General Campus Information

The Blyth Academy Thornhill Experience

Blyth Academy Thornhill is conveniently situated in Thornhill Square, 30 minutes north of Toronto, where students have easy access to the community centre, public library, the Thornhill Fitness Centre, shops, and restaurants.

Our school has an average class size of eight 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 Thornhill 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.

We are ministry inspected and adhere to all provincial standards, including the provision of an Ontario Provincial Report Card and the provision of official transcripts to post-secondary institutions.

THORNHILL
Grade Level: 9–12
Students: 75
Average Class Size: 8 students
Foundations Program Offered? Yes
Classrooms: 7
Smartboards: 2
Labs: Science
Notable Student Clubs: Student Council, Intramural Sports, Yearbook, Science, Business, Math, Athletic club, Debate, University Preparation, Music Appreciation
Student Events: Graduation and Prom, semi-formal, school trips, winter activity days, travel opportunities, university tour, Model UN, Blyth-wide sporting events
Extracurricular Sports: Extracurricular sports available
Alpine Sports Program: No
Other facilities: Student Lounge, local lunch options, convenient central location
Partnerships: AGO, Varley Art Gallery, Lynrich Art Studio, Wonderland Dance, School of Rock, Toronto Conservation Authority at Lake Saint George, various other local community partners.
Part-Time Courses Offered? Yes, evening and weekends
Private Courses Offered? Yes
Summer School Offered? Yes
Address: 300 John Street, Suite 276, Thornhill, Ontario, L3T 5W4
BSID: 666143

Blyth’s Educational Philosophy

Blyth Academy offers a private school experience that focuses on personalized education, very small class sizes and experiential learning. This unique approach to education has met with enthusiastic response and success among students and parents since we opened our doors over 39 years ago. Today we are Canada’s largest private high school, with campuses throughout Ontario.

Blyth Academy offers an academic experience that is significantly different from other private and public schools.

The core principle at Blyth Academy is to provide care and empathy to our students. Designed as boutique schools, Blyth Academy’s limited enrollment enables teachers and staff to provide personalized teaching and individual care both in and out of class.
Our approach is designed to fully engage the students in the academic process with a genuine learning experience founded upon curiosity, creativity, and innovative thinking.

Learn more about how Blyth Academy provides an experience that makes many of our students claim, “Blyth is the best thing that happened to me!”

At Blyth Academy Thornhill, our classroom experience is unparalleled and unique.

Academic Success
Blyth Academy Thornhill’s primary focus is on enhancing academic achievement to prepare all students for university and beyond. As 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.

One Size Does Not Fit All
Here at Blyth, we tailor the curriculum to the individual student, not the other way around. By taking into account each student’s learning style and extra-curricular responsibilities, we are able to customize a plan unique to the individual.

Through Blyth Academy’s ability to customize learning to the individual, we are a popular educational solution for elite student athletes. Find out more about how Blyth Academy is right for your elite student athlete.

For Each Student, A Great School
Students are able to join Blyth Academy Thornhill full-time at four standard entry points during the school year; however, transitions are simple to arrange any time when a switch is needed. Blyth Academy manages the paperwork, transcripts, and report cards.

To complement our full-time school, students may also wish to take part in evening or weekend part-time or private courses to lean forward during their school year, or participate in our popular summer school program to reach ahead for the next school year.

A School of the Community
Our Blyth campuses do not feature large libraries, luxurious gymnasiums, or aquatic centres. Instead, Blyth students are integrated into the community around them by using and enjoying local libraries, local swimming pools, and local recreational facilities. By using and appreciating the facilities around us, we build a deep relationship with the community at large, and give back to our neighbourhoods.

Rich, Experiential Learning Opportunities
Blyth Academy’s unique experiential learning environment is one of the key pillars of our success. Experiential learning encourages students to be enthusiastic and engaged in their learning process. It brings the classroom to life, and takes the students outside the traditional classroom setting to participate in hands-on learning.

To accomplish this, we hire teachers who have experience outside of the traditional classroom to ensure that they can bring a different and personal perspective to their subjects. Our partnerships with various learning institutions in the community, such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto International Film Festival and Outward Bound Canada at the Evergreen BrickWorks, as well as many applicable local organizations, further allow us to take students out of the classroom to learn through active, hands-on participation.

We do not simply partner with these local organizations. We co-develop our courses with our partners to create an immersive and rich learning opportunity.

Experiential learning creates engagement as learning becomes real when it applies to the students’ world. By interacting with their peers, their teachers, and their curriculum in real-world settings, students are better prepared for university and life skills develop.

Sports, Wellness, and Integrated Athletics
At Blyth, we understand that athletic excellence takes great discipline and focus. We can customize a learning plan for your child that not only works around his or her athletic training schedule, but also integrates into it. The Barrie Blyth Hockey Academy, which partners a coach-led training program with the academic rigor of Blyth Academy is just one example of our commitment to our athletes.

