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Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts
Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts
108 Park Street West, Dundas, Ontario, L9H 1X4
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Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts

108 Park Street West, Dundas, Ontario, L9H 1X4

Curriculum:
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
3 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$11,700 to $27,000 /year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. 4 - 12), Homestay: Varies (Gr. 9 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Anna Shkolnik

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School Address
108 Park Street West, Dundas, Ontario, L9H 1X4

About this school:

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Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts is an Independent not for profit school with charitable status for students in Grades 3 to 12 to pursue excellence in both the Performing Arts and Ontario Ministry of Education elementary and secondary curriculum. We offer specialized Arts programs in a supportive environment that strengthen the development of artistic abilities in Classical Ballet, Music, Vocal, and Drama.


The Our Kids review of Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts

our takeAll people, given an opportunity, would prefer to live and work within an environment that supports their sense of themselves, and which is populated by others who share their interests. That’s one of the primary benefits of enrolling in the HAPA: students enter an environment that affirms their sense of themselves, their values, and their passions. Likewise, the school day is organized to allow them to maximize their potential, with 3 hours of performing arts training each day. The ideal student is one who will thrive within a close-knit, challenging, and arts-focused academic and social environment.



Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts


What school says: We offer a specialized Art programs in a supportive environment that strengthen the development of artistic abilities in Classical Ballet, Music, Vocal, and Drama. Our arts programs are taught by professional artists in their chosen field. Students in classical ballet are given the opportunity to perform on professional stages and in a professional setting. A major drama production including song and dance is produced each year.\nThe Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts offers an academic program in both elementary and secondary school. We provide a program that is University preparatory, follows the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum and is taught by subject specialists. We are inspected by the Ministry and provide Secondary School Credits. The link we build between our academic and artistic programs is unique and our students excel both artistically and academically.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Arts: Performing arts • Acting • Dance


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Early Reading
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Science
    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    This school only begins in Gr. 3.
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 4 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What school says: This information is not currently available.



    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What school says about flexible pacing: We offer some online courses with opportunity to get advice or clarification from teachers.


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Physical

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Physical
    Strong, flexible-bodied, and active individuals, in tune the joys of movement, sport, and wellness.

    What school says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Moderate

    Moderate

    school provides special accomodations for certain learning disabilities (moderate to severe). They do not provide specialized support for developmental disabilities, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support
    • What school says: We have strategies and extra help for those students with mild challenges. Our low teacher student ratio allows for more attention to each child. However if a child has a clinically learning disability or physical limitations, we do not advise a parent enrol their child with us. \nOur focus is on Classical Ballet Drama and vocal music.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Dyscalculia
      Dysgraphia
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Developmental
      Autism
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Physical
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Blindness
      Deafness
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Psychotherapy
      Speech-language therapy
    • Summary: We do not have a special needs program. Students with mild ADHD excel in our program as we have a small teacher student ratio and provide some accommodations for test writing and certain classes. Focus that is required in Ballet, Drama and Vocal Classes provide a strong behavioural support for the students.

    • What school says: We have strategies and extra help for those students with mild challenges. Our low teacher student ratio allows for more attention to each child. However if a child has a clinically learning disability or physical limitations, we do not advise a parent enrol their child with us. \nOur focus is on Classical Ballet Drama and vocal music.


    Gifted Learner Support High

    High

    School offers a high degree of support for gifted learners.

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

     Grades345678
    Non-lunch recessFrequency No recess No recess No recess No recess No recess
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside
    Amount 15 15 15 15 15
    Lunch recessAmount

    What school says: Our students take Ballet everyday. We consider this p daily physical activity. We have short breaks between classes for students to either have a quick snack or drink before moving to the next class. At lunch students will eat lunch outside in our picnic area and remain outside for the whole lunch period during the warmer weather. In the winter, they eat inside and then have about a 15 minute outside break to play.



    Extracurriculars

    principal
    What school says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs offered: None


    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    This information is not currently available.



    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class sizeVaries
    Grades (gender)3 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission


    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class sizeN/A
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)





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