One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Blyth Academy Waterloo

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Macdonald-Cartier Academy

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2016

     

    1990


     

    Enrolment

     

    40

     

    64


     

    Grades

     

    9 to 12

     

    7 to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Emotional
    The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    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.
     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

     

    Academic culture

     
    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.
     
    Rigorous
    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    8 to 16

     

    10 to 16


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $16,995 to $22,095

     

    $17,950


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    10

     

    32


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    95%

     

    85%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Blyth Academy Waterloo

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Macdonald-Cartier Academy

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    information not available

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    information not available

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    information not available

    Our Take

    Our Take

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Sam Blyth founded Blyth Academy in an understanding that, as the world changes the needs of students change, and education therefore must to evolve to meet them. Throughout the decades of its life, Blyth Academy has consistently proven its ability to meet that mandate. It began by offering a global curriculum, one that covered the basic literacies as well as collaborative and leadership skills. In addition to 10 brick-and-mortar campuses, Blyth Academy Online, launched in 2014, offering asynchronous courses that students can start at any time throughout the calendar year. In response to the COVID crisis, Blyth Academic Orbit added a synchronous virtual school to the offering, bringing all the schedules, teachers, peers and relationships of a traditional academic experience, the only difference being that all was mounted entirely . In all, it’s hard to imagine a school more suited to our time, or making more out of the technologies available for program delivery. Blyth Academy is now effectively the largest single private school network in Canada, the student experience remains intimate; in the both the physical and virtual synchronous classrooms there are never more than 15 students. True to Sam Blyth’s original vision, there remains a focus on global learning, citizenship, and ethical leadership. There might have been a time when Blyth was an anomaly within the world of education—smaller schools, virtual offerings, an agile approach to learning—though it certainly isn’t now. It’s hard to imagine a school better suited to our time and the needs of the current generation of learners.

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    Macdonald-Cartier was formed in 1990 to offer a challenging, academic, bilingual program, and it’s been happily and successfully been doing it ever since. The student body is small, with just 60 students annually, which translates into a very responsive, student-centered approach to curriculum delivery. The intention is somewhat unique, namely to give students a strong preparation for high school with an eye to university admission. The feel, as the name implies, is very rooted in a sense of place, and in that the school is an expression of the cultural and historical life of the national capital region. Likewise, there are a wealth of resources located locally, and Macdonald-Cartier rightly makes very good use of them.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Blyth Academy Waterloo

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Macdonald-Cartier Academy

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    • Small class size (Average 8-16)
    • Experiential learning approach
    • Individualised programming
    • Partnerships with community organisations
    • Certified, trained teachers
    • Convenient downtown location
    • Comprehensive guidance support

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    information not available

    Description

    Description

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    At Blyth Academy Waterloo we are building an active and dynamic school community. We have a range of extra-curricular opportunities inclusive of student council, prom committee, DECA, mathematics and computer science clubs and contests, coding workshops as well as various other activities of interest to our students. Our school has an average class size of eight to sixteen which allows for our educators to spend significant individualized time with each student while delivering a broad range of courses. 

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    Macdonald-Cartier Academy teaches Grade 7 & 8 students how to learn and offers a French immersion program combining rigorous and accelerated academics with athletics and fun experiential learning. Class sizes are kept small to provide an individualized education environment. Fluently bilingual, highly qualified educators help students reach their full potential–equipping them with computer, time management, listening, note taking and studying skills that serve them well in high school and university.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Blyth Academy Waterloo

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Macdonald-Cartier Academy

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    Message

    At Blyth Academy Waterloo we take pride in delivering a well rounded, personalized education that focuses on the development of the student both academically and personally. Our goal is to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to be successful in an ever-changing world while instilling a passion for learning.

    We are committed to providing an environment where all students become creative, independent and critical thinkers and will provide an enriched program for students who are passionate about mathematics, science and computer science. Students will study in an environment embedded in the “Innovation District” in Kitchener-Waterloo, in close proximity to Communitech, Google, Desire2Learn as well as other successful companies in the high tech sector.

    Bonjour

    MCA was founded in 1990 to offer parents in the Ottawa area the option of a demanding academic program that would prepare their child in both the French and English languages. The program is designed to teach the students skills that will help them succeed in school and in life.

    Being a small school is a big advantage when you want to give quality instruction and teach skills that will serve the students for life. We present them academic and physical challenges that will encourage them to leave their comfort zone and truly begin learning.

