Downsview Park Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What makes your campus unique?

A. We offer a specialized Integrated Sports Programs (Hockey, Soccer, Baseball, Tennis, Sports Plus). Students in these programs do one hour of sport-specific training each morning and one hour of dryland training each afternoon.

In our Hockey Development Program, students who are not currently playing at an elite level in Hockey but have strong work ethics and a passion for Hockey can work in a small group setting to hone their skills and make it to the next level.

In our High-Performance Hockey Program, students attend our morning on-ice sessions from 8:30-9:30 AM only and attend school elsewhere.

Our facilities include four hockey rinks, four indoor soccer fields, two outdoor soccer fields, floor hockey, three multi-purpose courts, six basketball courts, rock climbing, laser tag, go-karting, beach volleyball, tennis courts, batting cage, football field, and track.

We host Inter-House Games throughout the year where students are broken up into four houses and compete against one another in a variety of sports and activities every Friday afternoon.

Q. How would you describe your student body?

A. Active, diverse, athletic, competitive.

Q. What are your most popular courses?

A. Business, Math, Science, English.

Q. What school clubs are available for students to join?

A. A selection of our school clubs include: Inter House Sports Games every Friday afternoon, Student Council, Yearbook Committee, Music Club, Chess Club, Girls Wellness Club, Yoga Club.

Q. What is experiential learning?

A. While learning in a classroom setting is important, so is learning within the community. Biology class by the lake, art class at an art gallery, political studies at city hall are learning opportunities you can’t have sitting at a desk. Success rates show that learning through experience encourages curiosity, develops high levels of participation, and creates a deeper connection to course material. We firmly believe that experiential learning beyond the classroom walls creates an enhanced connection to the community as well as the people and places within it.

Q. Why should I send my child here? Advantages?

A. Our school provides a unique academic and athletic experience that helps develop the overall student-athlete through sports training, small class sizes, and an emphasis on experiential education. Our Hockey program is run by AAA, Jr. A, and OHL coaches, and our soccer program is run by Toronto Football Club (TFC). Our small class sizes and four-term approach helps our students excel academically and get the individualized education that they deserve. The majority of our staff have sports backgrounds and can really relate to our students as a result. With over 160 hours of sport-specific training and over 200 hours of dryland training, our students are put at an immediate advantage to students outside of our school. With many OHL, NHL and TFC alumni, Blyth Downsview Park is truly where athletes come to learn!

Q. Most notable alumni?

A. Owen Tippett (NHL – Florida Panthers), Julian Dunn (TFC)

Q. What is Edsby?

A. Parents/guardians play a vital role in their child’s education. We hold ourselves to the highest standard (quality and frequency) of communication between home and school. Edsby is a cloud-based tool that gives parents/guardians real-time access to their children’s attendance, schedules, activities, and academic progress. It is also a way to stay connected to teachers for the latest school news and information.


Get in touch with our campus to answer any further questions you may have.

Though our physical doors remain temporarily closed, the minds of our students stay open. Summer classes are continuing to meet on their regular daily schedules, in virtual classrooms with face-to-face instruction and peer interaction.  The Blyth Academy model of small class sizes, flexible scheduling and individualized approach have enabled us to remain faithful to our standards. Our commitment to ongoing and meaningful communication between school, teachers, students and families has been critical to this effort.

Although our students have transitioned into summer mode and COVID-19 restrictions have begun to loosen, we are looking ahead to what September will hold for our campuses and families.
We want to be clear - our preference and our priority is to get students back to our campuses, but we must ensure this is done in a safe and effective way. While we await official guidance from Public Health and the Ministry of Education, a "return to school" task force has been hard at work putting concrete operational plans in place for all likely scenarios. This includes a full return to campus with safeguards, a blended model of virtual and in-campus learning and the continuation of fully virtual classrooms. All scenarios will provide robust learning and live, daily instruction and interaction with teachers and peers. 
With ten campuses across Ontario, we realize that each one of our schools is a unique space and community. We will be implementing across-the-board policies on hand washing, facility cleaning and social distancing measures. Each school is also prepared to pivot individually based on the guidance of local health authorities and to best serve students and families. 
Our recent survey showed that over 80 per cent of Blyth Academy families are eager to return to campuses, and we are hard at work to prepare for this day. As September's scenario becomes clearer and more information becomes available, we will continue to communicate. 

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