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Blyth Academy Burlington

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (GRADES 6-8)

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 6–8 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
 
9:00 am Physical Education or Art Curriculum
11:15 am Homeroom/Current Events
11:30 am Language Arts
12:30 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Science
1:45 pm Recess
2:00 pm Math
3:30 pm Day Ends

 

FACILITIES

Our Burlington campus features large, bright classrooms, a dedicated elementary grade area, and convenient pick-up and drop-off areas. Facilities available at Blyth Academy Burlington:

  • Classrooms: 13
  • Smartboards: 4
  • Labs: Science
  • Dedicated elementary grade area
  • Local lunch options
  • Convenient pick up and drop off areas
ACADEMICS

Blyth Academy 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 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
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 below:
Grade 9 | Grade 10
 

PHILOSOPHY

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, 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 extra-curricular 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.

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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