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Accessible Staff, Accessible Administration
There is nothing more important to us than the happiness and academic success of our students. Each Blyth school has a dedicated guidance counsellor that works one on one with your child to mentor and manage the university selection process, career advice, and all day-to-day academic and personal issues. Every Head of School has an open-door policy, allowing free dialogue between the student, parent, and administration.

Commitment to Customized, Research-Based Teaching Methods
At Blyth, we use the most up-to-date, research-based teaching methodology, such as block teaching, “teacher as coach,” and authentic forms of assessment. This paradigm shift has proven successful at Blyth—more than 95% of our students are accepted into their first choice of university, and are better prepared to succeed not only in their first year, but also beyond.

The academic year at Blyth Academy  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 Grade 9–12 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). This means that Grade 9–12 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. Our Grade 5–8 students enjoy a regular eight-course term.

This model also closely resembles the academic life of a university, where semesters are shorter and highly focused.

The Student Experience
We are often asked if Blyth Academy is a “real school”. The answer, of course, is yes! Blyth Academy not only provides a world-class education but also a rich and well-rounded student experience. All students are given the opportunity to participate in various sports activities and teams, take leadership roles in the school including student council and mega-council , and form and run school clubs such as our Model United Nations, the Ski & Snowboard club, Drama club and so much more.
Every year, Blyth Academy offers overnight camps, a full community service program, Terry Fox day, fall and winter activity days, a popular Chicago trip, and university tours.

At the conclusion of Grade 12, Blyth Academy is pleased to host a full graduation ceremony and prom, which is an extremely popular way of celebrating our students’ achievements.

Parent Communication/Student Support

Parent Communication

At Blyth Academy Thornhill, we pride ourselves on maintaining open lines of communication between teaching and administration staff, and our parents, in both a formal and informal way.

Formal Communication

Blyth Academy Thornhill 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, Rediker, allowing you to track your student’s progress, grades, and attendance in real time.

Rediker Reporting

Blyth Academy uses the Rediker 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.

Informal Communication Every Administrator, Principal, 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.

Student Support

Guidance

Each campus has a dedicated and compassionate guidance head 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.

Extracurricular

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.

Facilities

Many of our campuses feature lunch facilities, student lounges, computer labs, and easy access to public transit. Facilities available at Blyth Academy Thornhill:

  • Classrooms: 7
  • Smartboards: 2
  • Labs: Science
  • Plenty of lunch options
  • Vibrant student meeting area
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Letter from the Principal

Dear Prospective Students and Parents,
 
May I warmly welcome you to our campus, located at the intersection
of Bayview Avenue and John Street in Thornhill. Although we are centrally located in the Thornhill Square, and close to many of the attractions, galleries, and events in the vicinity, at our core we are a quiet, welcoming, and peaceful school community. From the moment you walk in the front door of our campus, you will immediately discover the type of culture we have created here at Blyth Academy Thornhill. From our Academic Administrator Marlene (who has a fine selection of candy available for students) to our experienced and dedicated OCT teachers, to our in-depth guidance support provided by Mr. Butler, you will understand that we are a school with a holistic and personal approach to learning.

Our academic support begins with consistent and open communication with students and parents, beginning with your first consultation, and throughout your time at Blyth Academy via ongoing notification of deadlines and events, assistance with preparing supplementary materials for selected university/college programs, and all academic and guidance related discussions. We are always available to provide help to our students and families.

Our focus is on the individual student – your needs and your strengths. We provide an experiential approach to education, believing that the best learning opportunities are those that let students actually engage with the subject-matter. For students who wish to do more, we encourage participation in extra-curricular activities, Blyth-wide events, student government, community-based initiatives, and fundraising activities for campus selected charities. Let us show you how Blyth Academy Thornhill makes sense for your family. I look forward to meeting you and discussing the learning opportunities available for your child.

Kind Regards,

Laurie Foley
Principal, Blyth Academy Thornhill

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Blyth Academy Thornhill Team

Laurie Foley

Principal, Blyth Academy Thornhill

Ms. Foley has been Principal of Blyth Academy’s Thornhill campus for two academic years. She studied at both the University of Victoria and at York University’s Glendon College, receiving her undergraduate degree at the latter and her Bachelor of Education at Nipissing University. An avid proponent of lifelong learning, Ms. Foley has earned additional qualifications in Guidance and Career Education, Special Education and English as a Second Language. A vibrant educator, Ms. Foley has worked with both youth and adult learners. She has worked in curriculum and policy development for both traditional and online courses, led the administration team at a private school with campuses across Ontario and counselled international students attending school in Canada. Committed to student success, Ms. Foley’s experience, compassion and vision make her an asset to the team at Blyth Academy.

 

   

Guidance Counsellor: Patrick Butler                 Campus Administrator: Marlene Gold

Teaching Faculty

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.

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 current Ministry of Education curriculum and assessment policies, and also have the skills to provide support for students who require learning accommodations. All Blyth Academy 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 Academy, students frequently respond by saying that they feel a sense of personal respect for – and responsibility to – the teacher.

