Blyth Academy Online FAQs

What are the tuition fees?

For domestic students, grade 9 courses cost $495 each, and grade 10-12 courses cost $595 each. For international students, all courses cost $795. Be sure to check the fees section of our website for more information. Financing is available through PayBright.

When does my course start?

Once you register online, we will have you set up in your course within 24-72 business hours, depending on the time of day you register. You will receive a welcome email containing all the information you need to get started.

How long does it take to complete a course?

This varies greatly depending on your availability, comfort level in the subject, and many other factors, but the average time to complete one course is 12 weeks; the maximum time to complete is 365 days. Please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss your availability and a feasible timeline for course completion.

Is there any additional support beyond messaging my teacher?

Yes; your teacher will hold office hours once a week. During this time, you can arrange to video conference with your teacher if you need more assistance. Office hours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.

What is the best way to communicate with my teacher?

All student-teacher communication occurs via the internal email system within the learning management system (Brightspace). Students can also meet their teachers via video the internal video conferencing tool. Students should email their teacher in Brightspace to book an appointment.

How are the lessons delivered?

Lessons are delivered in a wide variety of formats in order to cater to different learning styles. Some examples of delivery are written notes, videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, etc., videos created by the teacher, PowerPoint presentations accompanied by teacher voiceover, interactive labs and models, external websites, online articles, discussion forums, along with other interactive tools like Gizmos, Poodll, Prezi, Live Binders, and more.

How are the assessments performed?

Assessments are done through a variety of formats; there are quizzes, tests, discussions, and assignments that our teachers use for assessment. Students will be required to appear on video for some assessments in their course.

How do I write the final exam?

Students must have finished and submitted all coursework before taking the final exam. Students have 2 options to complete final exams, each has a $30 exam proctoring fee:

 Option 1: Use Integrity Advocate Proctoring Service

These exams do not need to be scheduled in advance; students simply open up the exam and complete it when they are ready.  Further information regarding Integrity Advocate can be found at https://integrityadvocate.com/

Option 2: Take it at a Blyth Academy Campus

NOTE: this option is currently unavailable due to COVID-19. Updates will be provided once campuses have the capacity to welcome additional students while maintaining proper social distancing protocol.

The exam fee should be paid at least two business days prior to writing the exam. Details on how to pay the fee can be found here.

What happens if I need a hard copy of my final report card right away?

You can arrange to have a courier pick up a hard copy of your report card from our office at your own expense if you need one sent immediately. We can also provide you with an electronic copy via email if you desire. Please get in touch with us at documents@blythacademyonline.com to arrange either of these options.

I have an IEP. How does Blyth Academy Online accommodate for this?

We will implement accommodations where possible as indicated in a student’s IEP. Extra time, assistive technology and teacher approved memory aids are typical accommodations.

Students are encouraged to contact our office to discuss the accommodations that they need prior to enrolment to ensure that online learning is right for them. Not all accommodations outlined in an IEP are possible in the online learning environment.

Many courses have mandatory video assessments. These video assessments are integral to the credibility of our assessment practices and cannot be waived.

Does my home school have to accept the credit I earned at Blyth Academy Online?

Yes; your home school is required to add any credits you have earned through Blyth Academy Online to your transcript.

*Students attending schools outside of Ontario should contact techsupport@blythacademyonline.com to confirm if and how credits will be transferred.

What is the withdrawal policy?

In Grades 11 and 12, all attempts, withdrawals, and repeats of courses are recorded on the Ontario Student Transcript (OST). For these students, withdrawals will be recorded on the OST if they occur after 5 instructional days* following the issuing of the midterm report card. Withdrawal from Grade 9 or 10 courses is not recorded on the OST.

*An instructional day is considered any day, Monday-Friday, while the student is enrolled in the course regardless of whether they log in or not. This includes the summer as well.

Is there a parent portal?

One parent for each student will be offered a Brightspace for Parents account that will give them insight into their child’s progress in their online course(s). Once a student turns 18, a student must authorize access to their parent.

Is there any tutoring support available?

