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Arts and Science Academy of Canada
Arts and Science Academy of Canada
7 Bradwick Drive, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 2T4
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Arts and Science Academy of Canada

7 Bradwick Drive, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 2T4

Curriculum:
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$10,000 to 31,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 12
Enrolment:
Day: Varies (Gr. 5 - 12), Boarding: Varies (Gr. JK - 12)

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Diana Boltinsky

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School Address
7 Bradwick Drive, Vaughan, Ontario, L4K 2T4

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About this school:

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At Arts and Science Academy of Canada (ASAC) students receive an academic education based on an enhanced curriculum as well as a complete immersion in the arts: Ballet, Music and Visual Arts. ASAC provides students with the necessary tools to grow through their personal achievements, public performances and competitions. ASAC is the school of Victoria Ballet Company. Graduates of ASAC are able to pursue a career at any higher education institution of their choice.


Principal's Message

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Victoria Mironova, Artistic Director

Arts and Science Academy of Canada is a private school that provides its students with an excellent academic education coupled with specialization in one of our artistic divisions: Ballet, Visual Arts, Music, and Vocal. It guarantees a sound foundation to achieve academic and professional success. We want our students to be the best, so we work each and every day to help them become confident, empowered and wise individuals. We know they will be inspired by their artistic strengths and will become more resilient as a result of their experience.

Arts and Science Academy of Canada – ASAC – is the fuel that ignites creativity and imagination in children. Since it open its doors in 2004, ASAC has been empowering young (and very young!) artists from around the world through education, training, and professional opportunities. The inspiration for ASAC came from the creative mind of Ms. Victoria Mironova – the artistic director and founder of Victoria Ballet Company and Victoria International Ballet Academy. In her drive to support classical and traditional arts in the community Ms. Mironova founded the company, and then the school, in order to raise new generations of international talent. Since then ASAC has evolved into a full-fledged private school with a dedicated academic program that supports the professional art programs. The Academy has continued its expansion, first with the addition of a professional Fine Arts school and then with the opening of its Music and Vocal schools. Each department of the Academy is led by talented educators who are also active professionals in their fields. The curriculum is carefully constructed to reflect the present and near future trends of each area of focus.

TEACHERS

Victoria Mironova M.Ed, Artistic Director

Russian ballerina, instructor of ballet, choreographer and teacher with the highest qualifications is the founder of Victoria International Ballet Academy (2003) and Victoria Ballet Company (2004). In 1977, she graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg and received her Ballet Dancer Diploma (Artiste de Ballet). She then upgraded her skills at the one year Master Class of the great Natalia Dudinskaya, People’s Artist of the USSR, to become a Principal Dancer. Victoria has 21 years of professional dance experience. In 1995, after 4 years of university studies, she graduated from the Pedagogical (Teachers) Department of the Vaganova Ballet Academy majoring in teaching choreographic disciplines.

Elena Dimitrieva M.Ed - Ballet

Russian ballerina, senior instructor of ballet and character dance, choreographer and teacher with the highest qualifications. In 1978, she graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia with the diploma of ballet dancer (Artiste de Ballet) and practiced for one year at the Master Class of the People’s Artist of the USSR Natalya M. Dudinskaya. She has 25 years of professional dance experience. In 2001, after 5 years of university studies, she graduated from the Pedagogical (Teachers) Department of the Vaganova Ballet Academy majoring in teaching choreographic disciplines  (Vaganova syllabus). Since then, she has taught ballet, character and historical dances in Russia, Japan and Canada. She received an award in Japan for her creation of a new ballet workout program for adults.

Evgeni Matoussov B.F.A. B.Ed - Visual Arts

A practicing artist for 15 years with advanced qualifications and training in Russian and Canadian art schools. During his career he has exhibited and sold his artwork in Russia, Canada, the United States, England, and Israel. His expertise is the result of classical Russian-School training, contemporary practice, and digital artwork. After graduating from OCAD University in Toronto, Evgeni obtained a teaching degree at the University of Toronto. For the past eight years Evgeni has been developing and perfecting the professional High School Fine Arts program offered at ASAC.

