LaunchPad program

GRADES 9 – 10

launching students into their future success

The LaunchPad Program has been designed and implemented to set Blyth Academy students apart and propel them into the future with skills and knowledge to gain success.

What is the program?

The LaunchPad Program is the defining character of the Grades 9 & 10 experience at Blyth Academy. It is a full-year, daily program designed to explore and develop students’ academic, social, leadership, and community skills. Highlights include:

  • 440 hours of programming with NO compromise to a full, traditional Ontario Curriculum. This program is in addition to the core course curriculum.
  • Students earn an extra credit in each grade:
    • Grade 9: Learning Strategies (GLS1O)
    • Grade 10: Leadership (GPP3O)
  • Teaching what schools typically don’t teach: how to learn, how to take notes, life skills, financial literacy, social skills, adventuring and more.
  • The program teacher remains consistent all year; they are each student’s home base and every parent’s go-to.
  • With a careful blend of routine and spontaneity, students find academic and personal success.

Pillars of the Program & Activity Examples:

FUN

The LaunchPad Program is not a standard high school course. It is varied, energetic, and sparks passion!

  • Art, Cooking, Games & competitions, Storytelling

SELF-DISCOVERY

Students complete personality inventories and become action researchers on their own learning. They look at their current and alternative ways of responding to emotions, to others, and to their environments.

  • Mindfulness meditation, Personal goal setting, Research projects on mental illnesses/labels/physical illness

COMMUNITY & CONNECTIONS

We find connections and causes near and far to broaden our awareness. Mentors, elders, service learning and volunteerism all play a role.

  • Intergenerational connections (ex. Visiting retirement homes), Food banks, Fundraising campaigns

EXPLORATION

Within our school and city, and well beyond in nature, students will venture and wonder collaboratively.

  • Learn life skills (flat tire, oil change, laundry), Outdoor cleanup (e.g. ravine, park, etc), Neighbourhood exploration

ACADEMIC COACHING

Support and Learning Strategies, Organization skills, and a full Ontario credit for both years of the LaunchPad Program. We are teaching exactly what schools often miss!

  • Homework help sessions, Research organization, Note taking, Time management strategies, Exam/test prep, Academic skills inventory, Basic keyboarding, Email etiquette, Weekly planning & prioritizing.

ENVIRONMENTAL & PHYSICAL WELLNESS

A positive exercise and nutrition routine blends well with our footprint and our relationship to our environments.

  • Recycling program, Nutritional analysis & meal planning, Yoga, Outdoor education

FINANCIAL LITERACY

Aligned with best practices in Math, the program includes a broad and impactful study of real-life financial products and awareness.

  • Budgeting & life-skills (e.g. groceries/cooking), Credit vs Debit, Mortgages vs Rent, Canadian & global economy, and Investments.
Sample LaunchPad Class Schedule

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Academic Support & Financial Literacy

Self-Discovery & Guidance course work

Exercise & Wellness

Genius Hour & exploring new topics

Community Outreach

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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