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.