Vyacheslav Nizovtsev B.A. - Music & Vocal

Slava Nizovtsev was a baritone singer and Stage Director of the famous Mariinsky Opera Company, St. Petersburg, Russia. He has over 20 years of experience and has performed with his company for the best opera houses. His repertoire includes over 80 operas in 5 original languages. He is a graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatory, department of Opera Stage Directing.

 


Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts


What Arts and Science Academy says: The Academy uses the Big History Project curriculum that presents students with the entire history of the universe – scientifically accurate – as the conceptual framework for learning Mathematics, English, Science, French, Social Science, and Arts. Why is this great? The program was developed by an Australian history professor and is currently supported by a range of scientists and educators including Bill Gates. Having a framework for all knowledge and learning helps students develop a worldview that is consistently interconnected and meaningful, where, like in reality, everything follows everything else. That is why our students are usually ahead of the public education program, particularly in mathematics. Help your children advance faster and retain more knowledge.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Arts: Dance • Performing arts


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Arts and Science Academy 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 Balanced Literacy

      Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  


    • What Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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

    • What Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  


    • What Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Science Expository

      Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • 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 Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Social Studies Thematic

      The Thematic approach organizes the curriculum around certain themes or cultural universals. Students might spend time focused on food. Then they might focus on transportation or government, and so on.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  


    • What Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • French • Russian • Spanish • ESL


    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology Light integration

      Computers are used in the classroom from time to time, but integrating technology into everything students do is not a dominant focus. Digital literacy is understood to be a legitimate skill in the 21st century, but not one that should distract from teaching the subject at hand, or more fundamental skills and literacies. The idea is today’s students, being “digital natives”, are likely exposed to computers and new media enough outside the classroom: the role of the school, rather, should be to develop competencies that may otherwise get missed.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Arts and Science Academy says: Physical education is introduced through daily ballet and dance training, from 30 minutes to 3 hours a day depending on age and preferences of each student. Students who choose not dance artistic subjects, will join at least few dance classes a week and stretching or acro dance classes.


    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 Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Arts and Science Academy 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 Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Arts and Science Academy says: Our kindergarten program includes Math, English, Science, and French. Students participate in fun educational activities, have outdoors play time, a warm lunch, and before they realize it, they have completed the educational material for grade 1 while still in kindergarten. Give your children a leg-up in education and help them start their schooling years right, with a solid foundation, curiosity, and a desire to learn more. Admission to JK and SK is open for all children capable of engaging in active physical exercise.


    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 Arts and Science Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Physical

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

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

    What Arts and Science Academy says: Academic subjects are taught at the school concurrently with one artistic subject: ballet, music, vocal, and visual arts. High level of mentorship and engagement in the learning and artistic training process provide students with the optimal environment to acquire important life skills.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Arts and Science Academy offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support Very High

    Very High

    Arts and Science Academy is a full-time gifted school and so offers a highly specialized environment for gifted learners.

    Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    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 Arts and Science Academy 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.

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesJK to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

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    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Location
    Amount
    Lunch recessAmount

    What Arts and Science Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    Extracurriculars

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    What Arts and Science Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Gymnastics
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Animation
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Computer Club
      Dance Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Photography
      Robotics club
      Science Club
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Day Boarding (Domestic: in province) Boarding (Domestic: out of province) Boarding (International) Homestay (Domestic: in province) Homestay (Domestic: out of province) Homestay (International)
     
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    Day$10,000$12,000$16,000$19,000
    Boarding (Domestic: in province)$28,000
    Boarding (Domestic: out of province)$28,000
    Boarding (International)$31,000
    Homestay (Domestic: in province)$28,000
    Homestay (Domestic: out of province)$28,000
    Homestay (International)$31,000
    What Arts and Science Academy says: Tuition fees depend on the academic grade of the student. For international students we have included the cost of home-stay for the whole academic year from September to June. We offer payment plans and scholarships for talented students.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 1 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid20%
    Average aid package size$1,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid20%
    Total aid available$3,000

    Application Deadline:
    March 31, 2017 Repeats annually

    More information:
    edu.victoriaballet.ca/claim-assessment/

    Application Details:

    Please see this link for pre-assessment of candidates: http://edu.victoriaballet.ca/claim-assessment/



    Merit based Scholarships

    Talented student scholarship
    Amount: 20%
    Other
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6 to 12—

    The Talented student scholarship is provided based on results of audition.

