The Blyth Academy Waterloo Experience
At Blyth Academy Waterloo we are building an active and dynamic school community. We have a range of extra-curricular opportunities inclusive of student council, prom committee, DECA, mathematics and computer science clubs and contests, coding workshops as well as various other activities of interest to our students.
Our school has an average class size of seven 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 Waterloo we offer not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle school program and facilities for students in Grades 7–8.
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 Academy difference.
|Average Class Size:||7 Students|
|Foundations Program Offered?||Yes|
|Labs:||Computer and Science|
|Notable Student Clubs:||
Student Council, DECA, Mathematics and Computer Science, Clubs and Contests, Science Fair, Coding Club
Graduation and Prom, school field trips to Perimeter Institute, CIGI, Communitech, Google, UW, WLU, The Museum, KPL, travel opportunities, fall and winter activity days, university tours and fairs
|Extracurricular Sports:||Intramural sports teams available|
|Enrichment Programs||Problem solving workshops led by Masters/PhD students, Pre-AP and AP study sessions, coding workshops, UW Math and CS Competition Prep, Internships and Co-Op Placements, Wellness and time management workshops, DECA Competition, Guest Speakers, Community Service opportunities, collaborative learning with D2L and Perimeter Institute|
|Other facilities:||Student Lounge and kitchen facilities, convenient pick up and drop off areas, local lunch options available.|
Centre for International Governance Innovation, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, UW, WLU, Communitech, Google, D2L
|Bus Service Offered?||No|
|Part-Time Courses Offered?||Yes, evening and weekends|
|Private Courses Offered?||Yes|
|Summer School Offered?||Yes|
|Address:||260 King Street W, Kitchener ON N2G 4Z9|
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.
Blyth Academy Waterloo’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. Click to find out more about how Blyth Academy may be right for your elite student athlete.
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 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 Barrie Blyth Hockey Academy, which partners a coach-led training program with the academic rigour of Blyth Academy is just one example of our commitment to our athletes.
More information on our integrated athletic program
Accessible Staff, Accessible Administration
There is nothing more important to us than the happiness and academic success of our students. Each Blyth Academy 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 Academy, 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
At Blyth Academy Waterloo, we pride ourselves on maintaining open lines of communication between teaching and administration staff, and our parents, in both a formal and informal way.
Our campus 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.
Blyth Academy uses the Edsby 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.
Every Administrator, Head of School, 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.
Our campus has a dedicated and compassionate guidance counsellor 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.
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.
Many of our campuses feature lunch facilities, student lounges, computer labs, and easy access to public transit.
Letter from the Principal
Dear Prospective Students and Parents,
At Blyth Academy Waterloo we take pride in delivering a well rounded, personalized education that focuses on the development of the student both academically and personally. Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be successful in an ever changing world while instilling a passion for learning. Students will graduate from Blyth Academy Waterloo well prepared for successful entry to the best universities in Canada, the USA and abroad.
We are committed to providing an environment where all students become creative, independent and critical thinkers and will provide an enriched program for students who are passionate about mathematics, science and computer science. Students will study in an environment embedded in the “Innovation District” in Kitchener-Waterloo, in close proximity to Communitech, Google, Desire2Learn as well as other successful companies in the high tech sector. Our location near the transit hub allows easy access to two major universities: University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University and their related institutes: Centre for International Governance Innovation, Perimeter Institute, Centre for Quantum Computing and the Lazaridis Institute. Our partnerships with these organizations will greatly enhance the student experience and provide opportunities for meaningful experiential learning.
At Blyth Academy Waterloo we are building an active and dynamic school community. We have a range of extra-curricular opportunities in which all students are encouraged to participate. These include student council, prom committee, DECA, mathematics and computer science clubs and contests, coding workshops as well as various other activities of interest to our students.
Please contact me to learn more about Blyth Academy Waterloo. I look forward to meeting you.
Principal, Blyth Academy Waterloo
Blyth Academy Waterloo Team
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 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, students frequently respond by saying that they feel a sense of personal respect for – and responsibility to – the teacher.
Head of School, Blyth Academy Waterloo
Ms. Young earned her Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo followed by her Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario and began her career as a mathematics and computer science teacher in the Waterloo Region over 30 years ago. She has built an enviable reputation within education leading Mathematics Departments and working as Vice-Principal and the Principal in four of the region’s largest secondary school. In 2010, her school community nominated her, and she subsequently received, the Stewart Award for Teacher Excellence. Not content with excelling in Ontario, Ms. Young has a passion for working with students on the international aspect of education and has led student in their studies in Europe and South America during March break and summer programs over the past 12 years.
