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20​21-2022 Arts Mackenzie Application is now closed. 

Arts Welcome Night 2021

Information Nights for Arts Mackenzie

Arts Mackenzie is hosting its annual Arts Information Night on November 5, 2020.  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.  

Please click on the link above to view this year’s Arts Information Night, which includes information about the 2021 selection process. 


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 successful completion of the selection process. All application documents can be found on our Application Page​.

Registration for September 2021 will open November 16th and is due by Monday, December 7, 2020.  The application portfolio will be sent by email to students YRDSB accounts on December 7, 2020 and are due January 11, 2021.  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 interested in applying for two disciplines must identify their second discipline in their Edsby application.  Edsby will only accept one application per family.   Please e-mail or​ if you have any questions regarding applying for two disciplines.  

For more information please contact or for specific questions on the various disciplines please contact the Department Head directly: 
​Music Department
Dance & Theatre
Visual Art
Additional Information About Arts Mackenzie Courses: 
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