THE BLYTH ACADEMY THORNHILL EXPERIENCE

Blyth Academy Thornhill offers specialized private high school education in the heart of the community. Located in the Thornhill Square Shopping and Business Centre, our campus is only 30 minutes from downtown Toronto and steps away from the TTC. Easily accessible, we welcome students from across North Toronto and the GTA.

Thanks to our centralized location, our students have the unique opportunity to take part in one-of-a-kind experiential learning outside of the classroom. Our campus is adjacent to some of the most exciting facilities the community has to offer. We have direct access to the Thornhill Community Centre, Thornhill Library, Thornhill Fitness Centre as well as Lynrich Art studio. We do not simply partner with these local organizations, we co-develop our courses to create immersive and rich learning opportunities.

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, gives students access to over 100 high school courses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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: 90
Average Class Size: 7 students
Foundations Program Offered? Yes
Classrooms: 7
Smartboards: 2
Labs: Science
Notable Student Clubs: Running, Model UN, Student Council, Gardening, Music Appreciation, Cooking, Board Games, Yearbook, Debate Team
Student Events: Graduation and prom, semi-formal, school trips, winter activity days, travel opportunities, university tour, Model UN, Blyth Academy wide sporting events, Earth and Space Science program in Thunderbay
Extracurricular Sports: Extracurricular sports available include: basketball, volleyball, soccer, ultimate frisbee, track and field, bowling
Other facilities: Student lounge, student support room, quiet study room, local lunch options, and
convenient central location
Post Graduate Program Offered? Yes
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

THE CAMPUS

The core principle at Blyth Academy Thornhill is to provide care and empathy to all of our students. Designed as a boutique school, our limited enrolment of 90 students enables teachers and staff to provide personalized teaching and individual care both in and out of the classroom. Our principal, guidance counsellor, and teachers have adopted an open-door policy to encourage students to take ownership of their education and find comfort in speaking about academic, personal, and vocational goals. As part of this policy, we offer a student support room during each period where students can meet with the teacher on duty to ask questions or receive extra help with homework assignments. 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.

THE COMMUNITY

The students at Blyth Academy Thornhill are integrated into the community through experiential learning in the local library, art facility, and recreational facilities. This approach to learning helps build a deeper relationship with the community at large and gives back to our neighbourhoods. It also creates deeper connections to course material and encourages students to hone in on skills and interests in different fields, in preparation for post-secondary studies.

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN THE COMMUNITY

  • Outward Bound at Brickworks
  • Lynrich Arts
  • Canadian Adventure Expeditions
  • Thornhill Public Library
  • Thornhill Community Centre
  • Community Fitness Centre
  • Algonquin Park
  • Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior

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, Edsby, allowing you to track your student’s progress, grades, and attendance in real time.

EDSBY REPORTING
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.

Informal Communication Blyth Academy Thornhill is a community-oriented campus where getting to know our students and encouraging their well-being is a top priority. Our principal, guidance counsellor and teachers have an open-door policy, allowing students the opportunity to ask questions and express any issues or concerns they may have throughout the year. Our policy encourages students to take ownership of themselves and their academics by building relationships with campus staff.

BLYTH ACADEMY'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 40 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.

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!”

ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Blyth Academy’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.

SMALL CLASSES, BIG REWARD
With class sizes averaging seven 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.

ONE SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL
Here at Blyth Academy, 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.

FOR EACH STUDENT, A GREAT SCHOOL
Students are able to join Blyth Academy 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 learn forward during their school year or participate in our popular summer school program to reach ahead for the next school year.

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.

SPORTS, WELLNESS AND INTEGRATED ATHLETICS
At Blyth Academy, 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 Blyth Academy @ CIHA campus, which partners a coach-led training program with the academic rigour 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 campus 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 Academy—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 our schools 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.

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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 Mrs. Flanagan, 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

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.