All Grades 7-12
|Period 1||8:40am – 10:45am|
|Period 2||10:50am – 1:05pm|
|Lunch||1:05pm – 1:35pm|
|Period 3||1:35pm – 3:50pm|
|December 24 - January 4||Winter Break|
|February 18||Family Day|
|March 11 - March 15||March Break|
|April 19||Good Friday|
|April 22||Easter Monday|
|May 20||Victoria Day|
GRADE 9–12: TERM SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
|Term 1||Thursday, September 6th, 2018 - Tuesday, November 13th, 2018|
|Term 1 - Exam Days||Monday, November 12th, 2018 & Tuesday, November 13th, 2018|
|PD Day||Wednesday, November 14th, 2018|
|Term 2||Thursday, November 15th, 2018 - Friday, February 1st, 2019|
|Term 2 - Exam Days||Thursday, January 31st, 2019 & Friday, February 1st, 2019|
|PD Day||Monday, February 4th, 2019|
|Term 3||Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 - Thursday, April 18th, 2019|
|Term 3 - Exam Days||Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 & Thursday, April 18th, 2019|
|PD Day||Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019|
|Term 4||Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 - Friday, June 28th, 2019|
|Term 4 - Exam Days||Thursday, June 27th, 2019 - Friday, June 28th, 2019|
|Term 5||Summer School starts on Wednesday, July 3rd or August 6th, 2019|
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Middle School (Grade 7-8)
Your child’s Blyth Academy journey begins in our Middle School program, where academic excellence and compassionate student care intersect to prepare our youngest students for success.
It is often overwhelming to think of our Grade 7–8 students as university-bound, but they indeed are! The Blyth Academy Middle School Program immerses students into an academic setting reminiscent of the very best post-secondary institutions; very small class sizes (averaging under eight students), roundtable discussions as opposed to desk-based lessons, and rich, experiential learning opportunities outside of the classroom introduce students to this new way of learning.
Students will begin to gain confidence as they transition from the more rigid school environment to the Blyth Academy model, where students are encouraged to participate, where every seat is a front row seat, and no-one is left behind. The class environment is highly interactive as teachers are able to fully engage in meaningful discussion and give individual attention. The Blyth Academy model has been proven year after year to increase academic success through constant feedback and the ability to customize learning to the individual, something that is impossible in a larger classroom setting.
Participation builds confidence, self-esteem, and empathy, valuable life skills that form the foundation of a happy, engaged, and academically successful child who is heard and understood.
Middle School Academics
Blyth Academy Middle School students enjoy the entire Ontario curriculum, including a rich arts, music, drama, physical education, and health program, in a standard eight-class day. Each class lasts 45 minutes, after which assignments and other homework are presented.
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:
Foundations Program (Grade 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
Planning & time management
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|
|9:00 am||Period 1|
|11:15 am||Period 2|
|2:00 pm||Period 3|
|4:15 pm||Day ends|
Foundations Program Facilities
Our Foundations Program students can take advantage of all of our campus facilities, including computer and science labs, student lounges, kitchenette facilities, student clubs, and intramural sports teams.
Foundations Program in the Community
As part of the Foundations Program at our London campus, 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.
Foundations Program Academics
The academic year of the Blyth Academy Foundations 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 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 daily spanning the entire academic year), meaning that our 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.
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 Foundations Program is taught in their third “spare” period.
Blyth Academy London 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 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 from one another and the real lives of students, will be fully integrated in actual experience. 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.
The Foundations Program, our Academy wide offering of Study and Life skills in partnership with community organizations, provides unparalleled opportunities for personal and academic growth within the intermediate division. Each 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 the disciplines of Math, Science, English, and the Social Sciences and makes them relevant to their lives. Students will derive a more meaningful educational experience by explicitly examining the way in which what they learn in their traditional classes impacts on 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:
- 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 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)
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 weekly 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|
|9:00 am||Period 1|
|11:15 am||Period 2|
|2:00 pm||Period 3|
|4:15 pm||Day ends|
University Preparation Program: Facilities
Our University Preparation Program students can take advantage of all of our campus facilities, including computer and science labs, student lounges, kitchenette facilities, student clubs, and intramural sports teams.
University Preparation Program: 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 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 daily spanning the entire academic year), meaning that our 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.
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 exercise programs, sport 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 then are 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: