The Blyth Academy Burlington Experience

Blyth Academy Burlington is a flourishing private school conveniently located in the historic Village Square in the heart of downtown Burlington. The campus offers not only Blyth Academy’s outstanding grades 9–12 program but also a middle years program, and facilities for students in grades 5–8.

We offer a comprehensive full-time program, as well as part-time, private, semi-private and summer school classes. Our newest campus, Blyth Academy Online, gives students access to over 100 high school courses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Blyth Academy Burlington programs do not end there.

In addition to the complete Blyth Academy academic program, the Burlington campus offers Advanced Sports Training for athletes in partnership with Conacher Athletics. Blyth Academy Burlington is designed to ensure student-athletes receive both the best academic opportunities and access to an established athletic program offering advanced training in the student’s chosen sport each and every day. Students in our athletic program receive a consultation to help guide them through the NCAA Scholarship process. Current sports training offered include hockey, figure skating, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and fitness, while any sport can be accommodated.

We are a school of 80 students. This allows us to be personally in touch with every individual, yet large enough to offer a broad range of courses. When combined with first-class care and great teaching, wonderful things happen and our students flourish.

Blyth Academy Burlington 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.
 

Burlington 
Grade Level5–12
Students80
Average Class Size7 Students
Foundation Programs Offered?Yes
Classrooms13
Smartboards4
LabsScience
Notable Student ClubsStudent Council, Intramural Sports, Community Outreach, Social Events, Outdoor activities club
Student EventsGraduation and Prom, school trips, fall and winter activity days, travel opportunities, university tour
Advanced Sports TrainingIn partnership with Conacher Athletics, student-athletes receive the best academic opportunities and access to an established athletic program through advanced training in the student’s chosen sport each and every day, in combination with Blyth Academy’s focus on university preparation and academic success. Sports training offered includes hockey, soccer, baseball and figure skating. Click for more information on Burlington’s Advanced Sports Training and Academics.
Alpine Sports ProgramNo
Other FacilitiesDedicated elementary student area, local lunch options, convenient pick up and drop off areas
PartnershipsConacher Athletics, Burlington YMCA
Part-Time Courses Offered?Yes, evening and weekends
Private Courses Offered?Yes
Summer School Offered?Yes
AddressVillage Square, 422 Pearl Street, Units 14-21
Telephone Number905-637-0346
BSID:887422

THE CAMPUS

Only open to foot traffic, Burlington’s historic Village Square was designed as a quaint, communal area where local vendors offer personalized service. The sentiment of the area makes it a perfect location for our campus and home of the Blyth Academy experience. The charm of the area mimics our small classroom sizes, personalized education and one-on-one teaching structure.

Within our campus buildings, classrooms and common areas have recently undergone renovations to create a bright, inviting learning environment. Students have access to our modern science lab and a comfortable student lounge where they can gather, learn, and reflect throughout the day.

THE COMMUNITY

Experiential learning is at the forefront of our academics. We take students outside the classroom to learn through experience and create a deeper connection to the community. Within Burlington and surrounding areas, our students have great opportunities to learn away from their desks.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN THE COMMUNITY

• Spencer Smith Park
• Lake Ontario waterfront
• Burlington Art Gallery
• Burlington Performing Arts Centre
• Central Library
• Central Recreation Centre
• Central Park Community Garden
• Ron Edwards Family YMCA
• Ireland House
• Niagara Escarpment
• Glen Eden
• Hamilton Court House
• Dundurn Castle
• McMaster University

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

DEAR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND PARENTS,

Thank you for your interest in our school. Blyth Academy Burlington has been wonderfully supported by our constituents as well as the community as a whole. In just three years we have grown tremendously and are now an established and unique space where students can prosper academically (and in some cases, athletically).

Blyth Academy Burlington has a strong commitment to offering outstanding education coupled with unique opportunities for interested student-athletes. Our academic program runs from grades 5–12 with small classroom sizes (up to a maximum of 15 students) and focuses on preparing students for post-secondary education and career training. Our teachers care about their students and give them all of the extra assistance and personal attention they need to succeed.

As the Principal, my responsibility is to ensure that your child receives a quality education within a safe, respectful and engaging environment. I am a firm believer in a whole school approach and one of our major focuses here at Blyth Academy Burlington is to ensure ongoing communication between school and home. As such, we are able to better enhance your child’s educational experiences.