Yes! You can now add tutoring support for any Math or Science course, or writing support for any eligible course with a significant writing component. You can add the feature at checkout or after you’ve already registered for $149 per course. Click here for more information.

How do I register for a course?

The registration process can be completed online by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button on the main page. The online registration form can also be access here: Online Application

What documentation do I need to send in prior to starting my course?

Proof of prerequisite must be sent to documents@blythacademyonline.com in the form of a final report card, transcript, or credit counselling summary. Students are also required to submit a valid piece of government-issued photo identification or student identification upon enrolment.

How long do I have to complete my course?

You have one year from the date of registration to complete your course. Extensions beyond a year must be purchased for $175. Course changes are allowed for the first 90 days of a course. There is a transfer fee of $150 if the change is requested 30 days after registration.

Are there due dates in my course?

Since your course is asynchronous, there are no due dates; you work through the course at your own pace.

Please note that you should take into account any due dates or deadlines for university/college applications and graduation from your home school. 

Do I get a textbook?

If there is a required textbook for your course, you will be provided with an eBook at no additional charge.

Are the tests proctored/supervised?

Tests and quizzes that are written by students throughout the course are not proctored. However, we expect students to adhere to standard protocols of academic integrity. Plagiarism, outside assistance or other violations will result in academic consequences.

How do I know if I am eligible for a midterm grade in my course?

The mid-point of your course is outlined in the Welcome to your Course lesson contained in the introductory unit of your course. Generally, the mid-point is halfway through the course at which point teachers will submit a midterm grade.

It is important to ensure that you meet the mid-point requirements in advance of any deadlines or due dates that may apply for university or college applications.

How does my completed course get on my transcript?

We will send an official hard copy of your report card to your home school once it has been completed; they will record the completed course on your transcript.

What is the difference between a report card and a transcript?

A transcript is a document outlining a student’s permanent academic record, illustrating all courses taken in high school along with the grades received and any certificate conferred. A report card is a document outlining the course completed, the grade, the learning skills, and the comment from the teacher. In general, transcripts are only needed when applying to post-secondary institutions.

Do universities/colleges value online courses differently than in-class courses?

No; all credits earned through Blyth Academy Online are taken at the same value as a credit earned in any other school in Ontario. You should, however, always consult with the university/college’s website to check their policies on e-learning courses, repeated courses, and courses taken outside of the home school, as these change frequently.

When will I receive my final grade?

Your teacher will grade your exam and submit your final grade approximately four days after the exam is written (this can vary depending on how much work has been submitted by the student toward the end of the course). The report card will then be generated and processed within 2 business days. Report cards will be mailed by standard mail via Canada Post to the student’s home school. Students should anticipate the mailing time may take up to 1-2 weeks. Students will receive digital copies of their report cards by email (not by physical mail).

How does my grade get to OUAC or OCAS?

We will send your midterm and final grades to OUAC and/or OCAS once you provide us with your OUAC/OCAS number via the Post-Secondary Transmission Form found in your course.

What are the hardware and software requirements?

Students should have the following minimum requirements to access on Blyth Academy Online programs:

Hardware

  • A PC running Windows XP or higher or
  • A Mac running OS X or
  • A Chromebook running Chrome OS
  • 2GB of RAM
  • High speed internet connection
  • A sound card with speakers or headphones
  • A functional webcam and microphone

Software

  • Adobe Reader
  • Adobe Shockwave
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Java
  • A typical Office Suite including a word processor application, equation editor and spreadsheets
    Browser
  • Mozilla Firefox4 or higher or
  • Internet Explorer 7 or higher or
  • Safari 5 or higher or
  • Google Chrome 11 or higher

In some cases, a scanner or phone/camera may be used to submit handwritten assignments.

What is the refund policy?

Blyth Academy Online does not offer refunds. Students may transfer to a different course within 90 days but a fee may apply. Please consult the Refunds, Credits, and Transfers section of the BAO Student Handbook for further details. 

Please download the BAO Student Handbook for more details on our policies and procedures.
EXPLORE MORE ABOUT BLYTH ACADEMY ONLINE

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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