Voted Oakville's Best Preschool and having received the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Education, the Oakville Academy School for the Arts nurtures independent and creative thinkers, enthusiastic life-long learners, active explorers and compassionate and respectful human beings. The school offers an arts-enriched learning environment for children 2.5 - 5 years of age with a variety of enrolment options including half day and full day programming with extended care options available.— Visit school website
Finland, famously, has one of the strongest educational systems in the world, and there are perhaps many reasons for that. One of them, however, is the integration of the arts. The belief is that children are never too young to begin a relationship with music, dance, and the fine arts, and that all are components of how we engage with the world around us and communicate our ideas to others. In North America, we tend to compartmentalize and, worse, to present the arts too often within a context of performance. The Oakville Academy, by contrast, is a little bit of Finland: students are encouraged to experience the whole range of the arts, and to do so across the curriculum, rather than focus in a particular area. It’s less about expertise than it is exposure and an engagement with hands-on work, using it as a point of engagement with the course content and interaction with others. They students do learn about art, of course, including various techniques and media, though the interface between that and the core curriculum is porous and varied. Instruction is student-centred, and the community of the school is close-knit and family-oriented. The ideal student is one who will thrive within a very active, diverse, and social learning environment.