We encourage you to schedule a school tour to see the classrooms and meet our teachers. To arrange a visit, or to have any additional questions answered, please call Elaine Armstrong, Academic Administrator, at 905-637-0346.
Once again, thank you for your interest in Blyth Academy Burlington. We’re proud of our abilities to inspire and engage students and sincerely look forward to welcoming you into our community.

Respectfully,
Ian Hughes
Principal, Blyth Academy Burlington

Book an Interview with the Principal: Ian Hughes

PARENT COMMUNICATION

At Blyth Academy Burlington, 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

Blyth Academy Burlington 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, Edsby, allowing you to track your student’s progress, grades, and attendance in real time.

EDSBY

Blyth Academy uses the Edsby 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.

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INFORMAL COMMUNICATION

Every Administrator, Principal, 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.

GUIDANCE

Our campus has a dedicated and compassionate guidance head 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 Burlington 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.

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TEACHING FACULTY

The most inspired teachers create inspired learners. Blyth Academy Burlington 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 Academy, students frequently respond by saying that they feel a sense of personal respect for – and responsibility to – the teacher.

PRINCIPAL:

Ian Hughes

ian.hughes@blytheducation.com

Ian Hughes - Principal of Blyth Academy Burlington

GUIDANCE COUNSELLOR:

Maria Leonardo

maria.leonardo@blytheducation.com

Maria Leonardo - Guidance Councillor at Blyth Academy Burlington

CAMPUS ADMINISTRATOR:

Elaine Armstrong

earmstrong@blytheducation.com

Elaine Armstrong - Blyth Academy Burlington Campus Administrator

CAMPUS SCHEDULES

DAILY SCHEDULE

GRADES 5-7
TimeGrade 5-7 Timetable
8:30am – 8:40amMon, Wed, Fri: Social Studies
Tues and Thurs: French
9:40am – 10:50amMath
10:50am – 11:10amBreak
11:10am – 12:00pmMon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: Science
Wed: Art
12:00pm – 12:15pmBreak
1:35pm – 3:45pmMon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: Language Arts
Wed: Art
1:05pm - 1:35pmLunch
1:35pm - 3:45pmSports/Foundations
GRADE 8
TimeGrade 8 Timetable
8:30am – 8:40amMath
9:40am – 10:50amMon, Wed, Fri: Social Studies
Tues and Thurs: French
10:50am – 11:10amBreak
11:10am – 12:00pmMon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: Science
Wed: Art
12:00pm – 12:15pmBreak
1:35pm – 3:45pmMon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: Language Arts
Wed: Art
1:05pm - 1:35pmLunch
1:35pm - 3:45pmSports/Foundations
GRADES 9-12
TimeGrade 9-12 Timetable
8:30am – 10:45amPeriod 1
9:30am – 9:40amBreak
10:55pm – 1:10pmPeriod 2
11:55pm – 12:05pmBreak
1:10pm – 1:40pmLunch
1:40pm – 3:55pmPeriod 3
2:35pm – 2:45pmPeriod 3 Break
3:55pmDay End

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

2018/19 DatesHolidays
October 5Holiday
October 8Thanksgiving
December 24 - January 4Winter Break
February 18Family Day
March 11 - March 15March Break
April 19Good Friday
April 22Easter Monday
May 20Victoria Day

TERM SCHEDULE

2018/19
GRADE 9–12: TERM SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
Term 1Thursday, September 6th, 2018 - Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
Term 1 - Exam DaysMonday, November 12th, 2018 & Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
PD DayWednesday, November 14th, 2018
Term 2Thursday, November 15th, 2018 - Friday, February 1st, 2019
Term 2 - Exam DaysThursday, January 31st, 2019 & Friday, February 1st, 2019
PD DayMonday, February 4th, 2019
Term 3Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 - Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Term 3 - Exam DaysWednesday, April 17th, 2019 & Thursday, April 18th, 2019
PD DayTuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Term 4Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 - Friday, June 28th, 2019
Term 4 - Exam DaysThursday, June 27th, 2019 - Friday, June 28th, 2019
Term 5Summer School starts on Wednesday, July 3rd or August 6th, 2019

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADES 5-8)

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 5–8 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 TIMETABLE

TimeGrade 5-7 Timetable
8:30am – 8:40amMon, Wed, Fri: Social Studies
Tues and Thurs: French
9:40am – 10:50amMath
10:50am – 11:10amBreak
11:10am – 12:00pmMon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: Science
Wed: Art
12:00pm – 12:15pmBreak
1:35pm – 3:45pmMon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: Language Arts
Wed: Art
1:05pm - 1:35pmLunch
1:35pm - 3:45pmSports/Foundations

