General Campus Information

The Blyth Academy Yorkville Experience

Blyth Academy is our Yorkville campus is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Toronto in a stunning newly renovated historic building, moments away from some of Toronto’s most exciting cultural and entertainment venues. Our academic partners, including the ROM, AGO, and TIFF, are just minutes away.

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 Yorkville we offer an outstanding Grades 9–12 program.

Our campus offers a comprehensive full-time program, as well as part-timeprivate, 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 adheres to all provincial standards, including the provision of an Ontario Provincial Report Card and official transcripts to post-secondary institutions.

YORKVILLE
Grade Level: 9–12
Students: 175
Average Class Size: 7 Students
Foundations Program Offered? Yes
Classrooms: 12
Smartboards: 2
Labs: Science
Notable Student Clubs: Student Council, Model United Nations, Music, Culture Vulture, Comic Book, Workout, Community Outreach, Social Events
Student Events: Graduation and Prom, school trips, fall and winter activity days, travel opportunities, university tour
Extracurricular Sports: Intramural sports teams available
Alpine Sports Program: No
Other facilities: Student Lounge, local lunch options, convenient central location
Partnerships: AGO, ROM, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Outward Bound at the Evergreen Brickworks, Goodlife Fitness, various community outreach partners.
Part-Time Courses Offered? Yes, evening and weekends
Private Courses Offered? Yes
Summer School Offered? Yes
Address: 85 St. Nicholas Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1W8
Telephone Number: 647-347-0958
BSID: 666580

Blyth Academy Yorkville’s Educational Philosophy

Small class sizes means that 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.

At Blyth Academy Yorkville, we have 12 classrooms, with an average class size of 9 students.

Parent Communication/Student Support

Parent Communication

At Blyth Academy Yorkville, we pride ourselves on maintaining open lines of communication between teaching and administration staff, and our parents, in both a formal and informal way.

Formal Communication

Our campus provides four opportunities a year for parents to meet formally with teachers during our Parent Teacher Evenings. These evenings are held halfway through each term and give an opportunity to formally discuss a student’s progress. At the conclusion of every term, parents will receive a full report card, outlining the student’s success over the past 10 and a half weeks.

Parents also receive full access to our grading and reporting system, Rediker, allowing you to track your student’s progress, grades, and attendance in real time.

Rediker Reporting

Blyth Academy uses the Rediker online system to keep parents and students up to date on all grades and class attendance on an ongoing basis. This program is an excellent way to allow parents to monitor a student’s academic performance quickly and easily.

Informal Communication

Every Administrator, Head of School, Guidance Counsellor and Teacher at Blyth Academy adheres to our open-door policy, giving each parent access to phone, email, or face-to-face conversation throughout the school year. We are readily available to listen to any questions or concerns and to provide ongoing communication throughout each term.

Student Support

Guidance

Our campus has a dedicated and compassionate guidance counsellor 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.

Extracurricular

Student life at Blyth Academy is structured to provide a well-rounded educational experience. While academic success and student growth are our top priorities, we want to ensure that students also enjoy their time in this energetic and vibrant environment. From intramural sports teams and gym groups, volunteering and workshops, to clubs and coffee houses, Blyth Academy students are offered a wide-range of unique extracurricular activities. Students are encouraged to take leadership positions in the school and create clubs and activities that appeal to them.

Facilities

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

Facilities available at Blyth Academy Yorkville:

  • Classrooms: 12
  • Smartboards: 2
  • Labs: Science
  • Unique, personal learning spaces
  • Plenty of local lunch options
  • Convenient, central location
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Letter from the Principal
Dear Prospective Students and Parents,

Located in the heart of the world’s most diverse city, Blyth Academy Yorkville draws on the resources of Toronto including the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts.  Our school space is designed to be cheerful and collaborative, and teachers and students forge trusting, meaningful relationships; indeed the connection between teacher and student is the strongest predictor of future success and achievement, and happiness.

Our proximity to Yonge and Bloor provides us one of the most exciting and diverse student bodies in the city, and at Blyth teenagers make friendships and solve problems of knowledge in a spirit of curiosity and co-operation.  We also aim to keep a close eye on wellness and are always able and willing to listen to students, and their families. Along with the unmatched on-line and international outreach of Blyth Education, we offer several extra-curriculars including student council, prom committee, yoga, Model UN, and Art.  If we don’t have a club that a student wants, we’ll make one.

Students graduate from Blyth Yorkville and proceed to leading universities in Canada and beyond; intentionally small, we have talented and knowledgeable counsellors for advice on colleges and universities.

Education has never been more important and is the greatest gift we can give our children.

I welcome meeting you and sharing everything this exceptional school offers.

Warm Regards,

Adam de Pencier

Principal, Blyth Academy Yorkville

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Blyth Academy Yorkville Team

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.

