Whitby Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What makes your campus unique?

A. We have two separate campuses – one for our Middle School students in Grades 6-8, and another for our high school students in Grades 9-12. We are small and caring, which means everyone knows everyone else, and we take care of each other. We are nurturing, while at the same time being academically rigorous, which allows students to see their innate potential. We put students first and treat everyone as an individual.

Q. How would you describe your student body?

A. There’s not one correct way to describe the student body, because everyone is so different. We have athletes that work hard in the classroom until lunch time and then head off to the training facility to work even harder. We have students who have come from us from difficult social or academic situations and are looking for a new start. We have students who want to succeed more than anything and are going to try everything in their power to do so. And then we have students for whom every single day is a struggle, but if they’re given the support needed, they will overcome every obstacle in front of them. Our student body is multi-faceted, ambitious, and unique in their own ways.

Q. What are your most popular courses?

A. As educators, it is our job to make every course a “popular” course. And we do that every day at Blyth Academy Whitby. We offer a wide range of traditional courses such as English, math, science, business and physical education; however, we also offer equity and gender studies, world cultures and religion courses, as well as a wide range of social science, physical education and arts courses.

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

A. We like to react to what students are looking for when creating our clubs. We’re a small school so we don’t have sports teams, but we do take a few eager kids who want to play baseball or soccer to a local park for a sports club in the fall and spring. We also have a Student Council to allow our students leadership opportunities. We look for what our teachers excel in as well. Perhaps they are passionate about one of the following:
environmental stewardship
LGBTQ issues
comic books
social justice
video games
… and want to share that passion with the students. But above all, once we identify our students’ interests, we are going to do our best to curate a club that appeals to them.

Q. What is experiential learning?

A. Essentially, experiential learning is seeing the why and how behind the learning and looking beyond the curriculum at the world around us. It’s not unusual to see the science teachers doing labs outside, or history teachers taking students to museums and hearing Holocaust survivors speak, or English teachers taking students to see plays on stage. The goal is to combine the books and the studying with lived experiences that will allow students to fully engage with and grasp the material even better than they could before. 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 within and 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. If you want to try out a new environment where your child isn’t just a body in a classroom, Blyth Academy Whitby is a great choice.

If they’ve struggled in another educational environment, or have struggled around their peers, this is a safe place for them. Our students are inclusive and helpful, and although many students come in worried about the transition to a new school, within a few days they feel like they’ve been here forever. It’s a fresh start, and sometimes, for a teenager struggling with who they are, that could be the biggest thing they need.

If you have high aspirations for postsecondary, we are the right place. Grade 12 Calculus sounds daunting when you’re trying to figure it out with 30 other kids, but how about a situation where you’re learning it with six other students, and your teacher is there every step of the way to make sure you understand it and excel? We have a great university acceptance rate and we can thank our teachers for that. Teachers at Blyth Academy Whitby are incredibly invested in the success of every student.

We offer small classes with an average size of eight, personalized education, compassionate teachers, strong parent/teacher communication at all grade levels, expert one-on-one guidance, and genuine care and concern for your child.

Every student matters at Blyth Academy Whitby.

Q. Most notable alumni?

A. Stephen Desrochers (Drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs in 2015)

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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