How the School Works

Blyth Academy Global High School makes it possible for students in grades 11 and 12, as well as gap-year students, to study and travel. Our teachers and staff create a learning environment that combines classroom study with applied learning at local landmarks and cultural institutions. The innovative delivery of courses inspires our students and helps them achieve success and fulfillment as ethical and responsible citizens, engaged critical thinkers and effective problem solvers. Students will earn Ontario high school credits and experience the transformation that comes from travel: appreciating other cultures, adapting to new surroundings and recognizing that we are a truly global society.

Our terms are eight weeks in length, and students can enroll for one term, a two-term semester, three terms or the full year. All students earn two high school credits per term.

Students

Our students come from public, separate and private schools across Canada, the United States and beyond, bringing a wonderful mix of ethnic and social backgrounds to our program.

Academics

Two subjects are studied in each term, which gives our students the time and freedom to explore subjects in depth. Students who opt for a single term will be able to apply to Blyth Academy Online or one of our 10 schools to make up the additional two courses needed to complete their school semester.

A Typical Day

All school terms are structured to provide students with the best in academic instruction and exposure to the cultures and locations we visit. Typically, students follow a schedule where they are in class weekdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. This weekday schedule gives students enough time for coursework, with independent activities and excursions planned around school time. At times, the travel itinerary may require adjustments to the class schedule.

Time Activity
7:00am Health and Wellness Activities
8:00am Breakfast
9:00am Classes
11:30am Lunch
1:00pm Classes
3:30pm Free time, Health and Wellness, extracurricular activities
5:00pm Mandatory Study Hall
6:00pm Dinner
7:00pm Study Hall
8:00pm Evening Activity
9:30pm Curfew and room check

(12:30 a.m. curfew on weekends)

Health and Wellness

The health and well-being of our students is our primary concern. We support our students in maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle while travelling. This is done through active learning, emotional support from staff, access to nutritious food, opportunities for exercise (as each location permits), and workshops that help students develop wellness skills such as reflective practice, stress reduction, financial awareness and time management.

Participation is a requirement of Blyth Academy Global High School.

Blyth Academy Global High School appreciates the support of parents in ensuring that students understand the importance of nurturing a lifelong commitment to health and wellness.

Safety and Supervision

Our students’ health, well-being and security is of primary importance.

Flowing from this commitment, we encourage all our students to participate in organized extracurricular activities and to use their free time in ways that strengthen their physical, mental and emotional health.

It is mandatory that every student reviews and signs the Blyth Academy Code of Conduct prior to attending Blyth Academy Global High School.

Our Code of Conduct addresses the responsibility of all students in creating a safe learning and social environment. This includes adhering to our policies on alcohol and drug use, bullying and the inappropriate use of social media.

There are regular daily check in times for students – breakfast, each class, dinner, curfew and bed check.

We use a progressive approach to discipline in order to help our students develop a sense of responsibility for their actions and to understand the impact of their choices on themselves and others.

As a result of our extensive travel education experience over the years, we’ve put stringent plans in place with our team of experienced staff, to effectively manage any crisis situation.

Roommates and Classmates

We understand that some students choose to travel together and would like to be roommates. Following your application, you will be sent a Personal Information Form that asks for roommate requests. Most roommate requests can be accommodated, but cannot be guaranteed.

Meals

Students and staff eat together at breakfast and dinnertime, and these meals are provided as part of your program. This arrangement leaves lunchtime open, giving students the opportunity to explore and purchase lunch locally.

Typically, breakfast is continental style with a set number of choices. This may include croissants, orange juice, cereal and yogurt. Dinner consists of a buffet or plated meal; an example would be spaghetti bolognese, green salad, bread, and fruit for dessert. We can accommodate most dietary restrictions. Before your departure, dietary restrictions should be outlined on the Medical Form that you will receive after applying. The ability to accommodate special dietary needs varies by country and location.

Included Excursions

Many field trips and excursions are offered as part of Blyth Academy Global High School. Some excursions, however, are not mandatory.

These out-of-class experiences relate directly to material covered in class. Many students find that these excursions both complement and significantly enhance the term, preparing them in greater depth for university.