Ty Nelson, former student from Blyth Academy Downsview Park for Elite Athletics, was drafted by the Seattle Kraken 68th overall in the 2022 NHL Draft. As part of the Advanced Hockey Program at Blyth Academy Downsview Park from 2016-2020, Ty was able to focus on hockey training and academics, allowing him to exceed in both areas.
About Our Campus
Blyth Academy Downsview Park
Blyth Academy Downsview Park is conveniently located in North York, Toronto. In keeping with Blyth Academy’s focus on wellness, our full-time students will enjoy all the benefits of our on-site fitness and training facilities.
Our school has small class sizes which allows our educators to spend significant individualized time with each student while delivering a broad range of courses. When combined with first-class care and great teaching, wonderful things happen, and our students flourish.
At Blyth Academy Downsview Park we offer not only our outstanding Grades 9–12 program but also a middle school program and facilities for students in Grades 4–8.
- Grades 4 - 12
- Average class size of 12
- 10 Classrooms
- Skills instructors who work with NHL, OHL, Junior and AAA level elite players and goalies
- Toronto FC’s academic provider
- Professional skating coaches who work with elite level hockey players
- Athletic training facilities
- Specialized shooting, puck handling, body contact and situational/timing instruction from professional trainers
Message From the Principal
Welcome to Blyth Academy Downsview Park School for Elite Athletes! We focus on assisting our student-athletes in their academic, athletic and character development, creating a safe, respectful and exciting learning environment for all. With many notable Jr. A, OHL, NCAA, NHL and MLS alumni, our programs are proven to ensure success.
I am a firm believer in a whole school approach and one of our major focuses is to ensure ongoing communication between school and home. As such, we are able to better enhance your child’s educational and athletic experiences. We offer a wide range of extracurricular opportunities, leadership opportunities and clubs that vary each year depending on the interests of our students to engage your children in the student life of the school.
We encourage you to schedule a school tour to see our classrooms and meet our teachers, and we invite your child to spend a day with us to experience a “Day in the Life” of a Blyth student. We are excited to work with your child and show you all of the amazing aspects of our school!
Principal, Blyth Academy Downsview Park
What Makes Our Campus Unique?
We offer specialized Integrated Sports Programs (Hockey, Soccer, and custom sports). Students in these programs do one hour of sport-specific training each morning and one hour of dryland training each afternoon.
Our facilities include four hockey rinks, four indoor soccer fields, two outdoor soccer fields, floor hockey, three multi-purpose courts, six basketball courts, rock climbing, laser tag, go-karting, beach volleyball, tennis courts, batting cage, football field, and track.
Ms. Zawawi is a graduate of the University of Toronto Master of Teaching program, and is currently in her fifth year of teaching. Prior to joining the team at Blyth in 2020, she taught Grade 5 at an international school in Shanghai, China!
Q. What is one skill you think every student should learn?
One quality Ms. Z thinks every student should develop is resilience. She understands that students experience an incredible amount of growth, both physically and mentally, on a daily basis. She believes developing resilience can help students deal with the ups and downs of everyday life, while instilling the skills needed to approach new situations and experiences with a growth mindset.
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If you were to walk into Ms. Zawawi’s classroom at Blyth Academy Downsview Park, you would see a lively and colourful room with tables of students working cooperatively. You would hear a hum of students' voices engaged in active learning and the occasional joke that would diverge the entire class into laughter. In this classroom, you would feel a sense of belonging. Small class sizes allow teachers like Ms. Z to offer a personalized approach to learning and classrooms that create community. Each student has a place and feels heard and seen.
Throughout virtual learning, Blyth Academy Downsview Park for Elite Athletes has organized guest speakers to keep students engaged and motivate to work hard in their academics and athletics. Today, they were joined by Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Eric Lindros, who talked about his career, leadership, and what it takes to reach your goals: “When things are the hardest, you have to shine your brightest.”