Principal:

Laurie Foley

laurie.foley@blytheducation.com

Campus Administrator

Marlene Gold

marlene@blytheducation.com

Guidance Counsellor:

Patrick Butler

patrickbutler@blytheducation.com

CAMPUS SCHEDULES

Daily Schedules
PeriodTime
Period 18:40am – 10:55am
Period 211:00am – 1:15pm
Lunch1:15pm – 1:45pm
Period 31:45pm – 4:00pm
Period 3
(Foundations Grade 9/10)
1:45pm – 3:30pm
Holiday Schedule
2017-18 DatesHolidays
October 6Holiday
October 9Thanksgiving
December 25 - January 5Winter Break
February 19Family Day
March 12 - March 16March Break
March 30Good Friday
April 2Easter Monday
May 21Victoria Day
Term Schedule
2017-18
GRADE 9–12: TERM SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
Orientation DaysThursday, September 7th, 2017 - Friday September 8th, 2017
Term 1Monday, September 11th, 2017 - Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
Term 1 - Exam DaysMonday, November 13th, 2917 & Tuesday, November 14th, 2017
PD DayWednesday, November 15th, 2017
Term 2Thursday, November 16th, 2017 - Friday, February 2nd, 2018
Term 2 - Exam DaysThursday, February 1st, 2018 & Friday, February 2nd, 2018
PD DayMonday, February 5th, 2018
Term 3Tuesday, February 6th, 2018 - Monday, April 23rd, 2018
Term 3 - Exam DaysFriday April 20th, 2018 & Monday April 23rd, 2018
PD DayTuesday, April 24th, 2018
Term 4Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 - Friday, June 29th, 2018
Term 4 - Exam DaysThursday, June 28th, 2018 - Friday, June 29th, 2018
Term 5Summer School starts on Monday July 5th or Aug 2nd

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Foundations Program (Grade 9-10)

GRADE 9-10: THE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM

Your child’s Blyth Academy journey begins in our Foundations Program, where experienced and empathetic faculty build on the students’ academic success, while adding a complete and comprehensive life skills curriculum and a health  mind and body program.

The Foundations Program is unique to Blyth Academy. It combines the development of important academic and life skills with the Ontario Ministry mandated curriculum. In order to best prepare students for the road ahead, the program has been developed to assist Grade 9 students in their transition to secondary school and Grade 10 students in their transition to senior grades. The program seeks to enrich the student experience and enhance student understanding of such important skills as:

  • Managing one’s wellness
  • Study skills
  • Financial literacy
  • Creative thinking
  • Planning & time management
  • Community connections
  • Personal health and nutrition
  • Self-awareness and interpersonal relationships
  • Improving academic achievement

This program allows 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
8:40 amPeriod 1
11:00 amPeriod 2
1:15 pmLunch
1:45 pmPeriod 3
3:30 pmDay ends

Foundation Program Facilities

Our Foundations Program students can take advantage of all of our campus facilities.
Facilities available at Blyth Academy Thornhill:

  • Classrooms: 7
  • Smartboards: 2
  • Labs: Science
  • Plenty of lunch options
  • Vibrant student meeting area

Foundation Program in the Community

The Foundations Program at 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.

Foundation Program Academics

The academic year of the Blyth Academy Foundation Program is divided into four terms of approximately ten and half weeks each. 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 at a time spanning the entire academic year), meaning that our students are able to manage their academic workload much more effectively. Just over 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 academic courses at the start of the school term and are given their schedule and room assignments. The Foundations Program is taught during their third “spare” period.

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:

Grade 9 | Grade 10

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 and the real lives of students, will be fully integrated in actual experience. In taking this approach the Foundation Program ensures a course of study 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, in partnership with community organizations, provides unparalleled opportunities for personal and academic growth within the intermediate division. The 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 academics and life skills and makes them relevant to student’s own lives. Students will derive a more meaningful educational experience by explicitly examining the way in which what they learn in their traditional classes impacts upon 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:

  1. Care and empathy for students on academic, intellectual and personal levels is essential to success.
  2. Brilliant hands-on, experiential teaching in small classes engages students and produces the best results.
  3. 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)

GRADE 11-12: THE UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM

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 regularly 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. Students enter post-secondary education ready to apply their knowledge and skills. 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
8:40 amPeriod 1
11:00 amPeriod 2
1:15 pmLunch
1:45 pmPeriod 3
4:00 pmDay ends

University Preparation Program: Facilities

Facilities available at Blyth Academy Thornhill:

  • Classrooms: 7
  • Smartboards: 2
  • Labs: Science
  • Plenty of lunch options
  • Vibrant student meeting area

University Preparation Program: Academics

The academic year of the Blyth Academy University Preparation Program is divided into four terms of approximately ten and a half weeks each. 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 at a time spanning the entire academic year), meaning that our students are able to manage their academic workload much more effectively. Just 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 fitness programs, sports 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 are then 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:

Grade 11 | Grade 12

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