Etobicoke Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What makes your campus unique?

A. As a new school, Blyth Etobicoke continues to shape our identity, however, it is something that our faculty and Student Council worked hard to outline in our first year – who we are and what defines our community. From those discussions our Core Values were established:

We are a community in which:

  • Everyone is known and accepted.
  • Diversity is celebrated.
  • Passion, creativity, and academic excellence are equally supported and nurtured.
  • Student voices are heard and valued.

Ultimately, everyone in our school strives to be happy, healthy, and successful in their pursuits.
The communities around our school – Swansea, Bloor West Village, Etobicoke – play an integral part in shaping our school community. Whether we’re having a photography class on the banks of the Humber River, a phys ed class at High Park, or visiting a local business, we are connected to our community through experiential learning.

At the same time, we also want to ensure that we prepare each of our students to become a global citizen who can shape the world, in line with our Globeducate mission. To that end, we’re working to ensure we include a global ethos that connects all that we do at our campus. We are proud to have established a new Blyth cross-campus annual event, the Global Citizens Expo, and we are working to build our language course offerings every year.

Q. How would you describe your student body?

A. Three words: engaged, caring, and happy. While our students have diverse interests, academic and personal goals, they have all chosen to attend Blyth Academy Etobicoke to have a voice in their school and learn in an environment that values their input and nurtures individual passions.

Q. What are your most popular courses?

A. In addition to the core academic courses that students require for graduation and university admissions, we have also begun to develop a particularly strong Photography program. From Sciences to Business to Social Sciences, we run a well-rounded program offering students the opportunity to try out various programs of study, prior to university. As part of our course offerings, we offer several specialized courses which each involve a week-long excursion in order to deepen students’ connection to the curriculum. This year, we offered:

• Term 1 – Wilderness Photography (AWQ3M & AWQ4M) – Algonquin Park
• Term 2 – Recreation and Healthy Active Living Leadership (PLF4M) – Algonquin Park
• Term 3 – Environment and Resource Management (CGR4M) – Various locations in Northern Ontario

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

A. Our extra-curricular offerings and clubs change throughout the year and are always based on student-demand. If we have one or two interested in forming a new club, we do it! A selection of our school clubs include:

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Running Club
  • Tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Yoga
  • Nutrition/Cooking Club
  • Photography Club
  • Yearbook Committee
  • Model UN
  • Campus Magazine
  • Student Council
  • STEM
  • Chess Club
  • Social Outreach Club
  • Eco Team

Q. What is experiential learning?

A. Experiential learning at our campus is done both in the classroom and outside of our four walls. While our Chemistry class is working in the lab on an experiment, our Biology class might be in High Park to work alongside University of Toronto grad students as they study pond-life. Our Photography classes are regularly seen out snapping away in our local community and can be found anywhere the TTC will take them! Our Entrepreneurship class may have an entrepreneurial parent come in to speak and our law students may visit Queen’s Park. Research shows that students create a deeper connection to the course curriculum through doing rather than passively sitting, listening to a lecture in a classroom. Our students are a case in point – engaged and curious learners. If you’re considering attending Blyth Etobicoke, you have to be willing to move and try!

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

A. We’re personalized. We get to know your child and engage them academically and socially; we give them a school where they feel they belong and where they are valued. Doing so helps to improve their willingness to put themselves “in the game” academically. With our 4-term structure, we make school less overwhelming; as a result, we find that our students develop confidence and accountability – both of which are critical to success at the post-secondary level. The best indicator of potential for success in our school is for students to visit the campus and sit in on some of our classes. When students are comfortable in their environment, they are more engaged.

Q. What is Edsby?

A. Edsby is a cloud-based educational tool that facilitates communication between home and school. On the Edsby platform, school faculty share course information with students and parents. From assignment outlines, class notes, and course calendars to discussion forums, and details about upcoming class and school-wide events, you’ll find it on Edsby! Parents and students also have real-time access to their personal grades and attendance information. Teachers will generally communicate with parents and students using the messaging feature in Edsby in order to share any student-specific information. Our open-lines of communication between home and school are one of the aspects of our school that our families really value; we involve parents as integral members of their child’s educational plan and Edsby facilitates that.

Q. Do you offer busing?

A. No, but we are easily accessible by public transit, just a 5-minute walk west from Jane subway station.


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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