Empowering to explore

Grades 5 – 8

Our Empowering to Explore program is specifically designed to empower students in their senior elementary years to explore their interests and begin to develop strengths in different subject matters. It is here where students come together to prepare for the rigorous academic challenges of Grade 9 and 10 by learning important practical skills and developing a sense of self through experiential learning and community involvement.

The Empowering to Explore program is founded on our four guiding principles: Academic Excellence, Resilience, Collaboration, and Leadership.

Academic Excellence

We provide individualized learning in truly small class sizes of 8 to 16 students, which enables our teachers to offer an unprecedented level of support and personalized attention. Emphasis is placed on introducing students to a variety of academic subjects and meeting the curriculum requirements of the Ministry of Education. We give students the opportunity to interact with course material in and outside of the classroom and a chance to develop their interests and discover their talents. We believe the middle school years are a time for exploration and preparation. We prepare our students for life in high school by having them practice exam style tests, learn proven strategies for studying, note taking and stress management, as well as take part in a ‘day in the life’ of a Grade 9 student at our high school campus.

Resilience

We help students develop emotional maturity through mindfulness and self-confidence. We do this through nutrition and physical education, as well as meditation and wellness initiatives. In turn, students learn to become aware of their physical and emotional capabilities and approach challenges as opportunities for growth.

Collaboration

Our middle school students regularly work together on projects to learn how to collaborate with others, share ideas, and work towards a common goal. We introduce a variety of challenging projects using new exciting concepts in the arts and STEAM, which are shared with each other, family, and the community. Students take an active role in contributing to student life through campus activities, as well as in the community through volunteer community service initiatives.

Leadership

Students are given opportunities to develop their leadership skills by volunteering for a meaningful cause in the community. Working for a local cause creates a deeper sense of community and the world around them, and provides them with a clear purpose and challenges to overcome.

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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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