We are writing to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for the dedicated support that the Blyth Academy at Lawrence Park has provided to Tyler.
By attending Blyth, Tyler not only received a great education from teachers who are enthusiastic and committed to each students’ success, more importantly, he gained greater self-confidence to take with him on the next step of his journey.
We are so thankful to find an academic institution that was able to bring out the most that our son has to offer, when others were not able or willing. That is the true difference in attending Blyth, you are designed to bring out the best in your students from the amount of care and attention dedicated to each pupil and enable them to carry that forward.
Gene and Carolyn Palazzo
My son had attended a school with 1,500 students from grade 7 to 12, with an average class size of 25 students. Finishing at 17 years of age, he decided to do a lap year to enhance his marks and to give himself an extra year to decide on a university program. He chose Blyth Academy, Lawrence Park (LP) to repeat his last year. From the very 1st day, Blyth welcomed him and made him feel like family!
With only 250 students from grades 7 to 12, Blyth LP’s class size is in the range of 6 to 10 students, some as low as 4. With this ratio, Blyth’s teachers can provide my son with Individual attention. Teachers are youthful, energetic, and versed in many teaching methods. With only 2 subjects per term or less, my son is able to concentrate more fully on each subject with a marked improvement.
Blyth also has a mentorship program, where students can request a teacher to be their mentor. My son benefits from meeting with his mentor over lunch or a walk, and this teacher has become an important support to him. The principal, Luke Coles and the administration staff, work with students, teachers and staff to ensure student success and provide many alternative opportunities for any concerns. At Blyth, each student is guaranteed success because of the individual care provided. Blyth Academy is an amazing school!
This last year of my son’s pre-university education has been a wonderful year for him and for us. His marks are outstanding! He is part of many clubs including the student council. He has grown in many ways, including his self-confidence and self-esteem. We have made good friends with the staff and teachers and he feels good about his choice of program at university .
I wish to thank everyone at Blyth Academy Lawrence Park for providing this incredible year for my son! I wish everyone the best and hope we all keep in touch as good friends in the future.
I am writing this letter to you to let you know just how grateful we as a family are for Blyth Academic High School. Our eldest boy now in grade 10 had been struggling in a public system that can only seem to accommodate the average, self motivated learner despite the efforts of special ed teachers, IEPs etc.
Some kids just cannot learn in an environment of 32+ students in each class –x 8 subjects– all year—ours was one of these and he was very discouraged. I happened to see a notice of your open house, attended and we signed him up mid year.
It is not just his marks that have changed — his confidence in his ability to learn and his engagement with other students and the teachers have made a difference in his overall attitude toward school. This engagement learning is no longer possible in the public classroom given the numbers, they are assigned work sheets and sent home bored, frustrated and discouraged.
I only hope that other communities have access to Blyth and schools similar to Blyth, as these kids should not give up on themselves simply because we are not all the same learners. Thank you for all of your support–
All the best,
Jill & Richard Reeves
Josh has blossomed from an introverted young man with little confidence in his abilities academically and socially to a very happy, confident young man who feels comfortable in his choices and abilities to navigate his needs. We could not be happier that Blyth was a part of his journey!
I would be very happy to talk with prospective parents about Sophia’s experiences at Blyth. She came to Blyth in Grade 12, and I remember sitting in your office in a state of desperation. She had been in several schools, and was very close to dropping out. She’s what educators label a ‘gifted underachiever’. Since attending Blyth, she has gone from barely scraping by to getting 95 final in biology, and a midterm of 97 in advanced functions. Previously, she had no goals or aspirations, and now is wanting to go into computer science at Waterloo. I think there is an environment of respect at Blyth, and I often found that missing in other schools. I feel with this respectful environment where teachers have tremendous enthusiasm for their subjects, kids are more than likely to lean into it, rather than detach. I could go on…
My son was not reaching his full potential at public high school. It was too big and he didn’t feel connected or motivated. When he joined Blyth Lawrence Park things improved steadily for a number of reasons. The classes are smaller with typically between 6 and 10 students which means that teachers had more time to spend helping students and were able to focus on individual needs. With the small classes the teachers get to know each student individually and forge a good relationship, this is something that never happened in the public system. The standards of the teachers are very high both in terms of personal character and qualifications, they are highly motivated and passionate about teaching. They really make a difference. Our son continues to thrive both academically and socially. He is enjoying school for the first time since grade school. He continuously receives good guidance counselling which has opened his mind to different options of study which he had never considered before. and this is helping him decide what he would like to study at university.
We are happy with our decision to send our son to Blyth for grades 11 and 12 and are glad to see him enjoying school and learning again.
Ethan Klieman – Parent
Blyth Academy Lawrence Park has positively changed our lives! Our 17 year old son summed it up best when he said, “the small classes make it so that I can develop a more personal connection with my teachers”. We see that he is finally learning that asking for help, clarification or guidance is ok. As an educator and a parent, I know first hand that once a student trusts that his or her requests for help will be received without judgement, confidence develops and learning begins in earnest. It has taken a program like the one offered at Blyth to help our son see that. We only regret not having made the move sooner.
Linda McKay – Parent