ACTING PRINCIPAL

Marie Flanagan

marie.flanagan@blytheducation.com

Patrick Butler - Blyth Academy Thornhill Guidance Councillor

CAMPUS ADMINISTRATOR

Marlene Gold

marlene@blytheducation.com

Marlene Gold - Blyth Academy Thornhill Campus Administrator

CAMPUS SCHEDULES

DAILY SCHEDULE

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

2018/19 DatesHolidays
October 5Holiday
October 8Thanksgiving
December 24 - January 4Winter Break
February 18Family Day
March 11 - March 15March Break
April 19Good Friday
April 22Easter Monday
May 20Victoria Day

TERM SCHEDULE

2018/19
GRADE 9–12: TERM SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
Term 1Thursday, September 6th, 2018 - Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
Term 1 - Exam DaysMonday, November 12th, 2018 & Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
PD DayWednesday, November 14th, 2018
Term 2Thursday, November 15th, 2018 - Friday, February 1st, 2019
Term 2 - Exam DaysThursday, January 31st, 2019 & Friday, February 1st, 2019
PD DayMonday, February 4th, 2019
Term 3Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 - Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Term 3 - Exam DaysWednesday, April 17th, 2019 & Thursday, April 18th, 2019
PD DayTuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Term 4Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 - Friday, June 28th, 2019
Term 4 - Exam DaysThursday, June 27th, 2019 - Friday, June 28th, 2019
Term 5Summer School starts on Wednesday, July 3rd or August 6th, 2019

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FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM (GRADES 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
  • 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 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
8:40 am Period 1
11:00 am Period 2
1:15 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Period 3
3:30 pm Day ends

 

FACILITIES

In our Foundations Program, students can take advantage of all of our Thornhill campus facilities, including our science lab, comfortable student lounge, quiet study rooms and kitchenette facilities.

Our student clubs include Running, Model UN, Student Council, Gardening, Music Appreciation, Cooking, Board Games, Yearbook, Debate Team.

Students can stay active in our intramural sports like volleyball, basketball and soccer.

  • Classrooms: 7
  • Smartboards: 2
  • Labs: Science
  • Student Lounge
  • Convenient, central location
  • Plenty of local lunch options
  • Close to transit
PHILOSOPHY

The Foundations Program provides unparalleled opportunities for personal and academic growth within the intermediate division. It 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 academic subjects like Math, Science, English, and Social Sciences at Blyth Academy Thornhill will be fully integrated with actual student experience, unlike at many schools where each class is often confined to the classroom and disconnected from the real lives of students. 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.

Our Thornhill academy provides a wide offering of Study and Life skills in partnership with community organizations like the Personal Greatness Project.

Students who successfully complete the Foundations Program will move into their Senior years at Blyth Academy Yorkville, 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 Academy schools produce well-rounded, university-ready and life ready students by providing a full extracurricular program as well as community-involvement opportunities in their neighbourhoods and around the world.

UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM (GRADES 11-12)

A student’s journey at Blyth Academy Thornhill 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, and independent learning. Our classrooms are designed to encourage participation in small group settings by accommodating regular round-table discussions.

Thanks to our centralized location, our campus is home to a diverse group of students. Our experienced guidance counsellor take a vested interest in our students’well being by offering workshops for both personal and academic growth. They work 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
8:40 am Period 1
11:00 am Period 2
1:15 pm Lunch
1:45 pm Period 3
4:00 pm Day ends
FACILITIES

In our University Preparation Program students can take advantage of all of our Thornhill campus facilities, including our science lab, comfortable student lounge, kitchenette facilities and quiet study rooms.

Our student clubs include Running, Model UN, Student Council, Gardening, Music Appreciation, Cooking, Board Games, Yearbook, Debate Team.

Students can stay active in our intramural sports like volleyball, basketball and soccer.

  • Classrooms: 7
  • Smartboards: 2
  • Labs: Science
  • Pricate study room
  • Student lounge
  • Student support room: Available every period
  • convenient, cntral location
  • Plenty of local lunch options
  • Close to Transit
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 students. 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 you are able to manage your academic workload much more effectively. Two-hour classes, taken five days a week, allows for more in-depth review of material and for individual attention to students on an ongoing basis.

Students along with their guidance counsellor will select their courses at the start of the school term, and are given your schedule and room assignments. Blyth Academy tries to keep the third period free for students so that they can use this time for independent study, assignments, extracurricular activities, guidance counsellor visits, independent exercise programs, sports training, or other homework.

Students entering grade 12 at Blyth Academy Thornhill 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, the ability to go on one of our exciting travel programs, or can obtain a part-time job before going off to university. If desired, grade 12 students can take two Blyth Academy 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 Thornhill 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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