My son absolutely loves Blyth Etobicoke. He wishes he had started in grade 8! I think one of the most important things for him was the feeling of equality. While respecting the roles of his teachers and admin, he always felt heard, valued, and respected. He felt able to ask for help and guidance when he needed it. He also made great peer relationships, which had not always been easy for him in the past. The diversity of the school population is a major plus, giving students an opportunity to learn from each other as well as their teachers. I witnessed compassion and empathy among the students which was inspiring. Our only wish really would have been for a drama program and more access to a gym!
Going to school at Blyth is a very different experience than attending a typical high school. While my child enjoys the smaller classes and ability to easily access opportunities to be in clubs, on student council, etc., some children may prefer the breadth of offerings available at a larger school, particularly if they have a high interest in sports/competing against other schools. Some students may miss being part of a larger student body as it relates to participating in some social activities such as school dances/prom. Blyth Etobicoke makes an effort to join with other Blyth campuses for these types of events but these opportunities are more limited compared to a typical school because here students feel like they are part of a small community.