    Our program has evolved to meet the demands of our Canadian society but our mission to teach the students how to learn has never changed.  The need to teach methods to improve their organizational skills and become responsible students is even more important today than it was when I founded the program in 1990.

    We specialize in working with students at the junior high school level. I believe that this is an age where we can  influence the child`s academic and life skills the most to prepare them for high school, university and beyond. Our students have always worked hard and played hard with a big smile on their faces.  Some things should never change!

    Merci.

    Jean P. Mantha

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Blyth Academy Waterloo

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Macdonald-Cartier Academy

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Information not available

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Blyth Academy offers a private school experience that focuses on personalized education, very small class sizes and experiential learning. Our unique approach allows us to tailor the curriculum to the individual student, not the other way around. By taking into account each student’s learning style and extra-curricular responsibilities, we are able to customize a plan unique to the individual.

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

      The program is designed to prepare the student for his/her learning needs in high school and college or university. At MCA we specialize in teaching grade seven and eight students the basic learning skills that are not always mastered in elementary school but are essential for those who want to excel in high school and university. We carefully select the students who demonstrate average to above average academic abilities. In doing so, we can accelerate the academic program and teach the student the skills to become responsible and efficient learners and workers. All MCA teachers work on these four keys to learning: the ability to listen in a classroom setting; note taking; time management of homework and corrections; and, methods for exam preparation. The student will have post exam evaluations six times a year where he/she will choose and try different strategies learned in Educational Anthropology class to maintain or improve their academic progression.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Blyth Academy Waterloo

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Macdonald-Cartier Academy

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Equal Balance


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        We use an inquiry-based approach to instruction, supplemented with traditional direct instruction. New topics are presented using real-world scenarios and students are then prompted with questions such as: “What do you notice?” or, “What do you wonder?” This open-ended questioning allows students to begin engaging with concepts without being limited by preconceptions. At this point, the teacher may ask additional open ended questions, or offer prompts if students are stuck. After they have had a chance to brainstorm, it is up to students to articulate what materials and skills they might need to solve the problem. The teacher then provides some direct instruction to introduce the necessary new skills. Having students engage with a problem prior to direct instruction not only makes math more meaningful, but also fosters more engagement, as students will be more invested in learning new skills if they are instrumental to a pre-existing task.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Develop a positive attitude toward Mathematics; Develop an appreciation for the place of Mathematics and its widespread applications in our culture; Develop problem-solving abilities and facility in communication skills involving the use of language and notation of Mathematics; Consolidate and extend his/her skills in arithmetic, algebra, measurement and geometry; Participate in those experiences that will lay a foundation for the development of more abstract features of Mathematics in later grades


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Nelson textbooks are used across grade levels, with supplementary learning facilitated by Desmos online graphing calculator, as well as Gizmos virtual manipulatives (explorelearning.com).

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Grade 7: Actimath 8 and Omnimath 8 plus several tablet applications. Grade 8: Actimath 9 and Omnimath 9 plus several tablet appications.


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Only non-graphing scientific calculators are permitted during test and exams. (Smart phones are also not permissible, as they do not always handle order of operations appropriately.) Students are encouraged to use their own calculators during regular practice, so that they are comfortable with their devices during tests and evaluations.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Grade 7: 70% of work with no calculator / 30% of work with the assistance of the calculator Grade 8: 40% of work with no calculator / 60% of work with the assistance of the calculator When possible, mental calculation is strongly encouraged.

      • Science

         

        Blyth Academy Waterloo

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Macdonald-Cartier Academy

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        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.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        At Blyth Academy, we like to focus on experiential learning, and there is no real better subject in which to be able to do that than Science. From collecting and consolidating the knowledge of students entering in primary grades, to the complex examination of biological process, physical systems, and chemical reactions in grade 12. In grade 9, students build an understanding of the world around as they develop their practical and inquiry skills. In grade 10 we shift focus to Cells and Systems, Chemical Reactions, Climate Change, and Light; By grade 11 and into 12, students are encouraged to study each of the subjects individually, where we start to truly explore the nature of the sciences in ever more complex and elaborate ways. Our prime asset, though, is our team of passionate and knowledgable staff, communicating their love of the subject in every lesson.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Emphasis will be placed on ensuring that the skills and processes of scientific work are presented as the central component, from which the subject matter, applications and implications emerge. Safety awareness will be stressed in all activities and demonstrations in laboratory. Small group discussions and the Expo-Science independent study will provide the student the opportunity to express opinions and exchange information within the context of a formal learning situation.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

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

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Physiology

      • Literature

         

