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

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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:
Nili Isaacs

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

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Blyth Academy is impressive, so much so that it can be a bit difficult to get your head around. Whereas 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: April 06, 2017

upcoming events
  • April 06, 2017Open House
    Blyth Academy Yorkville, 85 St. Nicholas Street, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Thursday, April 06 from 05:00 pm - 07:00 pm

    Please register for the session at https://blytheducation.merchantsecure.com/infosessionAcademy

  • May 17, 2017Information Session
    Blyth Academy Yorkville, 85 St. Nicholas Street, Toronto, Ontario
    Join us Wednesday, May 17 from 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm

    Please register for the session at https://blytheducation.merchantsecure.com/infosessionAcademy

Principal's Message


Nili Isaacs, Principal - Yorkville

Dear Prospective Students and Parents,

Welcome to Blyth Academy Yorkville.

At Blyth Academy Yorkville we take pride in delivering a well rounded, personalized education that focuses on the development of the student both inside and outside of the classroom. We aim to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in an ever changing world and instill in them a passion for learning.

Our students benefit from our partnerships with four incredible Toronto institutions including the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. These partnerships allow students to take courses enriched by working with the staff and having hands on access to the physical resources that the above institutions have to offer. In addition, our location in the heart of Yorkville is perfect for allowing for meaningful experiential learning.

At Blyth Academy Yorkville we have an active and dynamic school community. We have a range of clubs and activities that all students are encouraged to get involved in including student council, prom committee, yoga club, music club, Model United Nations, art club, meditation club, comic book club, work out club and we are always open to students suggesting and beginning new clubs. We also focus on doing meaningful community service work both in our local community and beyond.
Please get in touch to learn more about Blyth Academy Yorkville.

I look forward to meeting you.

Warm Regards,
Nili Isaacs
Blyth Academy Yorkville


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.

    • Blyth Yorkville 's approach to sex-ed: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education
    • Religious Curriculum (percentage)

      We have no compulsory religion courses
      Up to 25% of our courses are religious courses
      More than 25% of our courses are religion courses
    • 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 Average72 mins83 mins98 mins112 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


    A Perfect Fit

    Barry and I have between us 7 university degrees so an education for our children is simply a given. But with a bright young son who is a gifted athlete and a passionate competitor we needed to find an adaptive school environment that permitted him to compete on all continents through the winter and succeed academically in preparation for university. Blyth made this happen. Dylan loved the small classes, the commitment of his teachers and the can do spirit of the school. Blyth staff helped with SAT preparation, with university applications and with campus visits. Dylan applied to three great Canadian universities and three NCAA Division 1 American schools. He was accepted at all 6 schools and received several scholarship offers. He has accepted Dartmouth and looks forward to being part of this wonderful community in September. Thank you to everyone at Blyth.” ...

    Culinary Arts in Italy

    What a day! I think day four was the hottest day yet, but this is the beginning I'm sure. This morning we woke up and met at the vans at 9 am to go to market. Once we got there Paul and Tracy handed us our assignment and asked for all of our dictionaries and phrase books. They had handed us a paper full of names of vegetables and meats in English and we were to ask around for the Italian translations. Good thing barely anyone in Puglia speaks English, right? That was the fun part of all of it. Everyone in town is so nice and helpful. After our lists were completed we met up and bought roasted chicken, cheese, fruit and foccacia. Can you believe 9 half chickens were 12 Euros? After a quick cool down, a small group of us went into the kitchen to make dessert to go with tonight's dinner. We made sugar cookies, fruit tarts and tiramisu. (with Erin's homemade Ladies feet :) ) When the desserts were done we were definitely ready to run right into the pool, and that’s exactly what we all did. Nothing like a refreshing dip in the pool after a long hot day. Anyways off to dinner, I can't wait to dig into dessert! Ciao, Carly (student) ...

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