Frequently Asked Questions

What are the tuition fees?

Grade 9 courses cost $495 each, and grade 10-12 courses cost $595 each. Be sure to check the Special Offers section of our website for current promotions.

When does my course start?

Once you register online, we will have you set up in your course the same day, or the next morning, 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. Students can complete their courses from 6 weeks onward; 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 Skype with your teacher if you need more assistance. Office hours are scheduled on a first come, first serve 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.

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.

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 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.

Use this link to schedule your exam.

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.

*Price is subject to change

Please email exams@blythacademyonline.com if you need assistance.

What happens if I need my final report card in less than two weeks?

You can arrange to have a courier pick up your report card from our office at your own expense if you need a hard copy 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.

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.

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 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?

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://blytheducation.merchantsecure.com/OnlineBillPayment

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:

https://blytheducation.merchantsecure.com/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. 

What is Blyth Academy Online Plus?

Blyth Academy Online Plus students receive 20 hours of online tutoring throughout their course in addition to what is already offered. Students and teachers will discuss a schedule that works best for them, and the time can be used in 15 minute increments.

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 are not supervised, however, students are expected to write answers in their own words when referring to course notes/material with full citations. The Blyth Academy Online Academic Integrity Policy will apply to quizzes, tests, and exams in the same way it applies to assignments. Students must write quizzes and tests alone without the assistance of friends, parents, tutors, or any other person. This is considered academic dishonesty and a grade of zero will be applied to the entire test. If subsequent infractions occur, 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 in approximately four days (this can vary depending on how much work has been submitted by the student toward the end of the course). Blyth Academy Online will then mail out the report card to the student’s home via standard mail. This entire process can take two weeks.

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 them.

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.

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 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 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?

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.

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
  • 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.

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