Up at 5 a.m., travel, 6 hours at school, travel, 4 to 6 hours of practice, travel, homework, bed, repeat. Missed practices to prep for tests, late to practices because school ends too late to get there on time, exhausted from no down time but trying to get through the homework all while in a French Immersion high school. For our family this is just a regular schedule. Add in major national competitions and things can get to the breaking point. Finding balance between our daughter’s sport, her education and some down time can be impossible since she is competing at an elite sports level. Our family needed to find a way to make it work for our daughter who was about to hit critical milestones as she started grade 12 and was striving to elevate her athletic performance.
While searching for a solution, one of the public high schools suggested we visit Blyth Academy Whitby. From the welcome at the first meeting we felt something was different. The flexibility of the scheduling made getting to practice, and missing practices for school prep virtually a thing of the past. The small class sizes and increased teacher interaction made the transition from learning everything in French to doing all of her school work in English not just achievable but successful. As a private school, Blyth Academy Whitby also afforded our daughter an environment with other students like her who were pursuing their education and an outside interest with great focus and energy.
When they asked us, “Has Blyth Academy Whitby been a success for your daughter? Our answer is an unequivocal, “Yes, it’s more than we hoped for.” Our daughter, just ranked 7th in Canada in her sport this January, and she is about to graduate and attend the university of her choice and actually has some time to have a social life. What else could we ask for?