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 Student Council has been talking about in an effort to set down our core values – who we are and what defines our community. We’re still working on those core values, but here’s what we know: we’re a relationship-based community of teachers and learners; we are supportive of one-another and welcoming to all; our students grades 9 to 12 know each other’s names and work together to make our school the best that it can be; our students are connected to the school not only through academics but also through extra-curricular activities and school events, and they drive what happens in our school. In turn, we support and nurture their passions, both academic and otherwise. 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.
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 interests and endeavours.
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, each term, we offer a specialized course which involves 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
• Term 4 – Earth and Space Science (SES4U) – Thunder Bay and surrounding area
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:
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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 anywhere the TTC will take them! Our Entrepreneurship class might 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.
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 practice 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