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Blyth Academy Whitby

   
209 Dundas Street East, Suite 1015, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 7H8

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Curriculum:
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
7 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$1,895/course
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
6 to 8
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. 7 - 12)

School Address
209 Dundas Street East, Suite 1015, Whitby, Ontario, L1N 7H8

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About this school:

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Blyth Academy Whitby is a private school for Grade 6-12 students, conveniently located for students across the Durham Region. The school is located in the heart of the old downtown centre of Whitby, close to the Public Library, Peel Park, and plenty of local shops, restaurants, and galleries. In addition to the complete Blyth academic program, the Whitby campus offers Advanced Sports Training for Athletes. This campus is readily accessible with easy bus access and on-site parking.

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The Our Kids review of Blyth Academy Whitby

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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Kim Hacker, Principal

Prior to becoming Principal of Blyth Academy Whitby, Kim Hacker was Guidance Counselor and teacher at the Academy, gaining experience with Blyth’s philosophy of education. She has developed a great love for experiential education through working with Blyth’s local education partners, and she comes with a wide breadth of experience with the independent and private school sector, including boarding schools. With a background in English and Humanities, combined with her love of helping students excel, Kim Hacker is able to help her students foster a love of learning in a variety of subject areas. She is very passionate about Blyth Academy Whitby and all it has to offer the Whitby community.


Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts


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

  • Approach: This information is not currently available.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Blyth Academy Whitby 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 Process approach

      The process approach to teaching beginner writing aims to get students writing “real things” as much as possible and as soon as possible. The goal is to create the right environmental conditions to encourage a love of writing and a motivation to write well. With children invested in the writing process -- through assignments children find meaningful -- students are then given feedback on how they can improve.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


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


    Social Studies
    • What Blyth Academy Whitby 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 Whitby says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


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

    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish


    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 Whitby 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 Whitby says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Blyth Academy Whitby 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 Academy Whitby 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 Whitby 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 Whitby 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 Whitby 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 Whitby says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support High

    High

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

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    Site Average40 mins53 mins58 mins71 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 grades6 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback6 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting6 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings6 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     Grades678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Location
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

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



    Extracurriculars

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    What Blyth Academy Whitby 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
      Environmental Club
      Photography
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
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    Day (Domestic)$1,895 / course
    What Blyth Academy Whitby 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)7 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewN/A
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    N/A


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


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

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



    Student Entry Points

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    (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)


    Stories & Testimonials

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    Blyth Academy Whitby

    “Starting grade nine can be stressful at the best of times, but continuing in grade ten after being home schooled has its own added anxieties.  The teachers, staff and the other students at Blyth Academy Whitby took the time to support the transition of our daughter into the school environment. The small campus, small classes and the attendance of other hockey playing students has made it all that much easier and have helped our daughter to set a strong foundation on which she is building her successful secondary school career."

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