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Arts Information Night November 9th at 7 p.m. 

YouTube - YRDSB Regional Specialized Arts Program Information Night 2021

Step One: Registration t​hrough Edsby November 10th - December 6th 
(Link To Registration Posted On This Website On November 10, 2021)

Step Two:
Application through ePortfolio Submission December 10th - January 10th
(Information E-Mailed To Families By December 10, 2021)

Step Three:
Communication of Results (Late January 2021) 

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​Information Night for Arts Mackenzie

Arts Mackenzie is hosting its annual Arts Information Night on November 9, 2021.  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 this digital presentation with their parents/guardians. 

The information night will be broadcast via Alexander Mackenzie High School YouTube​ 
at 7 p.m. on November 9, 2021.  The digital broadcast will be available on this website. 

Please view the
2020 live stream of Arts Information Night, which includes information about last year's 2020 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.

Interested in receiving updates regarding the 2022 Arts Mackenzie Selection process?  Please input your e-mail for updates on this
signup form

Further Information About the Program


Application and Selection Process 

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 when released in November 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.

tudents 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 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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