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, integrate private, 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.
|Average Class Size||8 Students|
|Foundation Programs Offered?||Yes|
|Notable Student Clubs||Student Council, Intramural Sports, Community Outreach, Social Events, Outdoor activities club|
|Student Events||Graduation and Prom, school trips, fall and winter activity days, travel opportunities, university tour|
|Advanced Sports Training||In 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 Program||No|
|Other Facilities||Dedicated elementary student area, local lunch options, convenient pick up and drop off areas|
|Partnerships||Conacher Athletics, Burlington YMCA|
|Part-Time Courses Offered?||Yes, evening and weekends|
|Private Courses Offered?||Yes|
|Summer School Offered?||Yes|
|Address||Village Square, 422 Pearl Street, Units 14-21|
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.
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.
Principal, Blyth Academy Burlington
Book an Interview with the Principal: Ian Hughes
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.
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.
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.
Click to access Edsby
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Time||Grade 5-6 Timetable|
|8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.||Journal and Bell Work|
|9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.||French|
|9:50 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.||Break|
|9:55 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.||Language|
|10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.||Lunch|
|11:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Math|
|12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Monday/Wednesday/Friday: Science/Social Studies
|1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.||Agenda and Calendar Updates|
|1:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.||Lunch/Pickup for Sports|
|1:40 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.||Foundations/Sports|
|8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.||News Discussion/Current & upcoming events||News Discussion/Current & upcoming events||News Discussion/Current & upcoming events||News Discussion/Current & upcoming events||News Discussion/Current & upcoming events|
|9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.||Math||Language||Math||Language||Math|
|9:50 a.m. – 9:55 a.m.||Break||Break||Break||Break||Break|
|9:55 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.||French||French||French||French||French|
|10:45 a.m. – 11:05 a.m.||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch||Lunch|
|11:05 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.||Science||History/Geography||Language||Math||Science/Art|
|12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.||Arts||Math||Science||History/Geography||Language|
|1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.||Agenda/Calendar updates||Agenda/Calendar updates||Agenda/Calendar updates||Agenda/Calendar updates||Agenda/Calendar updates|
|1:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.||Lunch/Pick up for sports||Lunch/Pick up for sports||Lunch/Pick up for sports||Lunch/Pick up for sports||Lunch/Pick up for sports|
|1:40 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.||Foundations/Sports||Foundations/Sports||Foundations/Sports||Foundations/Sports||Foundations/Sports|
|Time||Grade 9-12 Timetable|
|8:30am – 10:45am||Period 1|
|9:30am – 9:40am||Break|
|10:55pm – 1:10pm||Period 2|
|11:55pm – 12:05pm||Break|
|1:10pm – 1:40pm||Lunch|
|1:40pm – 3:55pm||Period 3|
|2:35pm – 2:45pm||Period 3 Break|
|December 23 - January 3||Winter Break|
|February 17||Family Day|
|March 16 - March 20||March Break|
|April 10||Good Friday|
|April 13||Easter Monday|
|May 18||Victoria Day|
GRADE 9–12: TERM SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
|Term 1||Thursday, September 6th, 2018 - Tuesday, November 13th, 2018|
|Term 1 - Exam Days||Monday, November 12th, 2018 & Tuesday, November 13th, 2018|
|PD Day||Wednesday, November 14th, 2018|
|Term 2||Thursday, November 15th, 2018 - Friday, February 1st, 2019|
|Term 2 - Exam Days||Thursday, January 31st, 2019 & Friday, February 1st, 2019|
|PD Day||Monday, February 4th, 2019|
|Term 3||Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 - Thursday, April 18th, 2019|
|Term 3 - Exam Days||Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 & Thursday, April 18th, 2019|
|PD Day||Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019|
|Term 4||Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 - Friday, June 28th, 2019|
|Term 4 - Exam Days||Thursday, June 27th, 2019 - Friday, June 28th, 2019|
|Term 5||Summer School starts on Wednesday, July 3rd or August 6th, 2019|
GRADE 9–12: TERM SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
|Term 1||Thursday, September 5th, 2019 - Tuesday, November 12th, 2019|
|Term 1 - Exam Days||Monday, November 11th, 2019 & Tuesday, November 12th, 2019|
|PD Day||Wednesday, November 13th, 2019|
|Term 2||Thursday, November 14th, 2019 – Friday, January 31st, 2020|
|Term 2 - Exam Days||Thursday, January 30th, 2020 & Friday, January 31st, 2020|
|PD Day||Monday, February 3rd, 2020|
|Term 3||Tuesday, February 4th 2020 – Monday, April 20th, 2020|
|Term 3 - Exam Days||Friday, April 17th, 2020 & Monday, April 20th, 2020|
|PD Day||Tuesday, April 21st, 2020|
|Term 4||Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 – Friday, June 26th, 2020|
|Term 4 - Exam Days||Thursday, June 25th, 2020 & Friday, June 26th, 2020|
|Term 5||Summer School starts on Monday July 6th|