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Creativity Thrives Here | Information about the Arts Mackenzie Program 
​​​The York Region District School Board’s specialized arts program is designed for students passionate about the arts. The Arts Mackenzie program gives students opportunities to develop strong artistic skills in a safe, inclusive environment.  Students who enjoy kinesthetic learning opportunities will benefit from the Arts Mackenzie experience. While working towards their Ontario Secondary School Diploma, students are required to take a minimum of eight arts credits in their chosen discipline. 
Grade 8 and grade 9 students may apply to study one of the following Arts Mackenzie disciplines: dance, music (strings, instrumental, vocal), theatre or visual arts.  
Each year students accepted into the program will study in their focus area for two of their eight courses.  In addition to the year-long enriched arts curriculum, students work with guest artists, attend field trips, engage in cross-curricular activities and participate in practice, rehearsals and studio work outside of class time. Arts Mackenzie has a strong emphasis on transferable skills that encourage students to become independent, successful high achievers in any field.  
Arts Mackenzie offers a pre-professional program that builds a foundation of success for all post-secondary pathways.
Further Information About the Program:  
Acceptance into Arts Mackenzie is based on a completed application and a successful audition/portfolio presentation.  All application documents, including references, can be found on our Application Page​.
Application forms for September 2020 are due on Friday, November 29, 2019 at 4 p.m. to the main office.  Grade 8 and 9 students who live within the York Region District School Board Central Arts Boundaries are invited to apply to our program.

Students must submit a completed application, complete with both an academic reference and artistic reference to be guaranteed a January audition.  There is a $25 fee to apply to Arts Mackenzie. 

Arts Mackenzie Auditions

Auditions for Arts Mackenzie are conducted in January 2020.  Students will be contacted directly about audition dates and times after submitting a successful application.
Click through this website for information about each discipline's specific audition requirements.  Please contact the individual department if you have any questions about auditions. 
Information Nights for Arts Mackenzie

Arts Mackenzie is hosting its annual Arts Information Night on October 16, 2019 at 7p.m. at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.  This evening will feature student performances and art exhibitions from the Arts Mackenzie program.  Prospective students will have a chance to meet current students and faculty, and find out more information about the application process.  Grade 7, 8 and 9 students interested in the Arts Mackenzie program are encouraged to attend with their parents/guardians.  

Families can reserve tickets for Arts Information Night by e-mailing​.  

In addition to Arts 
Information Night, every fall Alexander Mackenzie High School hosts an open house where students can tour the Arts Mackenzie facilities. Please join us on October 29, 2019 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for our Open House.
For more information please contact or for specific questions on the various disciplines please contact the Department Head directly: 
​Music Department
Theatre & Dance
Visual Art
Additional Information About Arts Mackenzie Courses: 
Click on the PDFs to see what's happening in our studios.
  • Anne ​Frank Public School
  • Aurora Grove Public School
  • Aurora Heights Public School
  • Baythorn Public School – only students whose home school is listed in AMHS grouping
  • Bayview Hill Elementary School
  • Beverley Acres Public School
  • Bond Lake Public School
  • Charles Howitt Public School
  • Crosby Heights Public School
  • Devins Drive Public School
  • H.G. Bernard Public School
  • Hartman Public School
  • Herbert H. Carnegie Public School – students
    who live east of Dufferin Street
  • Highview Public School
  • Kettle Lakes Public School
  • Kettleby Public School       
  • King City Public School
  • Lake Wilcox Public School
  • Lincoln Alexander Public School
  • MacLeod's Landing Public School
  • Moiraine Hills Public School

  • Nellie McClung Public School
  • Nobleton Senior Public School
  • Northern Lights Public School
  • O.M. MacKillop Public School
  • Oak Ridges Public School
  • Pleasantville Public School
  • Red Maple Public School
  • Redstone Public School
  • Regency Acres Public School
  • Richmond Rose Public School
  • Rick Hansen Public School
  • Roselawn Public School
  • Ross Doan Public School
  • Schomberg Public School
  • Silver Pines Public School
  • Silver Stream Public School
  • Sir John A. MacDonald Public School
  • Sixteenth Avenue Public School
  • Trillium Woods Public School
  • Victoria Square Public School
  • Walter Scott Public School
  • Wellington Public School (formerly Aurora Senior Public School)


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