Waterloo Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What makes your campus unique?

A. 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: the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University and their related institutes: Centre for International Governance Innovation, Perimeter Institute, Institute 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.

Q. How would you describe your student body?

A. Our students are academically driven. They are generous, fun, hard-working, and smart.

Q. What are your most popular courses?

A. Math, English, Science, Business, Computer Science.

Q. What school clubs are available for students to join?

A. 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.

Q. What is experiential learning?

A. While learning in a classroom setting is important, so is learning within the community. Biology class by the lake, art class at an art gallery, political studies at city hall are learning opportunities you can’t have sitting at a desk. Success rates show that learning through experience encourages curiosity, develops high levels of participation, and creates a deeper connection to course material. We firmly believe that experiential learning beyond the classroom walls creates an enhanced connection to the community as well as the people and places within it.

Q. Why should I send my child here? Advantages?

A. We offer personalized learning experiences combined with experiential learning opportunities. Our dedicated staff focus on academic achievement and well-being and provide ongoing communication between school and families. Our school is a place where students thrive academically and socially/emotionally. We focus on critical and creative thinking skills, nurturing curiosity, innovation and student leadership.

Q. Most notable alumni?

A. Joel Pollack, winner of $100,000 Schulich Leadership Scholarship; Bill Le, DECA provincial executive for 2018-2019

Q. What is Edsby?

A. Parents/guardians play a vital role in their child’s education. We hold ourselves to the highest standard (quality and frequency) of communication between home and school. Edsby is a cloud-based tool that gives parents/guardians real-time access to their children’s attendance, schedules, activities, and academic progress. It is also a way to stay connected to teachers for the latest school news and information.

Q. Do you offer busing?

A. No, but we are easily accessible by public transit.


Get in touch with our campus to answer any further questions you may have.

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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