THE BLYTH ACADEMY LONDON EXPERIENCE
Blyth Academy London is an affordable private high school conveniently located at 441 Ridout Street North, in London, Ontario.
Our school has an average class size of seven which allows for our educators to spend significant individualized time with each student while delivering a broad range of courses. When combined with first-class care and great teaching, wonderful things happen, and our students flourish.
At Blyth Academy London we offer an outstanding Grades 9–12 program. Our campus offers a comprehensive full-time program, as well as part-time, private, semi-private and summer school classes. Our newest school, Blyth Academy Online, allows high school students across the province to experience the Blyth difference.
Blyth Academy London is ministry inspected and adheres to all provincial standards, including the provision of an Ontario Provincial Report Card and official transcripts to post-secondary institutions.
At Blyth Academy London, our classroom experience is unparalleled and unique.
Blyth Academy London’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, with 95% receiving their first-choice of school. 40% of students received either partial or full scholarship to post-secondary education.
Small Classes, Big Reward
With class sizes that average fewer than eight students, we are able to provide a highly personalized education. Every one of our students has a seat at the front of the class; everyone is involved and everyone receives the full attention of the teacher. This encourages the full engagement of the entire class, each and every day and fosters a more participatory atmosphere where every student gets plenty of individual attention.
Thanks to our small class sizes, we are able to teach the student, not just the curriculum. Teacher feedback on the students’ progress can go into more depth and is immediately applicable for that week.
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|Average Class Size||7 Students|
|Foundation Programs Offered?||Yes|
|Labs||Science, Learning Commons|
|Notable Student Clubs||Student Council, Community Events, Popular Culture, Food Club, Math Club and Appreciation Club|
|Student Events||Graduation and Prom, school trips, fall and winter activity days, travel opportunities|
|Extracurricular Sports||Intramural sports teams available|
|Other Facilities||Convenient location, picturesque downtown setting, close to transit, unique, personal learning space|
|Partnerships||London Knights Hockey Team, various community outreach partners.|
|Part-Time Courses Offered?||Yes, evening and weekends|
|Private Courses Offered?||Yes|
|Summer School Offered?||Yes|
441 Ridout Street North, London ON, N6A 2P6
Parent Communication/Student Support
At Blyth Academy, we pride ourselves on maintaining open lines of communication between the teaching and administration staff, and our parents, in both a formal and informal way.
Our campus provides four opportunities a year for parents to meet formally with teachers during our Parent Teacher Evenings. These evenings are held halfway through each term and give an opportunity to formally discuss a student’s progress. At the conclusion of every term, parents will receive a full report card, outlining the student’s success over the past 10 and a half weeks. Parents also receive full access to our grading and reporting system, Edsby, allowing you to track your student’s progress, grades, and attendance in real time.
Blyth Academy uses the Edsby online system to keep parents and students up to date on all grades and class attendance on an ongoing basis. This program is an excellent way to allow parents to monitor a student’s academic performance quickly and easily.
Every Administrator, Head of School, Guidance Counsellor and Teacher at Blyth Academy adheres to our open-door policy, giving each parent access to phone, email, or face-to-face conversation throughout the school year. We are readily available to listen to any questions or concerns and to provide ongoing communication throughout each term.
Each campus has a dedicated and compassionate guidance counsellor that provides course selection advice, emotional support, access to workshops and skill improvement resources, as well as university preparation, selection, university 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 the school experience.
Student life at Blyth Academy is structured to provide a well-rounded educational experience. While academic success and student growth are our top priorities, we want to ensure that students also enjoy their time in this energetic and vibrant environment. From intramural sports teams and gym groups, volunteering and workshops, to clubs and coffee houses, Blyth Academy students are offered a wide range of unique extracurricular activities. Students are encouraged to take leadership positions in the school and create clubs and activities that appeal to them.
Many of our campuses feature lunch facilities, student lounges, computer labs, and easy access to public transit.
Facilities available at Blyth Academy London:
- Classrooms: 10
- Labs: Science and Learning Commons
- Convenient location
- Picturesque downtown setting
- Close to transit
- Unique, personal learning space
Letter from the Principal
Dear Prospective Students and Parents,
Welcome to Blyth Academy’s London campus! I would personally like to extend a warm welcome to you and your parents, and invite you to come visit us in the near future.
Our school is an outstanding educational environment and we are committed to providing an integrated university preparatory education in a warm and caring setting. Our students are encouraged to do their best and are given the necessary support to help them in their studies and beyond.
Our teachers are dedicated to ensuring that students gain a complete understanding of the subject matter while making engaging connections outside the classroom and to other disciplines. Our classes are very small and communication between teachers and students is consistent, encouraging and frequent. Our goal is student-centred learning catering to each student’s unique learning style where the teachers act as guides along the journey with the help of our educational partnerships.
At the heart of Blyth Academy London, we are interested in getting to know who you are and how you see the world. We enjoy supporting our students as they grow with us and on to post-secondary education through dedicated guidance support from day one, experiential learning in every course and personalized attention for every student.
We welcome your interest as a potential member of our community and encourage you to visit us on campus.
Acting Principal, Blyth Academy London
Teaching Faculty & Administration
The most inspired teachers create inspired learners. Blyth Academy teachers are chosen for their empathy, compassion, and ability to connect with students. Our teachers must pass a rigorous selection process and excel in their continuous assessments in order to teach at Blyth Academy.
Our faculty is the key to the success of our program and students. Blyth Academy attracts thousands of teacher applications every year, allowing us to be very selective. We also constantly evaluate and review existing faculty.
Our teachers are selected for their excellent teaching skills, their depth of knowledge, and their ability to empathize and encourage students. They are familiar and up to date with the current Ministry of Education curriculum and assessment policies, and also have the skills to provide support for students who require learning accommodations. All Blyth teachers bring a passion, creativity, and dedication to the success of each student to every class.
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 to provide extra help before and after class.
When asked why they do better at Blyth, students frequently respond by saying that they feel a sense of personal respect for – and responsibility to – the teacher.
|Period 1||8:40am – 10:55am|
|Break||10:55am - 11:00am|
|Period 2||11:00am – 1:15pm|
|Lunch||1:15pm – 1:45pm|
|Period 3||1:45pm – 4:00pm|
|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 7th, 2017 - Tuesday, November 14th, 2017|
|Term 1 - Exam Days||Monday, November 13th, 2917 & Tuesday, November 14th, 2017|
|PD Day||Wednesday, November 15th, 2017|
|Term 2||Thursday, November 16th, 2017 - Friday, February 2nd, 2018|
|Term 2 - Exam Days||Thursday, February 1st, 2018 & Friday, February 2nd, 2018|
|PD Day||Monday, February 5th, 2018|
|Term 3||Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 - Monday, April 23rd, 2018|
|Term 3 - Exam Days||Friday April 20th, 2018 & Monday April 23rd, 2018|
|PD Day||Tuesday, April 24th, 2018|
|Term 4||Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 - Friday, June 29th, 2018|
|Term 4 - Exam Days||Thursday, June 28th, 2018 - Friday, June 29th, 2018|
|Term 5||Summer School starts on Monday July 5th or Aug 2nd|
STUDY FULL TIME WITH US
Foundations Program (Grade 9-10)
Your child’s Blyth Academy journey continues in our Foundations Program, where experienced and empathetic faculty build on the students’ academic success, while adding a complete and comprehensive life skills curriculum.
The Foundations Program is unique to Blyth Academy. It combines the development of important life skills with the Ontario Ministry mandated academic curriculum. In order to best prepare students for the road ahead, the program has been developed for students in Grades 9 and 10 to enrich and enhance their understanding of such important skills as:
Managing one’s wellness
Planning & time management
Improving academic achievement
This program will allow our students to move to the rigorous academic challenges of Grades 11 and 12, armed with an excellent education, as well as the practical skills necessary for success after high school, and the ability to think independently, analytically, and critically.
|FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM TIMETABLE*|
|*times may be adjusted slightly by campus|
|9:00 am||Period 1|
|11:15 am||Period 2|
|2:00 pm||Period 3|
|4:15 pm||Day ends|
Foundations Program Facilities
Our Foundations Program students can take advantage of all of our campus facilities, including computer and science labs, student lounges, kitchenette facilities, student clubs, and intramural sports teams.
Foundations Program in the Community
As part of the Foundations Program at our London campus, Blyth will invite community leaders and experts in relevant life skills to attend our schools and share their knowledge and experiences with our students. Combining the required curriculum with ‘real-world’ instruction will provide students with an unparalleled understanding of these essential subjects.
Foundations Program Academics
The academic year of the Blyth Academy Foundations Program is divided into four terms of ten and half weeks. This cutting-edge restructuring of the traditional academic school year has dramatic benefits for the student. Our Foundations students take only two courses per term, as opposed to a more traditional semester setting (four courses a semester) or a full-year setting (eight courses daily spanning the entire academic year), meaning that our students are able to manage their academic workload much more effectively. Two-hour classes, taken five days a week, allow more time for in-depth review and for individual attention to our students on an ongoing basis.
