Frequently Asked Questions
What are the tuition fees?
When does my course start?
How long does it take to complete a course?
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?
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?
You need to arrange your final exam 10 days in advance, and you need to have finished and submitted all coursework before you take the exam.
Please be advised that once the exam is written, any outstanding coursework will be given a grade of zero. Please ensure that you have submitted all coursework before writing the final exam.
You have three options for taking the exam;
Option 1: Take it at a Blyth Academy Campus
If you live close to a Blyth Academy Campus, or if you attend a Blyth Academy Campus, you can take your exam there.
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 within 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.
Option 2: Arrange Your Own Proctor
If you want to arrange a proctor yourself, you can do that. The proctor will need to be approved by us and will need to supervise the exam at his or her place of work, or at a public place such as a library. Some libraries offer this service themselves. Exams cannot be written in anyone’s home (including home businesses) nor can it be written in a tutoring/learning centre.
The proctor must be approved by us and must be a working professional (eg teacher, doctor, businessperson, and must provide a work email address for correspondence (no Gmail, Hotmail, etc.). The final exam cannot be proctored by a family member or by a tutor for that specific subject.
*Please note that students cannot arrange their own proctor for Math and Science courses in grades 11 and 12.
Once inside the exam scheduling interface, please click Login/Create Account. Select Arranging My Own Proctor and proceed to schedule your exam.
Option 3: Use Examity Proctoring Service
For a fee of 22 USD*, students can arrange to take their exam in the comfort of their own home, at any time, on any day. Please select Examity Exam in the exam section of your course to set up your Examity profile and schedule your exam. Exams must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that Examity does not support Chrome OS, therefore students will not be able to write exams via Examity if they are using a Chromebook.
*Price is subject to change
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need assistance.
What happens if I need my final report card in less than two weeks?
I have an IEP. How does Blyth Academy Online accommodate for this?
Does my home school have to accept the credit I earned at Blyth Academy Online?
What is the withdrawal policy?
If students in Grade 11 or 12 courses withdraw within 5 login hours* following midterm point of the course, the withdrawal is not recorded on the OST. If a student withdraws after 5 login hours following the midterm point of the course, 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”.
Although this is unlikely to occur, a withdrawal for Grade 9 or 10 courses is not recorded on the OST.
*Time spent in the course will be calculated from the time the midterm requirements in the course have been met.
How do I register for a course?
How long do I have to complete my course?
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:
Select ‘Academy’ then ‘Blyth Academy Online’ then ‘Course Extension Fee’. Please be sure to indicate your course code.
The cost of the extension is $250 for 6 months or $99 for 1 month.
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.
To pay the course transfer fee, please follow this link:
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.
What is Blyth Academy Online Plus?
Do I get a textbook?
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.
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. All documents will be mailed by standard mail via Canada Post. Students must anticipate that the mailing time may take up to 1-2 weeks.
How does my completed course get on my transcript?
Do universities/colleges value online courses differently than in-class courses?
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. You must also complete up to the mid-point
Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to ensure their OUAC and/or OCAS number has been sent to the Blyth Academy administration.
Please see OUAC and Graduation Process page for important deadlines.
How do I know if I am eligible for a midterm grade in my 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.
What are the hardware and software requirements?
Students should have the following minimum requirements to access on Blyth Academy Online programs:
- A PC running Windows XP or higher or
- A Mac running OS X or
- A Chromebook running Chrome OS
- 2GB of RAM
High speedinternet connection
- A sound card with speakers or headphones
- A functional webcam and microphone
- Adobe Reader
- Adobe Shockwave
- Adobe Flash Player
- A typical Office Suite including a word processor application, equation editor and spreadsheets
- 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.