UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM
A student’s journey at Blyth Academy Etobicoke culminates in the University Preparation Program in Grades 11 and 12. Here, preparing students for post-secondary education is our primary focus. Our faculty supports students in developing informed opinions through research, engagement in critical interpretation of information, and building of independent learning skills. Our classrooms are designed to simulate a university tutorial or seminar, encouraging discussion and interactive problem-solving.
Our guidance counsellor supports our students in preparing for university, meeting regularly with our senior students. The counsellor provides course selection advice based on each student’s post-secondary pathway plan and offers guidance to parents and students throughout the university and scholarship application processes.
At Blyth Academy Etobicoke, students learn to advocate for themselves, build positive instructor-student relationships, and be active members of their school.
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 or participate in the workforce much more effectively.
Two-hour class blocks mimic the lecture model of most universities, while also providing time for in-depth study, experiential learning, and individual attention from teachers on an ongoing basis. In our small classes, students have the opportunity to identify the learning strategies that work for them so that they are well prepared to independently manage their post-secondary studies.
Students confirm their courses with the guidance counsellor at the start of each school term, allowing for greater flexibility in their academic programming. A third daily class period is free for independent study, assignments, extracurricular activities, guidance counsellor visits, independent programming, sports training, or other homework. During Period 3, four days per week, Blyth Academy Etobicoke encourages students to join “The Studio”, where we dedicate teachers to support students with coursework, general academic skill building, and tutoring.
Students entering Grade 12 at Blyth Academy may only need six credits to graduate. In this case, Grade 12 students take two courses in Term 1, two courses in Term 2, two courses in Term 3, and then are eligible to graduate at the end of April. This leaves time to complete extra courses, complete a co-op, join our Post-Grad Program, try one of our exciting travel programs, or take a part-time job in advance of departing for university. If desired, Grade 12 students can take two Blyth Academy summer school credits during July and August before the start of their Grade 12 year, allowing for graduation and all of its benefits as early as February.
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. To read more about the Ontario Curriculum, please select a Grade level below:
At Blyth Academy Etobicoke, our students are encouraged to take part in experiential learning off campus in order to apply concepts learned in class, experience hands-on learning opportunities, and make learning “come to life.” Blyth Academy has partnered with Canadian Adventure Expeditions in order to offer courses each term which includes weeklong educational excursions for our senior students. Course offerings for each term are as follows:
• 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
Field-based experiences such as these dramatically impact students’ connection to what they have learned in the classroom, allowing them to apply their learning and move from theory to practice. Students have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of and make a personal connection to course concepts. Leadership, collaboration, and problem-solving skills are naturally enhanced in these specialized courses.
COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAMMING
Cooperative Education is the fastest growing area of secondary school education, allowing students to “test-drive” careers of interest and gain valuable experience which may be included in their résumé and university applications. Our guidance counsellor and co-op coordinators work hard to ensure students find the best possible learning opportunities outside of school by engaging in advanced planning with each student and supporting them in communicating with workplaces of interest. Our students have opportunities for co-op placements at various institutions and businesses, in a wide variety of fields of work, both within the local community and across Toronto.