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Blyth Academy Downsview Park

   
7-75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Ontario, M3K 2B9
75 Carl Hall Road, Unit 7, North York, Ontario,
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Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
5 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$12,995 to $50,000 /year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Varies

School Address
7-75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Ontario, M3K 2B9

About this school:

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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.

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The Our Kids review of Blyth Academy Downsview Park

our takeWhereas 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, today including a campus in Washington DC. A majority host summer programs, night and weekend classes, intended to provide challenge or support for students of the school, or those interested only in specific courses. And on it goes … there are further international programs, year-long study abroad program under the Blyth Global High School banner, as well as online/distance course offerings. There are even March break courses, both here and abroad.

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.





Upcoming Events Next event: January 13, 2018

upcoming events
  • January 13, 2018Open House
    Blyth Academy Downsview Park, 7-75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, January 13 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Meet the Principal and tour the campus. Learn about how Blyth Academy Downsview Park will help your child thrive academically and personally.


  • January 22, 2018Open Morning
    Blyth Academy Downsview Park, 7-75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Ontario
    Join us Monday, January 22 from 09:00 am - 11:00 am

    Come and see the campus in actions. Meet the Principals, teachers and learn about what life at Blyth Academy Downsview Park is like.


  • February 26, 2018Open Morning
    Blyth Academy Downsview Park, 7-75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Ontario
    Join us Monday, February 26 from 09:00 am - 11:00 am

    Come and see the campus in actions. Meet the Principals, teachers and learn about what life at Blyth Academy Downsview Park is like.


  • March 19, 2018Open Morning
    Blyth Academy Downsview Park, 7-75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Ontario
    Join us Monday, March 19 from 09:00 am - 11:00 am

    Come and see the campus in actions. Meet the Principals, teachers and learn about what life at Blyth Academy Downsview Park is like.


  • April 07, 2018Open House
    Blyth Academy Downsview Park, 7-75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, April 07 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Meet the Principal and tour the campus. Learn about how Blyth Academy Downsview Park will help your child thrive academically and personally.


  • April 16, 2018Open Morning
    Blyth Academy Downsview Park, 7-75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Ontario
    Join us Monday, April 16 from 09:00 am - 11:00 am

    Come and see the campus in actions. Meet the Principals, teachers and learn about what life at Blyth Academy Downsview Park is like.


  • May 14, 2018Open Morning
    Blyth Academy Downsview Park, 7-75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Ontario
    Join us Monday, May 14 from 09:00 am - 11:00 am

    Come and see the campus in actions. Meet the Principals, teachers and learn about what life at Blyth Academy Downsview Park is like.


  • June 11, 2018Open Morning
    Blyth Academy Downsview Park, 7-75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Ontario
    Join us Monday, June 11 from 09:00 am - 11:00 am

    Come and see the campus in actions. Meet the Principals, teachers and learn about what life at Blyth Academy Downsview Park is like.


  • June 23, 2018Open Morning
    Blyth Academy Downsview Park, 7-75 Carl Hall Road, North York, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, June 23 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Come and see the campus in actions. Meet the Principals, teachers and learn about what life at Blyth Academy Downsview Park is like.



Principal's Message

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Adam Hurley, Principal

Adam Hurley is the Principal of Blyth Academy Downsview Park School for Elite Athletes. He brings with him a wealth of experience teaching, coaching, and developing student-athletes. Educated at the University of Toronto (BPHE, B.Ed., M.Ed.), Adam employs his belief of reaching all students in order to maximize their potential at Blyth Academy. As an advocate for lifelong learning, Adam ensures that students develop a passion and enthusiasm towards education, while teaching his students the life skills necessary to be successful in their future. As a professionally trained Science, Math and Physical Education specialist, Adam promotes experiential learning, while integrating science and technology into the classroom. Adam is very passionate about the combination of elite academics and athletics at Blyth Academy Downsview Park and is excited to see the campus continue to grow.


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Blyth Downsview Park says: Blyth Academy Downsview Park offers a private school experience that focuses on personalized education, very small class sizes and experiential learning. This unique approach to education has met with enthusiastic response and success among students and parents since Blyth Academy opened our doors over 37 years ago. Today we are Canada’s largest private high school, with campuses throughout Ontario. Blyth Academy offers an academic experience that is significantly different from other private and public schools. The core principle at Blyth Academy is to provide care and empathy to our students. Designed as boutique schools, Blyth Academy’s limited enrollment enables teachers and staff to provide personalized teaching and individual care both in and out of class. Our approach is designed to fully engage the students in the academic process with a genuine learning experience founded upon curiosity, creativity, and innovative thinking.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Discovery Math

      Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.


    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.



    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Blyth Downsview Park says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Blyth Downsview Park offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Blyth Downsview Park does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     Grades5678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Location
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

    What Blyth Downsview Park says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What Blyth Downsview Park says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Squash
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Golf
    • Clubs Offered
      School newspaper
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    This information is not currently available.



    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)5 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    This information is not currently available.

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)


    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Blyth Academy Downsview Park

    “We are very pleased with the engaging academic program that our son is receiving at Blyth Downsview. The approach fosters creative and innovative thinking as well as a genuine learning experience. The bar is set high for excellence! Coupled with this are many opportunities for student-athletes to engage in sports-specific and fitness training throughout their regular school day, making this an ideal choice! We sincerely thank all the staff for an amazing start up this year! We highly recommend Blyth Academy Downsview Park for anyone who’s looking for an academic and an athletic program catering to the needs of student athletes!!! Furthermore, the administration is top notch! Highly responsive to both students and parents, always communicating and keeping families in the know. At Blyth Downsview, we truly feel part of the family and part of an extraordinary journey of excellence in athletics and education.”

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