Discover the true essence of our school community through the eyes of our exceptional students. Read on to hear from three high school students, as they share their transformative experiences at Blyth Academy.
Small Classes, Big Impact
Small class sizes can greatly enhance student achievement. They provide ample opportunity for students to ask questions and receive personalized support from their teachers. Students like Isaac, Bennett, and Swathi all reap the benefits of smaller classes. Isaac, a Grade 10 student, appreciates the fewer number of students in each class as it enables him to concentrate better and effectively manage his workload. He firmly believes that teachers are able to dedicate more time to each student on an individual basis. "Whenever I require feedback on an assignment draft, clarification on a lesson, or assistance with homework, I can easily schedule a session with my teacher," he explained. "Small classes also make it easier to make new friends."
Bennett, a senior in high school, shares Isaac's enthusiasm for the small class sizes. He's had the privilege of participating in numerous one-on-one sessions with his teachers, guidance counselors, and even the principal. He firmly believes that this additional time spent with mentors has been instrumental in helping him chart his path to success. Bennett emphasizes, "Once you share your goals, our mentors are great at formulating a plan just for you.”
Swathi, a Grade 11 student, appreciates the consistent availability of one-on-one support. She believes “it helps in addressing student concerns and allows for flexible schedules, which improves time management.”
Personalized Approach to Academic Success
Every student has different goals, whether they are focused on higher academics or balancing academics and extracurriculars. Isaac's academic goals are to maintain excellent grades and study astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He credits Blyth Academy for having teachers who can help him achieve his goals and give him new opportunities to apply his skills. “For example, just yesterday, Mr. Ha (the math teacher), taught the class my logarithms.”
On the other hand, Bennett is truly devoted to his music. He has had the privilege of playing alongside the National Youth Orchestra in the past, and currently showcases his talent with both the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and OperOttawa. Bennett is truly grateful for how Blyth Academy's innovative quadmester system and flexible approach provide him with the perfect balance to pursue his passion for music. "Blyth Academy understands the importance of accommodating students with exceptional extracurricular pursuits and nurturing their unique talents. This is especially crucial for me. I am able to dedicate two hours in the morning and an additional two hours after school to practicing the violin, something that would be impossible in any other school."
A Thriving Community
All three students contribute to the vibrant school community. Isaac goes as far as describing it as "absolutely amazing, where practically everyone knows each other." Bennett, on the other hand, admires the perfect balance of a relaxed yet highly motivating atmosphere that fosters a sense of unity among students striving towards common goals. He states, “The school community is very tight and welcoming. Everyone knows each other, and the environment is comfortably laid back. The school offers plenty of social interactions, excellent academics, and engaging courses. If a friend asked whether I would recommend Blyth Academy, I would enthusiastically say yes.”
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- Blyth Academy News