Private arts schools

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Do you have a child with an artistic bent? If so, an arts school may be just what the doctor ordered. Read more

List of private arts schools

  • Burlington, Ontario
    Brant Avenue/Mount Forest Drive
  • 9 to 12 Coed
  • $13,800

Our outstanding faculty fosters learning through small classes, a focus on arts disciplines and introducing unique programs not offered elsewhere (e.g. Animation, Dance, Music, and Film & Video).

  • Day
  • Traditional
Burlington Royal Arts Academy 13800 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $1,600 to $6,250

ArtsCalibre Academy empowers students through creativity, mindfulness and leadership. We offer comprehensive educational programs for Preschool through Grade 12.

  • Day
  • Progressive
  • Reggio Emilia
ArtsCalibre Academy 1600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Brock Street South/Dundas Streer West
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $10,500 to $14,000

The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for his/her uniqueness and is taught accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program.

  • Day
  • Montessori
Hatch House Montessori School 10500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Shuter Street/Bond Street
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • $7,500

St. Michael’s Choir School was founded in 1937 and provides sacred music for services at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica. Located in downtown Toronto, SMCS is an all boys school from grades 3 through 12.

  • Day
  • Traditional
St. Michael's Choir School 7500 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Sheppard Ave W/Bathurst St
  • JK to 8 Coed
  • $16,295 to $19,355

Heschel provides a progressive, academically innovative, interdisciplinary Jewish education in a warm, nurturing environment. Students develop habits of mind, body, heart and soul that enable them to make a difference.

  • Day
  • Liberal Arts
The Toronto Heschel School 16295 Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • Calgary, Alberta
    12 Ave SW/8 St SW
  • 7 to 12 Coed
  • $16,400 to $24,415

Established in 1991, Alberta Ballet School is recognized as one of Canada’s leading professional dance schools. with an annual enrollment of approximately 100 local, national and international students.

  • Boarding/Day
  • Traditional
Alberta Ballet School 16400 MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Day Coed

Luckily, there are plenty of great private arts-intensive schools in Canada. These schools give the arts a central focus, while also providing top-notch instruction in core academics.

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Different types of arts schools

There are several different types of art schools to choose from. This includes both visual and performing arts schools. Some of these schools focus on a particular art form, while others provide instruction in a wide range of arts.

Visual arts schools can provide instruction in any combination of the following subjects:

Performing arts schools can provide instruction in any combination of the following subjects:

Approaches to teaching art

There are several ways to teach art. For the fine arts, the main approaches are receptive, creative, and expressive.

Beyond these pedagogies, there are also different ways schools can deliver an arts curriculum. Most schools either have a segregated or integrated art curriculum.

With a segregated curriculum, art is taught separately from other core subjects. On this approach, one part of the day is reserved for the arts and the other part for other core subjects. For instance, in a dance school, it may be that half the day is dedicated to dance instruction, while the other half is dedicated to math, science, English, and the like.

Meanwhile, with an integrated curriculum, art is not taught as a completely separate subject from other core subjects. On this approach, the arts are found in many parts of the curriculum. For instance, in Waldorf schools, music, poetry, and the visual arts are often threaded throughout the curriculum.

Benefits of private art schools

There are many perks to going to a private art school. Like other private schools in Canada, they will tend to have first-rate teachers, small classes, individualized instruction, plenty of resources, and several other benefits. Each of course will also have its own unique culture, community, and feel.

Beyond that, an art school will give your child the chance to pursue their passion. From singing and dancing to drawing and painting, they’ll be able to explore and develop their unique interests and talents.

This often provides just the kind of challenge and stimulation that a child or teenager needs. In addition to kids with an artistic bent, art schools can often be ideal for kids with advanced learning needs, and other special needs, such as learning disabilities and behavioural issues.

On this page, find the top private art schools in Canada. Click on a school profile to learn more about a school’s programs, curricular approaches, cost, and more. Find an art school near you.


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