Blyth Academy Orbit

Live Virtual School Grades 5-12

Blyth Academy Orbit

Live Virtual School Grades 5-12

Helping you Achieve Success

About Our Virtual Campus

Blyth Academy Orbit is our newest campus, which revolves around the same principles and academic structure as our physical schools, but it operates in the virtual space. Our signature small class sizes, personalized learning, and rigorous academics are all in effect at Blyth Academy Orbit, which opens up possibilities for students in grades 5 to 12, near and far, to take part in our programming without the need to be present in our physical classrooms.

Learning is 100 percent virtual and available world-wide, from anywhere there is WIFI.

At Blyth Academy Orbit, we conduct live, teacher-led classes through our virtual classrooms. Students attend classes with their classmates at regularly scheduled times during traditional school hours. Class discussions, break out groups, and testing are all conducted in our virtual space, while relationships with teachers and classmates are nurtured through office hours, group projects, and virtual student clubs. Blyth Academy Orbit offers all of the benefits of our physical campuses from the comfort of your home.

Grades 5 - 12

Live Face-to-Face Classes in Virtual Classrooms

Ontario Secondary School Curriculum

Average class size of 10 students, maximum 12

Full-time and Night School Programs Available

Regular guidance interaction

Blyth Academy-wide events: Triathlon, Volleyball, Model UN, Prom

Weekly teacher updates to parents

24/7 access to grading and course content through Edsby

Virtual Student Clubs

We are Ministry inspected and adhere to all provincial standards. BSID #665205

available from anywhere in the world

Available Anywhere

Live teacher-led classes from the comfort of home

Live Teacher-Led Classes

Maintains regular routine with structured school days

Structured School Days

Active and engaging virtual class format

Engaging Virtual Lessons

Four term, two course per term structure

Four Terms, Two Courses/Term

 

 
TYPE BLYTH ACADEMY ORBIT “TRADITIONAL” ONLINE SCHOOL
Attendance 100 percent virtual, daily live classes 100 percent virtual
Timing Structured day – regularly scheduled classes Monday to Friday Work at your own pace
Teaching Live teacher led classes Self-directed learning
Access to a teacher During virtual class time, and virtual office hours Via email and learning platform
Price

Domestic tuition: $16,995 for 6-8 course package and elementary, Single course offering $2,995

International tuition: $22,095 for 6-8 course package
Single course offering $3,895

Domestic tuition: $3,995 for full year (8 courses), Single course offering $495 for Grade 9, $595 for Grade 10-12 courses

International tuition: $5,595 for full year (8 courses), Single course offering $795

Start Date

High School students start at the beginning of the school year or term (Sept, Nov, Feb, Apr)
Elementary students can start at any time 

Start Anytime

 

 

What Makes Our Campus Unique?

Our faculty is highly engaged and fosters strong student-teacher relationships through virtual one-on-one engagements, in-class discussions, and teacher office hours. We understand the importance of social connections and make every effort to liven our students’ high school experience with virtual student clubs, virtual school assemblies, and participation in Blyth Academy-wide events.

We prepare students for success at the post-secondary level through a full offering of core, university-level courses, and a wide range of electives. This gives students the freedom to expand and explore their interests as they prepare for the future.

Open communication between parents and teachers is an important part of our academic process. Updates on attendance are provided regularly and communication about courses, grades, and individual progress flows throughout the school year through our Edsby platform.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What do classes look like?

A.​ Blyth Academy Orbit uses Zoom virtual classrooms with many interactive tools, where students are able to interact with their classmates daily. Please click the subjects below for short examples for our virtual classrooms:
Law
English
Physics

Q. Can I start at any time?

A. No. Elementary students can begin at any point in the school year. For high school students, our synchronous approach allows for students to engage with each other and stay involved for the duration of the course. Our entry points are September, November, February, and April for full-time academics. 

Q. Can I do a single course?
A. Yes, for high school courses only. Pricing will be $2,995 for domestic students and $3,895 for international students.
Q. What courses are offered when?
A. The Orbit schedule is set in advance of the school year, with a variety of courses being offered in each term. Please contact us for more information.
Q. Why is there a four term, two course per term structure?

A. This format enables our high school students to devote their complete attention to two subjects at a time, rather than the traditional four per semester. This encourages deeper engagement with course material and allows for further exploration of interests, which better prepares students for acceptance into the post-secondary program of their choice. It also allows for flexibility in scheduling to meet student and family needs. 

Q. Who will my teacher be?

A. Blyth Academy teachers are certified by the Ontario College of Teachers and many have additional post-graduate degrees. Our staff are selected not only for their qualifications, but also for their empathy, enthusiasm and dedication to student success. Our teachers love what they teach and are passionate about connecting with young people. Additionally, our teachers have acquired invaluable experience in, and feedback on, the virtual classroom since March 2020. 

Q. How are exams done?
A. Exams will be written virtually and administered by a third party proctoring service to ensure academic integrity. Students may also have the opportunity to write an exam at a Blyth Academy bricks and mortar school if they desire.
Q. Can I transfer between Blyth Academy Orbit and another Ontario campus, or Blyth Academy Online?
A. Yes, however an admissions interview for another Ontario campus may be required. Ontario campuses accept new students at the start of every term. Transferring to Blyth Academy Online can happen at any point in the year, however courses need to be completed in their entirety on one platform before moving to another (i.e. you cannot do part of a course with Orbit and complete it with Blyth Academy Online and vice versa).
Q. Will I be able to talk to a guidance counsellor?
A. Yes! Similar to our traditional brick and mortar high schools, our guidance counsellors offer office hours and encourage students to meet with them whenever the need arises. Early on, our students are encouraged to plan for post-secondary education and our team offers an extremely high level of support throughout the post-secondary application process.
Q. Are there extracurriculars?

A. Extracurricular activities are an important part of school life. Being active and engaged in arts, sports, and community brings like minded students together to share their passions, and expand their networks. Blyth Academy Orbit will offer all students the opportunity to join clubs such as photography, gaming, and environmental, among many others, all of which will be driven by the passions and interests of Orbit students.

Q. Will I be able to participate in Blyth-wide events like prom and sports tournaments?
A. Absolutely! Blyth Academy understands the importance of community amongst our students. Our cross-campus network of students comes together throughout the school year to compete in annual events including the Blyth Academy Hockey Tournament, Volleyball Tournament, and Model UN. We also run a Triathalon, and our campuses host MAD nights for students’ Music, Arts, and Drama.
Q. How do I pick my courses?
A. Once accepted to Blyth Academy Orbit, students will be contacted by their Guidance Counsellor to discuss courses and timetable.
Q. What grades are offered at Blyth Academy Orbit?

A. We will be offering Grades 5 – 12.

Q. How does faculty communicate with parents?

A. We leverage Edsby, our online learning platform, as the primary means of communication between teachers and families. Teachers will update families on a weekly basis, as well as when any notable developments occur in a student’s progress. Blyth Academy Orbit will also host virtual Parent-Teacher meetings at least once per term.

Q. What is the application process?
A. The application process for Blyth Academy Orbit is similar to applying to any other Blyth Academy campus. Click here to learn more.

STEP ONE: SPEAK TO OUR TEAM, LEARN ABOUT BLYTH ACADEMY
STEP TWO: COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION
STEP THREE: APPLICATION REVIEW
STEP FOUR: COURSE SELECTION

If you have any questions regarding the steps listed above, please don’t hesitate to contact our Admissions Team (admissions@blytheducation.com | 1-866-960-3552).

Q. Are there application deadlines?
A. No: we accept and review applications for Orbit on a rolling basis.

Ready to Join our Virtual Campus?

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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