New Blyth Academy Online Course: IDC4U Passion Projects

New Blyth Academy Online Course - IDC4U Passion Projects

Blyth Academy Online is excited to announce the launch of our new course: IDC4U – Passion Projects.

IDC4U Passion Projects allows students to examine and develop skills that transfer to multiple subject areas and develop critical thinking skills. This course is completely student-driven, allowing them to tailor it to their specific learning goals and passions. Students have the freedom to focus on a particular interest using the vast library of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) that exist through a number of reputable institutions. Students will work with their selected MOOC as well as Blyth Academy Online to earn a high school credit (IDC4U – Interdisciplinary Studies). Students will meet the expectations of the Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum while simultaneously learning about a topic of personal interest, whether it be Financial Markets (offered by Yale University) or Machine Learning (offered by Stanford University).

This course joins over 120 other high school courses that Blyth Academy Online offers to students looking for Ontario Secondary School credits. To read more about the course, please view the course page below.

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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