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Arts Secondary
Arts Secondary

We are committed to equity and excellence in Arts education for every student. All of YRDSB’s Secondary schools offer students courses in the Arts. Students can choose from Dance, Drama, Music, Media Arts and Visual Arts. Please visit your school’s academic calendar for course offerings. 

We believe Arts Education is essential to students' intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth and well-being. Experiences in the Arts play a valuable role in addressing the diverse needs of our learners today. 

The Arts can be powerful tools when they are integrated into other curricular areas, enhancing student engagement, achievement, and well-being. YRDSB believes in providing a comprehensive Arts program to our students that is inline with our Board Strategies​​.

YDSB also offers a 4-year Specialized Arts program for YRDSB students who are committed to achieving excellence in the arts. 



The Specialized Arts​ Program

The secondary arts program offers a package of specialized arts credits (two per year) that count towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

Students may apply to study one of the arts program disciplines, including:

  • dance 

  • drama

  • visual arts, and 

  • music (vocal and instrumental). 

Some schools offer piano, string and theatre technology. 

Multiple applications may be submitted by one student to one school. 


Secondary​ Art Schools

There are four secondary schools offering the Specialized Arts program in York Region District School Board. These include:

Program details, attendance boundaries, selection requirements, contact information and application deadlines are posted at respective school websites. Please use the School Locator to identify your regional Arts school. 

Applications an​d Information Nights

Each secondary arts school holds an information night in the fall for interested students.These dates vary and are posted on each respective school’s arts webpage.

Applications are due typically at the beginning of December each year. Interested applicants are strongly advised to confirm the deadline by checking their school’s arts webpage and attending the information night. 


The Arts Specialized program is an optional program which students may choose to attend. As per Policy and Procedure 680, Student Transportation, students attending optional programs do not receive transportation. 

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