General Campus Information

The Blyth Academy Whitby Experience

Blyth Academy Whitby is conveniently located in the Durham Region. The school is located in the heart of the old downtown centre of Whitby, close to the Public Library, Peel Park, and plenty of local shops, restaurants, and galleries. This campus is readily accessible with easy bus access and surrounded by municipal pay parking.

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 Whitby we offer not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle school program and facilities for students in Grades 6–8.

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.

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

 
WHITBY
Grade Level: 6–12
Students: 60
Average Class Size: 7 Students
Foundations Program Offered? Yes
Classrooms: 10
Smartboards: 2
Labs: Computer and Science
Notable Student Clubs: Student Council, Community Outreach, Social Events
Student Events: Graduation and Prom, school trips, fall and winter activity days, travel opportunities, university tour, House Events
Extracurricular Sports: Intramural sports teams available
Other facilities: Student Lounge and kitchen facilities, convenient pick up and drop off areas, local lunch options available. Hot lunch programs available 3 or 5 days a week.
Partnerships: AGO, Twist Whitby Conditioning, ROM, Station Gallery, Whitby Public Library, Mrs. T’s lunch program and various community outreach partners.
Part-Time Courses Offered? Yes, evening and weekends
Private Courses Offered? Yes
Summer School Offered? Yes
Address: 209 Dundas Street East, Suite 105, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 7H8
BSID: 666899
Parent Communication

Formal Communication

Blyth Academy Whitby 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.

Plus Portals

Blyth Academy uses the PlusPortals online system to keep parents and students up to date on all grades and class attendance on an ongoing basis.

Click to access Whitby PlusPortals.

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.

Guidance

Our 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 Whitby 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.

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. 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. Our student body includes competitive freestyle skiers, ballet dancers, figure skaters, equestrians, hockey players, and other elite student athletes. To find out more about how Blyth Academy may be right for your elite student athlete, click here.

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 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.

Blyth Academy Whitby has partnerships with Abilities Centre, AGO, Outward Bound at the Evergreen Brickworks, ROM, Station Gallery, Whitby Public Library, Habitat for Humanity Durham, various community outreach partners.

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Teaching Faculty

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 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.

Kim Hacker
Principal, Blyth Academy Whitby

Prior to becoming Principal of Blyth Academy Whitby, Kim Hacker was Guidance Counsellor and teacher at the Academy, gaining experience with Blyth’s philosophy of education. She has developed a great love for experiential education through working with Blyth’s local education partners, and she comes with a wide breadth of experience with the independent and private school sector, including boarding schools. With a background in English and Humanities, combined with her love of helping students excel, Kim Hacker is able to help her students foster a love of learning in a variety of subject areas. She is very passionate about Blyth Academy Whitby and all it has to offer the Whitby community.

Click to book an Interview with the principal

Guidance Counsellor: Kelly Jamieson-Drachenberg

Campus Administrator: Sarah Oakley

Principal:

Kim Hacker

kim.hacker@blytheducation.com

Guidance Counsellor:

Kelly Jamieson-Drachenberg

kelly.jd@blytheducation.com

Campus Administrator

Sarah Oakley

sarah.oakley@blytheducation.com

CAMPUS SCHEDULES

Daily Schedules

Grades 6-8

PeriodTime
Homeroom8:30am – 8:45am
Language Arts OR Math (depending on grade)8:45am – 9:45am
Social Studies OR Science9:45am – 10:30am
Recess10:30am – 10:45am
French10:45am – 11:30am
Lunch11:30am – 12:15pm
Math OR Language Arts12:15pm – 1:15pm
Science OR Social Studies1:15pm – 2:00pm
Recess2:00pm – 2:15pm
Arts or PE/health (depending on day)2:15pm – 3:30pm
Optional after-school extra help3:30pm – 4:10pm

Grades 9-12

PeriodTime
Period 18:20am – 10:35am
Period 210:40am – 1:00pm
Lunch1:00pm – 1:30pm
Period 31:30pm – 3:45pm
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
For all Grades
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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The Lower School (Grades 6-8)

Lower School Program

About our Lower School Programs

Your child’s Blyth Academy journey begins in our Lower 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 6–8 students as university-bound, but they indeed are! The Blyth Academy Lower 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.

LOWER SCHOOL TIMETABLE
 
9:00 am Physical Education or Art Curriculum
11.15 am Homeroom / Current Events
11.30 am Language Arts
12.30 pm Lunch
1:00 pm Science
1.45 pm Recess
2:00 pm Math
3.30 pm Day ends

 

Lower School Academics

Blyth Academy Lower 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:

Grade 6 | Grade 7 | Grade 8

The 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 services
  • Personal nutrition
  • Improving academic achievement
FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM TIMETABLE
*times may be adjusted slightly by campus
9:00 am Period 1
11:15 am Period 2
1:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Period 3
4:15 pm Day ends

Foundation Program Academics

The academic year of the Blyth Academy 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 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 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:

Grade 9
Grade 10

Foundations Program Facilities

Our Foundations Program students can take advantage of all of our campus facilities, including science labs, student lounges, kitchenette facilities, student clubs, and intramural sports teams.

Foundations Program in the Community

As part of the Foundations Program at Blyth Academy, 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 that provides students with an unparalleled understanding of these essential subjects.

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 Academy, 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 Foundation 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 Academy, 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 extra- curricular program as well as community-involvement opportunities in their neighbourhoods and around the world.
The University Preparation Program (Grades 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
1:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Period 3
4:15 pm Day ends

University Preparation Program Facilities

Our Foundations Program students can take advantage of all of our campus facilities, including science labs, student lounges, kitchenette facilities, student clubs, and intramural sports teams.

University Preparation Program in the Community

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, 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, 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 Waterloo 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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