THE BLYTH ACADEMY ETOBICOKE EXPERIENCE
Blyth Academy Etobicoke is our newest campus offering experiential private education for students in Grades 9 – 12 in Toronto’s west end. Conveniently located on Bloor Street West, we are steps away from the TTC and only 15 minutes from downtown Toronto. Easily accessible, we welcome students from Etobicoke, Toronto, and the GTA.
This brand-new campus facility provides students with the opportunity to learn within a bright, modern, and spacious environment specifically designed to allow for personalized learning in small classes. Classrooms are designed to encourage discussions in which every student is heard.
Located in one of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods, there are plenty of opportunities for learning that extend beyond the walls of our classrooms. With experiential learning at the forefront of our approach to education, Blyth Academy Etobicoke students will access many local amenities including High Park, the Old Mill, the Swansea Community Recreation Centre, The ROM, The AGO, Queen’s Park, and Runnymede Public Library.
Our campus offers a comprehensive full-time program, as well as part-time, private, integrated private, and summer school classes. In conjunction with our in-school programs, Blyth Academy Online gives students access to over 100 high school courses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Blyth Academy is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education and adheres to all provincial standards, including the provision of an Ontario Provincial Report Card and official transcripts to post-secondary institutions, following the Ontario curriculum.
The core principle at Blyth Academy Etobicoke is to provide care and empathy to all of our students. Designed as a boutique school, our limited enrolment enables teachers and staff to provide personalized teaching and individual care both in and out of the classroom. Our principal, guidance counsellor, and teachers adopt an open-door policy to encourage students to take ownership of their education and find comfort in speaking about academic, personal, and vocational goals. As part of this policy, we offer a student support room during each period where students can meet with the teacher on duty to ask questions or receive extra help with homework assignments. Our approach is designed to fully engage the students in the academic process with a genuine learning experience founded upon curiosity, creativity, and innovative thinking.
Blyth Academy’s primary focus is on enhancing academic achievement to prepare all students for university and beyond. As a testament to Blyth Academy’s unique teaching methods and strategies, 98% of our students go on to post-secondary education. 40% of students received either partial or full scholarships.
COMMITMENT TO CUSTOMIZED, RESEARCH-BASED TEACHING METHODS
At Blyth Academy, we employ the most up-to-date, research-based teaching methodology, such as block teaching, “teacher as coach,” and authentic forms of assessment. This paradigm shift has proven successful at Blyth Academy — more than 95% of our students are accepted into their first choice of university and are better prepared to succeed in the first year.
The academic year at Blyth Academy Etobicoke is divided into four terms of ten and a half weeks each. This restructuring of the traditional academic school year has dramatic benefits for our students. Students will enrol in only two courses per term, as opposed to a more traditional semester or full-year setting of four to eight courses at a time. This structure allows our students to balance their academic workload and pursue interests outside of school much more effectively. Two-hour class blocks, taken five days a week, provide time for in-depth study, experiential learning, and individual attention from teachers on an ongoing basis. Traditional subjects like Math, Science, English, and Social Sciences are connected with student interests in order to provide educational experiences which are connected to the daily lives and realities of our students.
THE STUDENT EXPERIENCE
We are often asked if Blyth Academy is a “real school”. The answer, of course, is yes! Blyth Academy not only provides a world-class education but also a rich and well-rounded student experience. Blyth Academy’s focus on experiential learning is one of the key pillars of our students’ success because it encourages them to be more engaged in the learning process. We strive to make courses meaningful for students by connecting learning to their every-day lives.
All students are given the opportunity to participate in various sports activities and teams, take leadership roles in the school such as student council, and form and run extra-curricular clubs such as our Model United Nations, the Ski & Snowboard club, Drama club, Yearbook committee, DECA, and so much more.
Every year, Blyth Academy offers overnight trips, a full community service program, Terry Fox day, activity days, and university tours. At the conclusion of Grade 12, Blyth Academy is pleased to host a campus graduation ceremony and a Blyth Academy cross-campus prom to celebrate our students’ achievements.
FOR EACH STUDENT, A GREAT SCHOOL
Based on our four-term model, students are able to join Blyth Academy’s full-time program at four standard entry points during the school year however, transitions are simple to arrange any time when a switch is needed. Blyth Academy manages all of the paperwork for families who join our school, making the process easier to navigate.
To complement our full-time school, we offer students the opportunity to take part-time courses in the evenings or on weekends, as well as enrol in private or integrated private courses. Students may also wish to take part in our popular summer school programs in order to work ahead prior to the next school year.
SMALL CLASSES, BIG REWARD
With class sizes averaging seven students, we are able to provide highly personalized educational programming. Every one of our students has a seat at the front of the class; each is involved and each receives the full attention of the teacher. This encourages whole class engagement and fosters a more participatory atmosphere where every student gets individual attention and teacher feedback on their progress.
ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL
Here at Blyth Academy, we tailor the curriculum to the individual student, not the other way around. By taking into account each student’s learning style, interests, and outside of school commitments, we are able to customize a plan unique to the individual.
Through Blyth Academy’s ability to customize learning and schedules to the individual, we are a popular educational solution for students in high-performance programs outside of school.
Facilities available at Blyth Academy Etobicoke include:
• Classrooms: 11
• Labs: Computer, Science and Photography
• Learning Commons: 2
• Outdoor meeting/learning space
• Plenty of local lunch spots
• Easy access to public transit
LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
DEAR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND PARENTS,
Welcome to Blyth Academy Etobicoke, our newest Ontario campus opening in September 2018! We’re very excited to be joining the community and we invite you to stop by and get to know us as you’re walking by or have your child join us for a “Day in the Life” at Blyth Academy and try out a class or two.
With an average class size of seven, we offer an educational experience where our teaching faculty and our administrative team members know each child. Students will learn and grow alongside passionate, charismatic teachers. We offer dynamic programming with a focus on experiential learning. We encourage our students to be critical and creative thinkers, as well as active participants in their own education.
Our school is located on Bloor West at South Kingsway and is a fresh, light-filled space where our students are actively engaged in the school community both inside and outside of class. We have access to a multitude of unique resources and opportunities within our neighbourhood for both academic and extra-curricular pursuits.
It would be my pleasure to meet and share more with you about the Blyth Academy Etobicoke experience.
Principal, Blyth Academy Etobicoke
Book an Interview with the Principal: Laurie Foley
ABOUT THE PRINCIPAL
Laurie was appointed as Principal of Blyth Academy Etobicoke after five years of leadership as Principal of Blyth’s Thornhill campus. Prior to joining the team at Blyth, Laurie taught at both the elementary and secondary levels, worked in curriculum and policy development for high schools, and worked as a counsellor. Laurie has a B.A. from Glendon College and a B. Ed. from Nipissing University. An avid proponent of healthy active living and outdoor education, Laurie leads the school by example with enthusiasm and empathy, fostering strong academic programming and an engaged and happy school community.
At Blyth Academy Etobicoke, we pride ourselves on maintaining open lines of communication between teaching faculty, administrative staff, and our parents. We believe that these stakeholders must work together as the “educational support team” for each student.
Teachers will email parents weekly throughout the course with feedback and updates on class activities. Several times throughout each term, teachers will make phone calls to parents so that they may discuss student progress. Parent-teacher conferences are held at the midpoint of each term, although we welcome our parents to connect with our team members as desired throughout the year.
Monthly newsletters, weekly social media updates, and emails from the administrative team help to keep our parents informed of and connected to what is happening at the campus.
Blyth Academy Etobicoke is community-oriented. Getting to know our students and their families is a top priority.
Our campus has a dedicated and compassionate guidance counsellor who provides support for students to achieve both personal growth and academic success. Course selection advice, emotional support, access to workshops and skill improvement resources, and direction in best practices for student wellness are all supported by the guidance counsellor. For our senior students and parents, the guidance counsellor supports university preparation, selection, 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 their high school experience.
The most inspired teachers create inspired learners. Blyth Academy teachers are, of course, chosen for their excellent teaching skills and their depth of knowledge. Beyond that, and of critical importance to us, is our teachers’ ability to build a positive rapport with students; empathy, compassion, and care are essential characteristics of our faculty members.
Our faculty is the key to the success of our program and our students. We regularly evaluate our teaching staff in order to ensure the best classroom experiences for our students. They teach using the current Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum and assessment policies and also have the skills to provide support for students who require learning accommodations. All Blyth Academy Etobicoke teachers bring passion, creativity, and dedication to the classroom every day.
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 provide help outside of class.
|8:40 am - 10:55 am||Period 1|
|11:00 am - 1:15 pm||Period 2|
|1:15 pm - 1:45 pm||Lunch|
|1:45 pm - 3:30 pm||Period 3|
|8:40 am - 10:55 am||Period 1|
|11:00 am - 1:15 pm||Period 2|
|1:15 pm - 1:45 pm||Lunch|
|1:45 pm - 4:00 pm||Period 3|
|December 24 - January 4||Winter Break|
|February 18||Family Day|
|March 11 - March 15||March Break|
|April 19||Good Friday|
|April 22||Easter Monday|
|May 20||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|