Don’t Slow Down This Summer

Top Five Reasons to Keep Learning all Season Long

student holding school books outside

Though summer school is usually thought of as a way to pass a failed class, it is not the only reason to take part! Here are the top five reasons why students should go the extra mile this summer:
 

Room for improvement

We all know the post-secondary admissions process has gotten super competitive – especially in Ontario! Maybe you aced all your classes, but you’re looking to really stand out in the crowd. Sometimes bringing that mark from a 90 to a 95 is the extra edge you need to impress the admissions officials at your top school!
 

A Spare

Don’t think of summer school as just a way to catch up – consider it a way to get way ahead! For instance, Blyth Academy often sees students who have just finished Grade 10 taking their Grade 11 English credit over the summer. Doing so helps those students free up a spare period in the fall for an extra elective, study time, or extracurricular activities.
 

A Turnt Transcript

The average Ontario high school student receives their diploma with 30 credits – imagine how a transcript packed with 36 credits earned over the same timespan looks to an admissions officer! Taking summer school courses can make you look like the over-achiever you are!
 

Find your passion

Full course load, extracurriculars, family, and part-time jobs can all lead to students feeling overextended during the regular school year. Summer school gives students the chance to explore a subject they are interested in but might have been putting off. Giving attention to one subject can lead to exploration of new ideas, and passions. In turn, it may influence an area of study in post-secondary.
 

Beat the Boredom

By the time August rolls around, long days of doing nothing can start to become monotonous and boring. Instead of hanging out next to the a/c all day refreshing your feeds, why not spend part of the day working on your future? In under a month, you can complete a course in less time than it takes to binge-watch a couple of seasons of your favourite Netflix show.

Thinking About Summer School?

Apply for summer school at Blyth Academy today

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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