Useful Information About the School

Curriculum

Blyth Academy Qatar is accredited by the Ministry of Education of Alberta, Canada and the Ministry of Education of the State of Qatar. BAQ follows the Alberta curriculum which is widely recognized and ranks amongst the top educational systems in the world. Students obtaining an Alberta Secondary School Diploma are accepted to universities and colleges across the world.

Exams and Tests

Students at BAQ must write Alberta Provincial Achievement Tests in grades 6 and 9 and Diploma exams in core subjects at the end of grade 12. Generally, BAQ students perform at, or above, provincial levels. In 2017-2018 all graduates were accepted into post-secondary programs. Every third year students write the PISA exam.  Recent results in literacy ranked BAQ amongst the best schools in Qatar when compared to schools of similar size and composition.

Experiential Learning/Athletics

BAQ believes student’s learn best by participating in rich experiences. We offer a variety of local field trip and do offer at least one International Service adventure a year. BAQ is expanding and formalizing competitive athletics. While still developing students are able to participate in competitions in a variety of activities such as football, basketball, chess and many others. Model United Nations is a popular activity for senior students annually who visit Georgetown university, Qatar.

School Day 2017-2018

6:30am School Gates Open

7:20am – 2:10pm Classes

2:10 pm Day ends

Tuesday – Shortened Day

Alternate Tuesdays, classes end at 12:10. Allowing teachers time for professional collaboration. There are often after school activities offer on Tuesday afternoons to younger students (Kid Fun Fitness, Mad Science, Kick boxing). These are provided by third-party suppliers and do have an associated cost.

After School Activities will be offered Monday and Wednesday from 2:15-3:15 on a sign-up basis. Student’s participating should plan to be picked up no later than 3:30 on these days.

Examples of Activities

  • Origami
  • Computer programming
  • Music
  • Kickboxing
  • Board games
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Football
  • Ball hockey
  • Math help
  • FSL
  • Stress management
  • Green Team
  • Student Council
  • MUN
  • Robotics
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Mad Science
  • Fitness
  • Photography
  • Art
  • Volleyball
  • Sign Language
  • Chess

Student Leadership

Student Council and Athletic council are the main source of student engagement in leadership. Students will not only plan activities for the school they will be consulted on many decisions made by the school administration. We are expecting a great deal from these students who represent their peers.

Duke of Edinburgh

2017 saw the introduction of the Duke of Edinburgh awards to BAQ. Students should consider participating in this program as it is recognized globally.

Uniforms

Attendance at Blyth Academy Qatar does require students to be in school uniform. Currently, our uniforms are available at Zak’s, however, parents may choose other suppliers providing the clothing is identical to that provided by Zak’s. The uniform consists of the following.

Blyth Academy polo or hearing bone dress shirt (long or short sleeve), black pants (no athletic wear or denim), Bermuda shorts, skirt or skort and for cooler days a navy fleece that is hoodless. The Physical Education uniform (not to be worn in classrooms) includes a Blyth Academy PE t-shirt, Blyth Academy shorts or track pants and athletic footwear.

Students are placed in one of four houses for their time at Blyth Academy Qatar. Each house has a colour associated with their house and it is recommended students also have a house colour t-shirt.

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