        Blyth Academy Waterloo

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Macdonald-Cartier Academy

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Our English program encourages students to collaborate in their analysis through the use of formal and informal seminars on a variety of texts and forms of media. Students read a wide array of texts ranging from literary classics to contemporary pieces. Teachers seek to build creative thinking skills within their students by balancing their courses with traditional literary criticism, creative writing, and media analysis.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Through interaction with their peers and teacher, students will engage in reading,writing and speaking activities which will: 1) promote understanding and enjoyment of literature as will as an appreciation of its significance in the history of human experience and imagination; 2) encourage proficiency in the mechanics of English composition and i the use of spoken and written language for a variety of purposed suited tn specific audiences; 3) develop the ability to think critically and to respond thoughtfully to ideas communicated through various media.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Blyth Academy Waterloo

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Macdonald-Cartier Academy

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Blyth Academy emphasizes experiential learning and so a pragmatic approach is important to making learning memorable and relevant. History, whilst grounded in facts, nonetheless has at its core inquiry skills and the appraisal and interpretation of evidence. Whilst this aspect is often seen as perennialism or the preserve of the liberal arts, the application is very much pragmatic. History, though political and social bias, is created as much as it is studied and the students will reflect critically on this process of creation. This skill can then can be applied to real life scenarios such as political and social education, and applications to social justice. Students will complete projects and be encouraged to reflect on the success of their approaches to learning new topics. The relevance and appropriateness of pragmatism in the social sciences must be critically appraised before it can be usefully employed.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        The History program will enable students to develop abilities that will permit them to understand the influences of people and events that have marked our Canadian History. this will help them to better appreciate the realities of Canada today. Through Geography the program shall permit the students to know, understand and better perceive general characteristics proper to North America and by studying people and their interaction with the environment, throughout the world.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Blyth Academy Waterloo

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Macdonald-Cartier Academy

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        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.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        We follow the Ontario curriculum, with a focus on oral language and practical knowledge and skills. At the Grades 10-12 level, students are combined in a core/extended/immersion classroom, and are credited based on the competencies they attain during the course. While we are not a French Immersion school, we do offer credit for the French Immersion course. In addition, ESL courses are offered as needed, resulting in a possible maximum of 3 English credits.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        The French Language Arts program shall promote, encourage and give opportunities to the students and teachers through activities and assignments to: - become more proficient in the oral, listening and written skills, enabling the students to think, learn and communicate in French; gain self-esteem, pride and a sense of personal responsibility through experience emanating from the French Language Arts program; develop an awareness and an appreciation of the French culture and society.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Information not available

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Blyth Academy Waterloo

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Macdonald-Cartier Academy

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Creative


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        EXPRESSIVE: "Creativity is inherently subjective. Our goal is to create an open and non-judgemental environment for students to experiment, innovate, and find the artist within." The arts program at Blyth Academy is very much tailored to the students' strengths and interests. In music, for example, if the students wish to study guitar, we locate a music studio in the neighbourhood and provide the appropriate setting and instruction. If students in Visual Arts wish to pursue pottery, classes take place in a nearby pottery studio. Individual creativity is very much the focus of our arts programming.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Students will take part of a 3 hour workshop every month in Visual Arts. During these three hour sessions, the students will get acquainted with various artistic movements and experiment with some basic techniques.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Blyth Academy Waterloo

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Macdonald-Cartier Academy

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Heavy integration

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Heavy integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Students are highly encouraged to bring their own device to class each day. Laptops are used extensively in each class, and the majority of resources and assignments are posted on our educational portal, ensuring that students always have access to class notes, upcoming assignments, and pertinent digital resources. In addition, students who opt to delve further into Information Technology, Media or Film Studies are encouraged to equip their devices with appropriate and efficient software.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        The principal objective in Computer Science is to familiarize the students with hardware, software and applications that will serve them in school and in life. Some of the software covered will be: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, , Research applications, Microsoft Teams platform.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Blyth Academy Waterloo

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Macdonald-Cartier Academy

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

        Physical Education takes many forms at Blyth Academy. Outdoor education is the backbone of our programming, however we do regularly access a nearby facilities as needed, as well as pools, basketball courts, hockey arenas, martial arts studio, and fitness centres. As part of our extracurricular programming, physical education is delivered by means of school soccer teams and clubs. Students are required to complete the pertinent theory components to all Physical Education classes, which is delivered in the classroom.

        MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

        Understanding the importance of physical fitness, health, and well being and the factors that contribute to them. Improving the basic movement skills they require to participate in physical activities throughout their lives. Personal commitment to daily physical activity and positive health behaviors.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Blyth Academy Waterloo

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Macdonald-Cartier Academy

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      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.

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Students learn best when it’s at their own pace. Whether fast tracking is a priority, extra help is needed, or athletics/homeschooling play an important roll in our students’ lives, Blyth Academy offers flex schedules, night school, private/semi private classes, summer/accelerated course designed to accommodate our students’ diverse academic goals.

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

      Each day, the students have a one hour and twenty minute study period where they undertake, in a large central room or the computer lab, the completion of their daily homework, continue to work on long term assignments or receive individual help from a teacher.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Blyth Academy Waterloo

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Macdonald-Cartier Academy

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      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.

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

      A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      At Blyth Academy, we have high academic expectations, and provide students with the supportive and flexible environment in which to reach those high standards. Teachers are very much focused on student learning and success, ensuring understanding for each individual, and engaging the entire class in the learning process. The academic success of each student is based entirely on the individual's learning style and academic goals.

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

      The students at MCA understand that the program exists to encourage all participants to learn how to learn. To be able to do so, the students will need to work and adjust to become more efficient, responsible and capable. Our goal is to have the students work hard and play hard, with a big smile on their faces.


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Blyth Academy Waterloo

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Macdonald-Cartier Academy

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Emotional
      The goal is to cultivate "emotionally intelligent and con?dent individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others."

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

      Graduates of Blyth Academy will step into post secondary education with an appreciation for hard work and their fellow peers. While supportive by nature, our staff pushes students to strive for academic excellence, without sacrificing the human element. Empowering each student to be emotionally mature, socially balanced, academically driven, and personally open and accepting is an inherent goal for each student who spends time with us.

      MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

      At MCA we focus on middle school students and three facets of their development. The first is the academic facet that encompasses a challenging, fast-paced program. The second is the social facet where we encourage students to say \"bonjour\" and to be engaged, friendly and positive. The third facet is physical where we introduce students to a variety of challenging activities such as long distance cycling, canoe-camping and rock-climbing/zip lining. We find that the satisfaction of hard work combined with time for play can bring a smile to the face of a grade seven and eight student.

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Blyth Academy Waterloo

    Macdonald-Cartier Academy

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Blyth Academy Waterloo

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Macdonald-Cartier Academy

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


    Additional support

    Additional support

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

     

    Modifications


    Additional support

    Additional support

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Information not available

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Academic success presents itself in many forms, and requires diverse learning situations. At Blyth Academy, we are well versed in the role of accommodating students with various challenges. Differentiated learning is common place in each classroom. These accommodations, by way of student support plans, are developed in cooperation with the student, family, teacher, guidance counsellor and administration, as a whole team approach.

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    We are a small school geared to preparing our students, through an accelerated program, for high school and beyond. Our staff does not have the expertise to help the student who is diagnosed with a learning disability. We do accommodate students who have mild difficulties and we do make adjustments to help them enjoy the program to the best of their abilities.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Blyth Academy Waterloo

    Macdonald-Cartier Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Blyth Academy Waterloo

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Macdonald-Cartier Academy

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    • Student involvement in DECA

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    • extra curricular: sports: cross-country running, soccer, basketball, volleyball, badminton, ultimate, track. Experiential education activities: canoe-camping, long distance cycling/camping, outdoor rock climbing, zip lining/hiking, leadership and survival skills, alpine skiing, X-country skiing, dog sledding, white water rafting. Arts and culture: Drama production, public speaking /debating
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    95%

     

    85%


     

    Day entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 8


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 8


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Students wishing to attend Blyth Academy should be academically oriented, with post-secondary education as the goal.

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    MCA's program was designed for students who demonstrate average to above average academic abilities. Students must be willing to work in a organized and disciplined environment and be willing to undertake challenges that are of academic and/or physical nature.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    BLYTH ACADEMY WATERLOO

    Students and families are required to meet with both administration and guidance as part of the initial application to ensure the goals of the student are in line with the philosophy of Blyth Academy. Formal application and registration may then take place online, or in person.

    MACDONALD-CARTIER ACADEMY

    Prior to acceptance, all students must successfully complete qualification examinations. Normally these examinations are taken in the fall of the year prior to entrance. Applicants must submit a copy of their most recent report card.

    Applicants will be interviewed by a MCA administrator. The interview is designed to determine the applicant's willingness to work within a disciplined environment, and to verify the accuracy of reports submitted.




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