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ArtsWest Virtual Open House

Thursday, November 5th, 2020

Link will be posted soon

The Arts Westmount program is a tremendous opportunity for students to develop strong artistic skills in a safe, inclusive environment.  With an enriched curriculum and exposure to professional artists, the Arts Westmount experience is demanding yet rewarding. 

Arts Westmount is one of four secondary schools offering the Specialized Arts program in the York Region District School Board. This Secondary Arts Program is a four-year intensive arts program for artistically talented students in York Region. This program includes a package of eight specialized arts credits offered as part of the high school curriculum. Applications for all Secondary Arts Programs are due in early December each year. 

The Westmount Arts programs include: Dance, Drama, Music (Instrumental Winds, Vocal) and Visual Arts. Arts Westmount accepts students from elementary schools in the West area of the York Region District School Board. (Please see Feeder school tab for eligible schools).

Entry into the Grade 9 Arts Program is through an audition and/or portfolio presentation process in January of the student's grade 8 year. There are a maximum of 28 spaces available in each of the four Arts disciplines. In grade 9, students will study in their focus area for two of their eight courses. They will join the regular grade 9 students for their other six courses. The Arts program will involve guest artists, field trips, and some after school practices/rehearsals/studio work as well as classroom instruction.

The Arts Westmount program is a collaborative effort on the part of the school and its Arts departments, including Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art.  We have a strong emphasis on transferable skills that encourage students to become independent, successful high achievers in any field. Arts Westmount offers a pre-professional program that builds a foundation of success for all students, regardless of their post- secondary pathway.​


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