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Blyth Academy Thornhill

   
300 John Street, Suite 276, Thornhill, Ontario, L3T 5W4

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Curriculum:
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
9 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$1,895/course
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
6 to 8
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. 9 - 12)

School Address
300 John Street, Suite 276, Thornhill, Ontario, L3T 5W4

Highlights:

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About this school:

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Blyth Academy Thornhill is a private high school for Grade 9-12 students. We focus on personalized education, very small class sizes, and experiential learning. Our campus is conveniently situated in Thornhill Square, 30 minutes north of Toronto, where students have easy access to the community centre, public library, the Thornhill Fitness Centre, shops, and restaurants.

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The Our Kids review of Blyth Academy Thornhill

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 20, 2018

upcoming events
  • January 20, 2018Open House
    Blyth Academy Thornhill, 300 John Street, Suite 276, Thornhill, Ontario
    Join us Saturday, January 20 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

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


  • February 07, 2018Open Morning
    Blyth Academy Thornhill, 300 John Street, Suite 276, Thornhill, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, February 07 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 Thornhill is like.


  • March 07, 2018Open Morning
    Blyth Academy Thornhill, 300 John Street, Suite 276, Thornhill, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, March 07 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 Thornhill is like.


  • April 07, 2018Open House
    Blyth Academy Thornhill, 300 John Street, Suite 276, Thornhill, 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 Thornhill will help your child thrive academically and personally.


  • May 15, 2018Open Morning
    Blyth Academy Thornhill, 300 John Street, Suite 276, Thornhill, Ontario
    Join us Tuesday, May 15 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 Thornhill is like.



Principal's Message

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Laurie Foley, Principal

Ms. Foley completed her undergraduate education at Glendon College and received her Bachelor of Education from Nipissing University. An avid proponent of lifelong education, Ms. Foley has since earned additional qualifications in Guidance and Career Education, Special Education and English as a Second Language studies. A vibrant young educator with a range of experience in education, Ms. Foley has taught at both the elementary and secondary levels working with both youth and adult learners, worked in curriculum and policy development for both traditional and online schools, and counselled international students. Committed to student success, Ms. Foley’s passion and vision ensure that students under her leadership are well-prepared for the world beyond the classroom.


Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts


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  • Approach: This information is not currently available.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

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

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


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


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What Blyth Academy Thornhill says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Blyth Academy Thornhill says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What Blyth Academy Thornhill says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What Blyth Academy Thornhill says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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

    What Blyth Academy Thornhill 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 Thornhill 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 Thornhill 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 Thornhill 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.

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    Special Needs Support High

    High

    Blyth Academy Thornhill 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 Thornhill 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 Thornhill students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
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    Blyth Academy Thornhill 30 mins60 mins90 mins120 mins
    Site Average71 mins81 mins97 mins109 mins

    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 Thornhill says:

    This information is not currently available.


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

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day (Domestic)$1,895 / course
    What Blyth Academy Thornhill 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 Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size6 to 8
    Gender (grades)9 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


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


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

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



    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000

    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)


    Stories & Testimonials

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    Blyth Academy Thornhill

    " As my high school career comes to end, I have had the opportunity to think of the people and places that have helped me find success throughout my education. Obviously my parents play a huge role in my success but if it weren’t for the support and tools given to me through Blyth Academy, I probably would not be here today, a high school graduate. Blyth has provided me with the skills to be a strong student and has inspired me to further my education. Blyth has been a place that I have called home for two years and it has changed my outlook on school completely. Blyth Academy Thornhill and its administrative team help create success stories for the students that attend this school and have inspired many lives around them. "

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