grade 11 and 12 mimics the academic semester structure of post-secondary education, students are prepared to manage their timetable, use their self-directed study skills, and benefit from the familiar “round-table” tutorial system. At Blyth Academy, students are taught to advocate for themselves, nurture a strong instructor-student relationship, and be active members of their school.

PeriodTime
Period 18:40am – 10:55am
Period 211:00am – 1:15pm
Lunch1:15pm – 1:45pm
Period 31:45pm – 4:00pm
Foundations Program8:45am - 4:00pm

University Preparation Program: Facilities

Facilities available at Blyth Academy Lawrence Park:

  • Classrooms: 12
  • Smartboards: 3
  • Labs: Computer and Science
  • Plenty of local lunch spots, including several fresh, affordable and wholesome lunch options to our students

University Preparation Program: Academics

The academic year of the Blyth Academy University Preparation Program is divided into four terms of ten and a half weeks. This cutting-edge restructuring of the traditional academic school year has dramatic benefits for the student. Our University Preparation students take only two courses per term, as opposed to a more traditional semester setting (four courses a semester) or a full-year setting (eight courses daily spanning the entire academic year), meaning that our students are able to manage their academic workload much more effectively. Two-hour classes, taken five days a week, allow more time for in-depth review and for individual attention to our students on an ongoing basis. Students select their courses at the start of the school term, and are given their schedule and room assignments. The third period is free for independent study, assignments, extracurricular activities, guidance counsellor visits, independent exercise programs, sport training, or other homework. Students entering Grade 12 at Blyth Academy may only need six credits to graduate. In this case, Grade 12 students take two courses in Term 1, two courses in Term 2, two courses in Term 3, and then are eligible to graduate in April, leaving time to enjoy a victory lap, one of our exciting travel programs, or take a part-time job in advance of departing for University. If desired, Grade 12 students can take two Blyth Summer School credits during July and August before the start of the school year, allowing for graduation and all of its benefits as early as February. Blyth Academy is fully accredited and ministry inspected, and adheres to all provincial standards, including the provision of an Ontario Provincial Report Card and official transcripts to post-secondary institutions. Blyth Academy follows the Ontario curriculum. To read more about the Ontario Curriculum, please select a Grade level below: Grade 11  /  Grade 12

 

 

 

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