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Blyth Academy Yorkville
Blyth Academy Yorkville
85 St. Nicholas Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1W8
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Blyth Academy Yorkville

Blyth Academy Yorkville

85 St. Nicholas Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1W8

Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
9 to 12 (Coed)
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
6 to 8
Day: Varies (Gr. 9 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Adam de Pencier

Phone Number:

School Address
85 St. Nicholas Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4Y 1W8

About this school:

Blyth Academy Yorkville is a private high school for Grade 9-12 students. We focus 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. Our Yorkville campus is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, moments away from some of Toronto’s most exciting cultural and entertainment venues. Our academic partners, including the ROM and AGO, are just minutes away.

The Our Kids review of Blyth Academy Yorkville

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


Adam de Pencier, Principal - Yorkville

Adam de Pencier is the Principal of Blyth Academy Yorkville. Adam studied at Queen’s, and the Universities of Chicago, Columbia, and Edinburgh, and has several years’ experience as a teacher, counsellor, and Principal at Canadian and American schools. Adam completed his Principal’s Course at Harvard. Adam is passionate about teacher and professional development and has presented at leading North American schools and universities.


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts

  • Approach: This information is not currently available.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What Blyth Yorkville 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.

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

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

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

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

    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What Blyth Yorkville says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

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

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Blyth Yorkville 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 Yorkville 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 Yorkville 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 Yorkville says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support High


    Blyth Yorkville 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
      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)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      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)
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      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
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

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

    Nightly Homework
    Blyth Yorkville 30 mins60 mins90 mins120 mins
    Site Average71 mins82 mins97 mins110 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


    What Blyth Yorkville says:
    • Comic Book Club
    • Model United Nations

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Community Service
      Environmental Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic)$2,195 / course
    What Blyth Yorkville 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.


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Gender (grades)9 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

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

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Blyth Yorkville says: This information is not currently available.


    Acceptance Rate:


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

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    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


    Blyth Academy Yorkville

    "My son had mediocre attendance and engagement for his first three years of high school. He transferred for Blyth for Grade 12 and his attendance improved to 100% and his marks improved from an average of 68% to 83%. He is now eligible to attend the university of his choice. This was a very successful academic year for my son."


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