UNIVERSITY PREPARATION PROGRAM
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 throughout the school year 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.
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 programs like volleyball and basketball.
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, sports 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 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 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:
Cooperative Education is the fastest growing area of Secondary School Education. Our Guidance Counsellors work hard to ensure students are presented with the best possible learning opportunities outside of the school by engaging in advanced planning with each student and communicating with local institutions of interest.
Our students have had co-op placements at various institutions in a wide variety of fields of work including organizations dedicated to the field of Neonatal Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Science, Technology, Education & Mathematics/Music, theatre, children’s entertainment, autism spectrum disorder research, advertising & marketing, and pet care and health.