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Blyth Academy London

   
441 Ridout Street North, London, Ontario, N6A 2P6

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Curriculum:
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
9 to 12 (Coed); 9 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$1,895 to 18,795/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
6 to 8
Enrolment:
Day: 64 (Gr. 9 - 12), Boarding: 5 (Gr. 9 - 12), Homestay: 13 (Gr. 11 - 12)

School Address
441 Ridout Street North, London, Ontario, N6A 2P6

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About this school:

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Blyth Academy is a flourishing private high school conveniently located in downtown London on the banks of the Thames. Blyth Academy London combines the rigorous curriculum expected of a top private school with the caring and empathetic staff of their day school and boarding program. With easy access to walking and cycling trails, open green spaces, and a boarding facility close to campus, Blyth Academy London is a welcome addition to this vibrant city.

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The Our Kids review of Blyth Academy London

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.





Principal's Message

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Jennifer Flynn-Clark, Principal

Welcome to Blyth Academy’s London campus! I would personally like to extend a warm welcome to you and your parents, and invite you to come visit us in the near future. Our school is an outstanding educational environment and we are committed to providing an integrated university preparatory education in a warm and caring setting. Our students are encouraged to do their best and are given the necessary support to help them in their studies and beyond.


Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts


  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Blyth Academy London 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.


    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      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 Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Blyth Academy London 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 Academy London 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 Academy London says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French


    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 Academy London 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 Academy London says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Blyth Academy London says: This course enables students to examine the factors that influence their own health practices and behaviours as well as those factors that contribute to the development of healthy communities. It emphasizes the concept of wellness, which addresses all aspects of well-being – physical, cognitive, emotional, spiritual, and social – and promotes healthy eating, physical activity, and building and maintaining a positive sense of self. Students will develop the skills necessary to make healthy choices and create a personal wellness plan. They will also design initiatives that encourage others to lead healthy, active lives. The course prepares students for college programs in health sciences, fitness, wellness, and health promotion.


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

    What Blyth Academy London 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 Academy London 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 Academy London 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 Academy London 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 Academy London says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

    Blyth Academy London provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    Blyth Academy London 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Blyth Academy London students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Site Average71 mins81 mins97 mins109 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).


    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades9 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback9 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting9 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings9 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    Extracurriculars

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    What Blyth Academy London says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Environmental Club
      Math Club
      Poetry/Literature club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day (Domestic) Day (International) Boarding (International)
     
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    Day (Domestic)$1,895 / course$9,360 / program
    Day (International)$15,450
    Boarding (Domestic)$14,925 / day
    Boarding (International)$18,795
    What Blyth Academy London says: Full tuition payments may be made at any time prior to the start date. We also offer flexible payment options.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 82
    Average enrollment per grade21
    Average class size6 to 8
    Gender (grades)9 to 12 (Coed); 9 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 9 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)6%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)8%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


    Student distribution:

    9101112
    Day Enrollment991432
    Boarding Enrollment32
    Homestay Enrollment67

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A

    Boarding students:
    N/A

    Homestay students:
    N/A


    What Blyth Academy London says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    95%

    Type of student Blyth Academy London is looking for: This information is not currently available.


    Day Boarding Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
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    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size30
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements7
    **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)


    Notable Alumni

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    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Mitch Marner 2014 Mitch Marner is a Canadian ice hockey player. He is the co-captain of the London Knights and was picked 4th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL draft

    Stories & Testimonials

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    “Part of our decision to join the London Knights organization was the opportunity for our son to attend Blyth Academy. The small class sizes enabled the Blyth staff to understand our son’s learning style, implement his educational accommodations and take a more hands on approach in order to work with him for academic success. The Blyth staff is well trained and really cares about its students.  They made our son enjoy school once again.

    Blyth staff is qualified and understood how to teach and implement the various accommodations for visual learners (Dyslexia). Staff is also patient cares about each individual student. I feel they made him feel important again in the classroom therefore he gained educational success."

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    In the News

    News

    September 28, 2016 - Blyth Academy moving to former Labatt head office in downtown London

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