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.

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. Once the exam is written, any outstanding coursework will be given a grade of zero. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have submitted all coursework before writing the final exam. There is a $30 exam proctoring fee for both exam options:

Option 1: Use Integrity Advocate Proctoring Service 

Once all required work has been submitted, the final exam will become visible to students (within the Quizzes section of the course) and they will be able to launch it. There is only one attempt permitted for the final exam, so students should not open it until they are ready to sit the entire exam. The exam is not password protected and thus the student does not need to schedule it in advance; students simply open up the exam and complete it when they are ready.  

Integrity Advocate will perform a brief, 5-minute authentication session with the student to verify their identity; students will need to provide government-issued photo identification at this stage. Once the authentication process has completed, students will be able to start their exam. Students will have the opportunity to test out the authentication process in a practice quiz within their course prior to the final exam to ensure they are comfortable with the process. If the identity verification procedure is invalid, the exam will not be released to the student until reviewed by the Blyth Academy Online team. No additional software or program is required for the use of Integrity Advocate.  

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. 

Students must arrange to sit for the final exam at least 5 days in advance. 

Use this link to schedule your exam.  

Once inside the exam scheduling interface, please click Login/Create Account. Check for an available time and date at the campus of your choosing. The earliest available date will be open in the next 3-5 business days. You cannot book an exam in more than one campus or multiple times at the same campus. You will receive an automatic confirmation email with next steps and exam information. You can cancel and reschedule anytime using the same link. 

Students are required to provide their own laptop for exams written at the campuses. 

Students should email exams@blythacademyonline.com with any questions surrounding the exam process.

Exam Fees  

Both exam options cost $30. If the course does not contain a final exam, no fee will be collected. 

Integrity Advocate will officially launch in all BAO courses that contain final exams on September 17th, 2020. Beginning on this date, the $30 exam fee will be charged to all students upon their initial registration. For students that registered prior to September 17th but have not written their final exam yet, the exam fee will need to be paid at least 2 business days prior to when the student would like to write their exam (the BAO office will need time to process the payment and open up the exam for the student). We strongly encourage students to pay the exam fee well in advance of their exam to avoid any delays. The exam fee can be paid by clicking the Useful Links option in the navigation bar within Brightspace and then selecting Exam Fee. Details can also be found here.  

Refunds  

If a student drops a course prior to writing their final exam, BAO will refund the $30 exam fee. Students must submit the Drop Request Form found within Brightspace to formally drop their course. If a student’s course expires and BAO is not notified of a drop request via the Drop Request Form prior to expiration, the exam fee will not be refunded. It is extremely important that students be aware of the expiration dates (one year from the day they registered) and keep the BAO office informed of any intent to drop or extend their course. 

 

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 as many accommodations as possible that are indicated in the IEP. We can add extra time to student quizzes, tests, and exam, provide alternate submission options, and work with the teacher to make sure other accommodations are met.

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

 

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).

 If students in Grade 11 or 12 courses withdraw within 5 instructional days* following the issuing of the midterm report card, the withdrawal is not recorded on the OST. If a student withdraws after 5 instructional days following the issuing of the midterm report card, the withdrawal is recorded on the OST by entering a “W” in the “Credit” column. The percentage grade at the time of the withdrawal is recorded in the “Grade” column.

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). The parent that is listed as Parent 1 on the student’s registration form will automatically have an account created for them. Within 48-72 hours of the student registering, the parent account login details will be sent to the email address on file for Parent 1. If parents have not received this email but would like Brightspace for Parents access, they should reach out to techsuport@blythacademyonline.com

Details on how to use Brightspace for Parents can be found here: https://youtu.be/ZQrQP67Lny8

Brightspace for Parents accounts will only be created for the parent of a student that is under the age of 18. Once a student turns 18, the parent account will be disabled. Students can authorize access to their parent by completing the Release of Information Form found under the Forms and Downloads section of their course. 

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

How long do I have to complete my course?

 

You have one year from the date of registration to complete your course. If you are unsure of this date, please look for the welcome email you would have received within 24 hours of your registration.

If you require an extension beyond one year, you will need to purchase one. To purchase the extension for your course, please follow this link:

https://secureapp.blytheducation.com/Application/OnlineBillPayment

Select ‘Academy’ then ‘Blyth Academy Online’ then the appropriate extension option. Please be sure to indicate your course code.

For courses in Moodle, the cost of the extension is $250 for 6 months or $99 for 1 month.

For courses in Brightspace, the cost of the extension is $175 for one year.

Students can only extend a course by 1 year, making the maximum duration of the course 2 years. After 2 years, the course will permanently expire. Students have 30 days from the date of expiry to extend their course. Beyond the 30 days, the course is officially closed.

 

If you would like to change courses, you will be required to pay a transfer fee of $150 if you request the change after 30 days of enrolment or if you have completed any items in your course.

Students are not able to transfer courses
after 90 days from their registration date; at this point, students only have the option to continue
the course or drop it.

To pay the course transfer fee, please follow this link:

https://secureapp.blytheducation.com/Application/OnlineBillPayment

Select ‘Academy’ then ‘Blyth Academy Online’ then ‘Transfer Fee’

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?

Students must write quizzes, tests, and exams alone without the assistance of friends, parents, tutors, or any other person. Students are not to access any outside material, including coursework and/or notes with the exception of formula sheets in certain assessments where it has been indicated as permitted by the teacher and in the assessment details. Students with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or similar documents may be permitted to utilize outside material upon approval from the Blyth Academy Online office.

Students that copy information from their course, their notes, or any other source and present them as their own answers will be given a grade of zero on the entire assessment. Answers that are very similar to those given in the course content will be investigated to determine whether they could be committed to memory or not within reason.

Any violation of the aforementioned is considered a serious academic offence and a grade of zero will be applied to the entire assessment and students may be removed from the course without credit.

Students will be required to answer questions on quizzes, tests, and exams via the video note feature built into the system. For all video submissions, students must make their face visible in order for teachers to adequately identify them. If students refuse to show their face in the video, this will be considered academic dishonesty and the student will be penalized or may be removed from the course without credit.

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 (i.e. after unit 3 in a 6 unit course), however, you should consult with your teacher to find the exact mid-point since it varies from course to course.

Your teacher cannot submit a midterm grade to the Blyth Academy administration until you have reached this mid-point. Blyth Academy is not able to send current grades to colleges or universities, so please ensure you meet the mid-point requirements in advance of any deadlines or due dates that may apply.

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 put the completed course on your transcript for you. Please note we cannot produce transcripts for students unless they are full-time Blyth Academy Online students; only home schools can produce transcripts.

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 to the Blyth Academy Online office 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 by our Records Team 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 grade to OUAC and/or OCAS once you provide us with your OUAC/OCAS number via the Post-Secondary Transmission Form found in your course. You must also complete up to the mid-point in your course for a midterm grade and must have completed the entire course (including the final exam) for a final grade.

Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to ensure their OUAC and/or OCAS number has been sent to the Blyth Academy Online administration team.

Please see OUAC and Graduation Process page for important deadlines.

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.
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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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