Is Private Education Right for Your Child?

Private school is too expensive. Private school is for elites. All private schools are the same.

There are many misconceptions when it comes to private education and with the provincial government’s announcement to make significant changes to the Ontario education system, parents are starting to weigh their options — and private school just might be one of them.

Private education isn’t just for the elite, it can appeal to a diverse group of students. We’ve put together a list of benefits to help answer the question: is private school right for my child?

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Smaller class sizes

One of the major benefits of private education is the opportunity for smaller class sizes. At Blyth Academy, we uphold an average class size of eight students to help open up the classroom for one-on-one learning, round table discussions, and the chance to stand out.

Small class in session

Personalized learning

In a traditional high school classroom of 25 students or more, it’s easy to hide behind your peers. Based on our model, no student goes unnoticed. Smaller classes allow teachers get to know each individual including their learning style and interests of study so they can develop a personalized academic plan. Those who need to improve in certain areas can receive the attention they need to succeed in high school and beyond.

teacher working with student 1-on-1

Enticing electives

When student and staff feel like they are a part of a community of shared interests and goals, the lines of communication are wide open and it’s easy to gauge the pulse of the student body and the subjects they are most interested in. At Blyth Academy, our students choose the electives they want to take, to encourage them to fully engage in the course material.

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Learning with Guidance

A higher GPA is something that private schools work hard to provide, however, higher grades does not guarantee success in postsecondary school. Our teaching and guidance staff ensures that every student is accountable for his or her academic progress. By working one-on-one with guidance counsellors, they can forge a path to success through hard work and responsibility — skills that will help them during postsecondary.

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Flexible schedules

Private schools have the ability to take a different approach to the academic school year. At Blyth Academy, students Grades 9 to 12 follow a two-semester, four-term schedule, with only two subjects per term. Though unconventional, this dynamic restructuring of the traditional school year allows students to concentrate on two subjects at a time to encourage a deeper understanding of course material and exploration of interests of study.


Though private education does require tuition fees, they vary across all schools. Blyth Academy is committed to offering affordable tuition so that more students can access our school’s many benefits. We make a conscious effort to stay below the average cost for private education in Ontario.

Whether you are considering private education for your child or you are curious as to what a day in the life for our students entails, we encourage you to book a campus visit at one of our 12 locations across Ontario.

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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