Your child’s journey at Blyth Academy Thornhill continues in our Foundations Program, where our 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
Planning & time management
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. Our students also gain the ability to think independently, analytically, and critically.
FOUNDATION PROGRAM ACADEMICS
The academic year of the Blyth Academy Thornhill Foundation Program is divided into four terms of ten and half weeks. This cutting-edge restructuring of the traditional academic school year has dramatic benefits for our students. Our Foundations students will enrol in 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 structure allows our students to manage their academic workload much more effectively. Two-hour classes, taken five days a week, provide more time for in-depth review and for individual attention from the teacher 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 life skills portion of the Foundation Program is taught in 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:
PHILOSOPHY OF THE FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM
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 academics 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.
IN THE COMMUNITY
Part of the learning experience in the Foundations Program at our Thornhill Academy takes place outside of the classroom. Study and Life skills are developed in partnership with the Personal Greatness Project, which is conducted in the natural surroundings of Muskoka to encourage self-exploration and self-empowerment. We believe experiential learning leads to the development of a greater sense of self, peers and the world.
Students who successfully complete the Foundations Program will move into their Senior years at Blyth Academy Thornhill, strongly connected to the mission of the school and its three truths:
- Care and empathy for students on academic, intellectual and personal levels is essential to success.
- Brilliant hands-on, experiential teaching in small classes engages students and produces the best results.
- 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.