We offer a private school experience that focuses on personalized education, very small class sizes and experiential learning. Our academic program runs from grades 5-12 with small classroom sizes, and focuses on preparing students for post-secondary education and career training. In addition, the Downsview Park campus offers sport specific training integrated into the daily schedule, for student athletes specialized in hockey, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, basketball, squash and track and field.
- Small class size (average of 10)
- Flexible schedules
- Experimental learning approach
- Individualized programming
- Partnership with community organizations
- Certified, trained teachers
- 14 campuses in Ontario
- Comprehensive guidance support
- High performance sport programs
- Opportunity to study abroad via International Summers, Global High School, Blyth Academy Florence
How well-suited is your child to Blyth Downsview?
Our Take: Blyth Academy Downsview Park
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.
What does learning at Blyth Academy Downsview Park look like now?
Our staff and teachers have worked hard to make Blyth Academy’s virtual classroom model a success and ensure students don’t miss out on valuable curriculum hours. We are committed to continuing the same small class sizes and personalized education that our students expect. Live virtual classes with face-to-face learning, office hours, guidance support and even extracurricular activities continue through virtual tools.
We remain dedicated to the continuous professional development of our teachers so they can continue to share and look for opportunities to enhance the virtual learning delivery. Conversations and observations have become a natural way to assess students.
In these uncertain times, we believe that our students benefit greatly from the structure, social interaction and support our school provides them. We are committed to their continued learning and engagement in the full curriculum; they will be well prepared for their next steps, whether that is their next year of high school or a move to post-secondary studies.
Planning is underway for next year and we are confident that we will continue to deliver a robust academic program in a safe environment regardless of the external circumstances. We anticipate that our schools will look different this Fall, with current virtual classrooms still a possibility in part or in full, and physical distancing measures and increased sanitation practices in place.
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