Adam de Pencier

Principal, Blyth Academy Yorkville

Adam de Pencier becomes our new Principal at Blyth Academy Yorkville.  Adam studied at Queen’s, and the Universities of Chicago, Columbia, and Edinburgh, and has several years’ experience as a teacher, counsellor, and Principal at Canadian and American schools. He also attended the Principals’ Center at Harvard.   Adam is passionate about teacher and professional development and has presented at leading North American schools and universities.  He also writes regularly on education, the environment, and sports, in newspapers including the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and Lake Superior Magazine.

Principal

Adam de Pencier

Adam.DePencier@blytheducation.com

Campus Administrator

Matthew Hines

matthew.hines@blytheducation.com

Head of Guidance

Jessica Lewis

jessica.lewis@blytheducation.com

Vice Principal:

Yvonne Reitmeier

yvonnereitmeier@blytheducation.com

Guidance Counsellor

Danielle Kendall

daniellekendall@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

 

Holiday Schedule
2017-18 DatesHolidays
October 6Holiday
October 9Thanksgiving
December 25 - January 5Winter Break
February 19Family Day
March 12 - March 16March Break
March 30Good Friday
April 2Easter Monday
May 21Victoria 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 (Grade 7-8)

Your child’s Blyth Academy journey begins in our Middle School program, where academic excellence and compassionate student care intersect to prepare our youngest students for success.

It is often overwhelming to think of our Grade 7–8 students as university-bound, but they indeed are! The Blyth Academy Middle School Program immerses students into an academic setting reminiscent of the very best post-secondary institutions; very small class sizes (averaging under eight students), roundtable discussions as opposed to desk-based lessons, and rich, experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom introduce students to this new way of learning.

Students will begin to gain confidence as they transition from the more rigid school environment to the Blyth Academy model, where students are encouraged to participate, where every seat is a front row seat, and no-one is left behind. The class environment is highly interactive as teachers are able to fully engage in meaningful discussion and give individual attention. The Blyth Academy model has been proven year after year to increase academic success through constant feedback and the ability to customize learning to the individual, something that is impossible in a larger classroom setting.

Participation builds confidence, self-esteem, and empathy, valuable life skills that form the foundation of a happy, engaged, and academically successful child who is heard and understood.

Middle School Program Facilities

In addition to our well-equipped facilities at each of our campuses, our London campus features large, bright classrooms, on-site boarding facility, a computer and science lab, and a convenient location that is close to transit.

Middle School Academics

Blyth Academy Middle School students enjoy the entire Ontario curriculum, including a rich arts, music, drama, physical education, and health program, in a standard eight-class day. Each class lasts 45 minutes, after which assignments and other homework are presented.

Blyth Academy is 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 7 / Grade 8 

Foundations Program (Grade 9-10)

GRADE 9-10: THE FOUNDATION PROGRAM

Your child’s Blyth Academy journey continues in our Foundations Program, where experienced and empathetic faculty build on the students’ academic success, while adding a complete and comprehensive life skills curriculum.

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.

FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM TIMETABLE*
*times may be adjusted slightly by campus
9:00 amPeriod 1
11:15 amPeriod 2
1:30 pmLunch
2:00 pmPeriod 3
4:15 pmDay ends

Foundation Program Facilities

Our Foundations Program students can take advantage of all of our campus facilities, including computer and science labs, student lounges, kitchenette facilities, student clubs, and intramural sports teams.

Foundation Program in the Community

The Foundations Program at Yorkville and Lawrence Park includes an integrated program with our educational partnerships at the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto International Film Festival and Outward Bound. Students will visit a site once a week and incorporate these experiences into their curriculum with the support of staff and facilities.

As part of the Foundations Program at our London campus, Blyth will invite community leaders and experts in relevant life skills to attend our schools 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.

Foundation Program Academics

The academic year of the Blyth Academy Foundation 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 Foundation Program is taught in their third “spare” period.

Blyth Academy London is 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, 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 Foundation 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 on their daily lives. In so doing, the Foundations Program will produce students with a greater sense of self, their peers and the world around them.

Students who successfully complete the Foundations Program will move into their Senior years at Blyth, 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 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 Prep Program (Grade 11-12)

GRADE 11-12: THE UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM

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.

UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM TIMETABLE
*times may be adjusted slightly by campus
9:00 amPeriod 1
11:15 amPeriod 2
1:30 pmLunch
2:00 pmPeriod 3
4:15 pmDay ends

University Preparation Program: Facilities

Facilities available at Blyth Academy Ottawa:

  • Classrooms: 10
  • Smartboards: 2
  • Labs: Science
  • Convenient, central location
  • Plenty of local lunch options
  • Close to transit
  • Unique, personal learning space

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 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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