We offer a private school experience that focuses on personalized education, very small class sizes and experiential learning. Our academic program runs from grades 5-12 with small classroom sizes, and focuses on preparing students for post-secondary education and career training. In addition, the Downsview Park campus offers sport specific training integrated into the daily schedule, for student athletes specialized in hockey, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, squash and track and field.
- Small class size (average of 8-16)
- Flexible schedules
- Experimental learning approach
- Individualized programming
- Partnership with community organizations
- Certified, trained teachers
- 14 campuses in Ontario
- Comprehensive guidance support
- High performance sport programs
- Opportunity to study abroad via International Summers, Global High School, Blyth Academy Florence
Our Take: Blyth Academy Downsview Park
Whereas some schools are just that, schools, Blyth represents a range of programs at a range of locations. It was founded by Sam Blyth in 1977, and quickly established itself as a leader in global education with the creation of a Canadian high school in France, as well as an accredited program at Oxford University. Those global education programs provided a unique addition to the Canadian educational landscape.
With the creation of the first brick-and-mortar school here at home in 2002, Blyth applied the same concept to domestic education. In the intervening decades, the program has grown exponentially, now including 11 campuses which, together, represent the largest single private school student population in Canada. Still, the program continued to grow, including a fully live virtual campus, Blyth Academy Orbit. Blyth Academy offers summer school, and night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school or those interested only in specific courses.
Again, it's a lot, with a range of programs to support a wide range of students and academic goals. Again, for anyone who thinks of school in a traditional way—a building with classes—Blyth can be a lot to get your head around. Given the historical strength of the programs, however, it's very much worth the effort.
What does learning at Blyth Academy Downsview Park look like now?
We have prepared our campus to ensure that students continue to receive quality education in a safe and healthy environment. Full-time classes has resumed for the 2020-2021 school year with significant protocols and safeguards in place.
In these uncertain times, we believe that our students benefit greatly from the structure, social interaction and support our school provides them. We are committed to their continued learning and engagement in the full curriculum; they will be well prepared for their next steps, whether that is their next year of high school or a move to post-secondary studies. Our priority is to get students back on campus with health and safety at the forefront of our plan.
For students and families that may feel hesitant returning to school, we are offering full-time classes, held virtually, with live teacher-led classes, as well as the option for students to study at their own pace through Blyth Academy Online. Our team is prepared to work with each family to determine a solution for every student.
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