The Blyth Academy Yorkville Experience

The Blyth Academy Yorkville campus is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Toronto in a stunning, newly renovated historic building. With its close proximity to the TTC, we welcome students from across the city and the GTA.

Our centralized location gives us direct access to some of the most exciting cultural and entertainment venues the city has to offer. Our academic partnerships include the ROM, University of Toronto, the AGO, and TIFF, which are only steps away from the campus. Students have the opportunity to take part in outstanding experiential learning outside of the classroom as well as welcome prominent and influential guest speakers into our campus.

At Blyth Academy Yorkville we demonstrate high academic standards while maintaining an inclusive culture. The teaching staff and student body are community-oriented and accepting of all students. Our school has an average class size of eight, which allows our educators to spend significant individualized time with each student while delivering a broad range of courses. When we combine great teaching with genuine care for student wellbeing and academic success, wonderful things happen, and our students flourish personally and academically.

At Blyth Academy Yorkville we offer an outstanding Grades 9–12 program.
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, gives students access to over 100 high school courses 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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

Yorkville 
Grade Level9–12
Students180
Average Class Size7 Students
Foundation Programs Offered?Yes
Classrooms12
LabsScience
Notable Student ClubsStudent Council, Model United Nations, Music, Culture Vulture, Comic Book, Workout, Community Outreach, Social Events
Student EventsGraduation and Prom, school trips, fall and winter activity days, travel opportunities, university tour
Extracurricular Sports:Intramural sports include volleyball and basketball.
Other FacilitiesStudent lounge, student commons, rooftop patio, art room
PartnershipsAGO, ROM, TIFF Bell Lightbox, The Gardiner Museum, Outward Bound at the Evergreen Brickworks, Goodlife Fitness, various community outreach partners.
Part-Time Courses Offered?Yes, evening and weekends
Private Courses Offered?Yes
Summer School Offered?Yes
Address85 St. Nicholas Street, Toronto, ON, M4Y 1W8
Telephone Number647-347-0958
BSID:666580

THE CAMPUS

The Blyth Academy Yorkville campus is located in a historic building in the middle of one of the most diverse cities in North America. Our classrooms and common areas have recently undergone renovations to create a bright, inviting learning environment. Students have access to our brand-new Student Commons area where they can gather, learn and study throughout the day. Our computer desktop bar gives them easy access to homework assignments, while the Art Studio has optimal light for creativity, and the kitchenette adds great value to our culinary arts classes. Students get the chance to showcase their artistic side during our Coffee Houses, which we host throughout the year for parents, faculty and fellow classmates. Across the campus, we have redesigned our Student Lounge where grades 9-12 can retreat between periods. Our new rooftop patio provides plenty of sun during the spring and summer months. Yoga classes, music sessions and frequent BBQs bring students together throughout the week.

THE COMMUNITY

Experiential learning is at the forefront of our academics. We take students outside the classroom to learn through experience and create a deeper connection to the community. Thanks to our central location, students have great opportunities to learn away from their desks.
 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING IN THE COMMUNITY
  • The R.O.M.
  • The AGO
  • The Gardiner Museum
  • U of T
  • Toronto Courthouse
  • City Hall
  • Queen’s Park
  • Bata Shoe Museum
  • TIFF
  • Casa Loma
  • Edward Gardens
  • Spadina Museum
  • The Don River Valley Park
  • Allen Gardens

PARENT COMMUNICATION / STUDENT SUPPORT

At Blyth Academy Yorkville, we pride ourselves on maintaining open lines of communication between teaching and administration staff, and our parents, in both a formal and informal way.

FORMAL COMMUNICATION

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.
 

EDSBY REPORTING

Blyth Academy uses the Edsby 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.
 

INFORMAL COMMUNICATION

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.
 

GUIDANCE

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.
 

EXTRACURRICULAR

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.

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LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

DEAR PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS AND PARENTS

Located in the heart of the world’s most diverse city, Blyth Academy Yorkville draws on the resources of Toronto including the Royal Ontario Museum, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Arts. Our school space is designed to be cheerful and collaborative, and teachers and students forge trusting meaningful relationships; indeed the connection between teacher and student is the strongest predictor of future success and achievement and happiness.

Our proximity to Yonge and Bloor provides us one of the most exciting and diverse student bodies in the city, and at Blyth teenagers make friendships and solve problems of knowledge in a spirit of curiosity and co-operation.  We also aim to keep a close eye on wellness and are always able and willing to listen to students, and their families. Along with the unmatched online and international outreach of Blyth Education, we offer several extra-curricular activities including student council, prom committee, yoga, Model UN, and Art.  If we don’t have a club that a student wants, we’ll make one.

Students graduate from Blyth Academy Yorkville and proceed to leading universities in Canada and beyond; intentionally small, we have talented and knowledgeable counsellors for advice on colleges and universities.

Education has never been more important and is the greatest gift we can give our children.

I welcome meeting you and sharing everything this exceptional school offers.

Warm Regards,

Michael Booth

Principal, Blyth Academy Yorkville

Book an Interview with the principal: Michael Booth

BLYTH ACADEMY YORKVILLE TEAM

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 Academy, students frequently respond by saying that they feel a sense of personal respect for – and responsibility to – the teacher.
 