TimeGrade 8 Timetable
8:30am – 8:40amMath
9:40am – 10:50amMon, Wed, Fri: Social Studies
Tues and Thurs: French
10:50am – 11:10amBreak
11:10am – 12:00pmMon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: Science
Wed: Art
12:00pm – 12:15pmBreak
1:35pm – 3:45pmMon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: Language Arts
Wed: Art
1:05pm - 1:35pmLunch
1:35pm - 3:45pmSports/Foundations

 

FACILITIES

Our Burlington campus features large, bright classrooms, a dedicated elementary grade area, and convenient pick-up and drop-off areas.

  • Classrooms: 2
  • Dedicated elementary grade area
  • Local lunch options
  • Convenient pick up and drop off areas
ACADEMICS

Blyth Academy Burlington 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 Burlington is fully accredited and 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 5 | Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM (GRADES 9-10)

Your child’s journey at Blyth Academy Burlington continues in our Foundations Program, where our 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 allows 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. Our students also gain the ability to think independently, analytically, and critically.

TimeGrade 9-12 Timetable
8:30am – 10:45amPeriod 1
9:30am – 9:40amBreak
10:55pm – 1:10pmPeriod 2
11:55pm – 12:05pmBreak
1:10pm – 1:40pmLunch
1:40pm – 3:55pmPeriod 3
2:35pm – 2:45pmPeriod 3 Break
3:55pmDay End

FACILITIES

Our Foundations Program students can take advantage of all of our campus facilities.

  • Classrooms: 11
  • Smartboards: 4
  • Labs: Science
  • Dedicated elementary grade area
  • Local lunch options
  • Convenient pick up and drop off areas
FOUNDATION PROGRAM IN THE COMMUNITY

As part of the Foundations Program at Blyth Academy Burlington, 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.

ACADEMICS

The academic year of the Blyth Academy Burlington 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 our students.

Our Foundations students will enrol in 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). This structure allows our students to manage their academic workload much more effectively. Two-hour classes, taken five days a week, provide more time for in-depth review and for individual attention from the teacher to our students on an ongoing basis.

Students will 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 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: Grade 9 | Grade 10

PHILOSOPHY OF THE FOUNDATION PROGRAM

The Foundations Program provides unparalleled opportunities for personal and academic growth within the intermediate division. It 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 subjects like Math, Science, English and Social Sciences at Blyth Academy Burlington will be fully integrated with actual student experience, unlike at many schools where each class is often confined to the classroom and disconnected from the real lives of students.

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.

Blyth Academy Burlington has developed local partnerships with the Art Gallery of Burlington to host art classes, The Ron Edwards YMCA for physical education, and Central Public Library for private study.

Students who successfully complete the Foundations Program will move into their senior years at Blyth Academy Burlington, 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. Hands-on experiential teaching in small classes engages students and produces the best results.
  3. Blyth Academy schools produce well-rounded, university-ready and life ready students by providing a full extracurricular program as well as community-involvement opportunities in their neighbourhoods and around the world.

UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM (GRADES 11-12)

A student’s journey at Blyth Academy Burlington culminates in the University Preparation Program for Grades 11 and 12. Here, preparing for post-secondary education is the primary focus, with an increased focus on developing opinions, interpreting information, and independent learning. Our newly renovated classrooms are designed to encourage participation in small group settings by accommodating regular round-table discussions.

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.

TimeGrade 9-12 Timetable
8:30am – 10:45amPeriod 1
9:30am – 9:40amBreak
10:55pm – 1:10pmPeriod 2
11:55pm – 12:05pmBreak
1:10pm – 1:40pmLunch
1:40pm – 3:55pmPeriod 3
2:35pm – 2:45pmPeriod 3 Break
3:55pmDay End
FACILITIES

In our University Preparation Program students can take advantage of all of our Burlington campus facilities, including our comfortable student lounge, kitchenette facilities, student clubs, and intramural sports teams.

  • Classrooms: 11
  • Smartboards: 4
  • Labs: Science
  • Dedicated elementary grade area
  • Local lunch options
  • Convenient pick up and drop off areas
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.

Our 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, sports training, or other homework.

Students entering Grade 12 at Blyth Academy Burlington 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 Academy Summer School credits during July and August at our Burlington campus 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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