    Application Details:

    Do not delay and fill out the Assesment Request. It is absolutely free and you have no further obligation. We are looking for talent!

    For more details, visit: edu.victoriaballet.ca

    Enrollment

    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. JK - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)N/A

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview1 - 4
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)5 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    March 31, 2017

    Boarding students:
    March 31, 2017


    What Arts and Science Academy says:

    A talent can be discovered during our artistic assessments just schedule an appointment with one of our teachers by filling out the Assessment Request and we will call or write to you to arrange your child’s assessment. Please do not delay as there may be a waiting list. You can choose one or more programs:

    • Visual Arts
    • Music
    • Vocal
    • Ballet

    See the following page for more details: http://edu.victoriaballet.ca/claim-assessment/



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    70%

    Type of student Arts and Science Academy of Canada is looking for: We are looking for students that enjoy learning and artistic education in the areas of dance, arts and music & vocal.


    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

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    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
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    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
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    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)


    Notable Alumni

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    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    ANASTASIA  LOSKUTOV 2011 Anastasia was a First Prize winner of the Odessa International Ballet Competition in Ukraine, in June 2012. She has also represented Canada in international competitions in Beijing, China
    ELIZAVETA  MIRONOVA 2011 Since November 2014, she is the leading ballerina of the Moscow State Ballet. Elizabeth is a guest dancer of the Victoria Ballet Company of Canada.

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Testimonial from one of our students

    Victoria Ballet Academy is a very special place for me. This is where I first encountered ballet at  the age of 13 and a half, and ever since then, it became my passion and my life. I was able to experience the most professional and serious training that the school has to offer when I was accepted to the Day School program. The academy quickly became a second home for me; it was the place where I took academic classes, dance classes, attended rehearsals, and made friends. I am forever grateful to my dance teachers, Victoria Mironova and Elena Dmitrieva who instilled in me the determination, self-discipline, attention to detail, and courage necessary to pursue my dreams. Their tremendous love for ballet inspired me to always give 100% of my efforts and to learn all I could about this art form. Even now that I have finished my training, Victoria and Elena continue guiding me on my way to a professional career, giving me advice and providing opportunities. I am always happy to return to the academy to take classes and to perform in its productions, because I always feel inspired and welcome here.

    ...



    TESTIMONIAL

    I discovered your academy through an online search when looking for ballet summer programs for Ireland. This was our very first experience with you, your staff, and your students. I would like to say first and foremost that you should commend your students on their professionalism, and general embrace. They were very welcoming and friendly towards Ireland , as well as myself. I feel that the students of a facility are a direct representation and reflection of those who teach them, so clearly you and your staff are doing something right. Ireland felt so comfortable, and enjoyed the class and the students so much so, that she said she'd love to be able to join them every Friday eve. Please let your fine young dancers how incredible they really are , as positive feedback inspires people to continue to strive for excellence.

     Not once did you or your staff make us feel like we were an inconvenience, or like we were outsiders. We felt very welcome, much like we would have if it was our home studio. I was very appreciative of your willingness to allow me to watch not only Ireland's class, but the class of your advanced students. It was truly a privilege to be able to witness such brilliant and passionate instruction, as well as to enjoy the talent and focus of those young girls. Thank you.  I also very much appreciated Ms. Elena taking a few moments to speak to me after the class and offer some feedback on Ireland's dancing in the class. I'm certain she is a busy woman. The facility is lovely, and the environment warm and welcoming. Any questions I had were willingly answered. Again, I thank you, your staff and your students tenfold. We could not have asked for a better first impression, or experience.

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