MICHAEL BOOTH
PRINCIPAL

Michael Booth has an outstanding track record of engaging, challenging and developing students’ passion for learning. A seasoned teacher at both secondary and post-secondary levels, he has a B.A. from McGill University in Anthropology and Film Studies and a M.A. from New York University in Cinema Studies, Culture and Media. Michael has studied and taught in several top media studies programs in North America for over ten years. More recently he taught at Loyola University in Chicago in the Department of Communication, English and Middle Eastern Studies. Prior to his international experience, Michael began his schooling and teaching at Upper Canada College, and thus has an excellent understanding of the Canadian private school system

PRINCIPAL:

Michael Booth

mbooth@blytheducation.com

Adam de Pencier - Principal of Blyth Academy Yorkville

HEAD OF GUIDANCE

Jessica Lewis

jessica.lewis@blytheducation.com

Jessica Lewis - Blyth Academy Yorkville Head of Guidance

CAMPUS ADMINISTRATOR

Cindy Xu Xin

Cindy.XuXin@blytheducation.com

CAMPUS SCHEDULES

DAILY SCHEDULE

GRADES 9-12

PeriodTime
Period 18:40am – 10:55am
Period 211:00am – 1:15pm
Lunch1:15pm – 1:45pm
Period 31:45pm – 4:00pm

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

2018/19 DatesHolidays
October 5Holiday
October 8Thanksgiving
December 24 - January 4Winter Break
February 18Family Day
March 11 - March 15March Break
April 19Good Friday
April 22Easter Monday
May 20Victoria Day

TERM SCHEDULE

2018/19
GRADE 9–12: TERM SCHEDULE OVERVIEW
Term 1Thursday, September 6th, 2018 - Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
Term 1 - Exam DaysMonday, November 12th, 2018 & Tuesday, November 13th, 2018
PD DayWednesday, November 14th, 2018
Term 2Thursday, November 15th, 2018 - Friday, February 1st, 2019
Term 2 - Exam DaysThursday, January 31st, 2019 & Friday, February 1st, 2019
PD DayMonday, February 4th, 2019
Term 3Tuesday, February 5th, 2019 - Thursday, April 18th, 2019
Term 3 - Exam DaysWednesday, April 17th, 2019 & Thursday, April 18th, 2019
PD DayTuesday, April 23rd, 2019
Term 4Wednesday, April 24th, 2019 - Friday, June 28th, 2019
Term 4 - Exam DaysThursday, June 27th, 2019 - Friday, June 28th, 2019
Term 5Summer School starts on Wednesday, July 3rd or August 6th, 2019

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FOUNDATIONS PROGRAM (GRADES 9-10)

Your child’s journey at Blyth Academy Yorkville starts 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
  • Study skills
  • Financial literacy
  • Creative thinking
  • Planning & time management
  • Community services
  • Personal nutrition
  • 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. Our students also gain 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
1:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Period 3
4:15 pm Day ends

 

ACADEMICS

The academic year of the Blyth Academy Yorkville 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:

Grade 9 | Grade 10
 

FACILITIES

In our Foundations Program, students can take advantage of all of our Yorkville campus facilities, including our science labs, newly renovated student lounge and student commons with kitchenette facilities and computer desktop bar for study.

Our student clubs include Rowing Club, Math Club, Film Club Yearbook, and Science Club.

Students can stay active in our intramural sports like volleyball and basketball.

  • Classrooms: 12
  • Smartboards: 2
  • Labs: Science
  • Convenient, central location
  • Plenty of local lunch options
  • Close to transit

 

IN THE COMMUNITY

As part of the Foundations Program at Blyth Academy Yorkville, our faculty invites community leaders and experts in relevant life skills to attend our schools and share their knowledge and experiences with our students throughout the school year. It combines the required curriculum with ‘real-world’ instruction to provide students with an unparalleled understanding of essential subjects.
 

PHILOSOPHY

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 academic subjects like Math, Science, English, and Social Sciences at Blyth Academy Yorkville 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.

Our Yorkville academy provides a wide offering of Study and Life skills in partnership with community organizations like The ROM, The Gardiner Museum, Toronto Courthouse, U of T, and the Toronto Reference Library for private study.
Learning outside of the classroom encourages students to develop 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 Yorkville, 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 extracurricular program as well as community-involvement opportunities in their neighbourhoods and around the world.

UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM (GRADES 11-12)

A student’s journey at Blyth Academy Yorkville culminates in the University Preparation Program for Grades 11 and 12. Here, preparing for post-secondary education is the primary focus, with an increased focus on developing opinions, interpreting information, and independent learning. Our classrooms are designed to encourage participation in small group settings by accommodating regular round-table discussions.

Thanks to our centralized location, our campus is home to a diverse group of students. Our experienced guidance counsellors take a vested interest in our students’well being by offering workshops for both personal and academic growth. They 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

 

FACILITIES

In our University Preparation Program students can take advantage of all of our Yorkville campus facilities, including our science labs, newly renovated student lounge and student commons with kitchenette facilities and computer desktop bar for study.

Our student clubs include Rowing Club, Math Club, Film Club Yearbook, and Science Club.

Students can stay active in our intramural sports like volleyball and basketball.

  • Classrooms: 12
  • Smartboards: 2
  • Labs: Science
  • Convenient, central location
  • Plenty of local lunch options
  • Close to transit

 

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, sports training, or other homework.

Students entering grade 12 at Blyth Academy Yorkville 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 Yorkville 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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