Students select their courses at the start of the school term and are given their schedule and room assignments. The life skills portion of the Foundations Program is taught in their third “spare” period.
Blyth Academy London is ministry inspected, and adheres to all provincial standards, including the provision of an Ontario Provincial Report Card and official transcripts to post-secondary institutions. Blyth Academy follows the Ontario curriculum. To read more about the Ontario Curriculum, please select a Grade level below:
Philosophy of the Foundations Program
The Foundations Program seeks to provide a unique offering to students in Grades 9 and 10 that challenges the traditional organization of curriculum development and delivery in the intermediate grades. Traditional academics at Blyth, unlike at many schools where the disciplines stand isolated from one another and the real lives of students, will be fully integrated in actual experience. In taking this approach the Foundation Program ensures a curriculum that changes with the times and thus remains perpetually interesting and relevant to students each and every year.
The Foundations Program, our Academy wide offering of Study and Life skills in partnership with community organizations, provides unparalleled opportunities for personal and academic growth within the intermediate division. Each program is specifically tailored to the environment at each campus.
Grade 9 and 10 students at Blyth Academy will benefit from the way in which the Foundations Program integrates the disciplines of Math, Science, English, and the Social Sciences and makes them relevant to their lives. Students will derive a more meaningful educational experience by explicitly examining the way in which what they learn in their traditional classes impacts on their daily lives. In so doing, the Foundations Program will produce students with a greater sense of self, their peers and the world around them.
Students who successfully complete the Foundations Program will move into their Senior years at Blyth, strongly connected to the mission of the school and its three truths:
- Care and empathy for students on academic, intellectual and personal levels is essential to success.
- Brilliant hands-on, experiential teaching in small classes engages students and produces the best results.
- Blyth schools produce well-rounded, university-ready and life ready students by providing a full extra- curricular program as well as community-involvement opportunities in their neighbourhoods and around the world.
University Prep Program (Grade 11-12)
A student’s journey with Blyth Academy culminates in the University Preparation Program for Grades 11 and 12. Here, preparing for post-secondary education is the primary focus, with increased focus on developing opinions, interpreting information, independent learning, and active participation in our small-group setting.
Experienced guidance counsellors work weekly with each student to prepare them for the first year of University and beyond, with advice and counselling given during the application and scholarship selection process. Academic, personal, and vocational goals are a key area of focus, as the guidance counsellor assists in honing the students’ abilities and skills into potential post-secondary options.
As the four-term, two course approach of Grade 11 and 12 mimics the academic semester structure of post-secondary education, students are prepared to manage their timetable, use their self-directed study skills, and benefit from the familiar “round-table” tutorial system. At Blyth Academy, students are taught to advocate for themselves, nurture a strong instructor-student relationship, and be active members of their school.
|UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM TIMETABLE|
|*times may be adjusted slightly by campus|
|9:00 am||Period 1|
|11:15 am||Period 2|
|2:00 pm||Period 3|
|4:15 pm||Day ends|
University Preparation Program: Facilities
Our University Preparation Program students can take advantage of all of our campus facilities, including computer and science labs, student lounges, kitchenette facilities, student clubs, and intramural sports teams.
University Preparation Program: Academics
The academic year of the Blyth Academy University Preparation Program is divided into four terms of ten and a half weeks. This cutting-edge restructuring of the traditional academic school year has dramatic benefits for the student. Our University Preparation students take only two courses per term, as opposed to a more traditional semester setting (four courses a semester) or a full-year setting (eight courses daily spanning the entire academic year), meaning that our students are able to manage their academic workload much more effectively. Two-hour classes, taken five days a week, allow more time for in-depth review and for individual attention to our students on an ongoing basis.
Students select their courses at the start of the school term, and are given their schedule and room assignments. The third period is free for independent study, assignments, extracurricular activities, guidance counsellor visits, independent exercise programs, sport training, or other homework.
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 in April, leaving time to enjoy a victory lap, 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 Summer School credits during July and August before the start of the school year, allowing for graduation and all of its benefits as early as February.
Blyth Academy is ministry inspected, and adheres to all provincial standards, including the provision of an Ontario Provincial Report Card and official transcripts to post-secondary institutions. Blyth Academy follows the Ontario curriculum. To read more about the Ontario Curriculum, please select a Grade level below: