Arts and Languages

Drama, language, and other arts programs at private schools

Students at several different private schools discuss the benefit of those schools' rich focus on arts and language.


Behind the brushstrokes

When the Grade 8 class produced and performed in a production of Fiddler On The Roof, they were doing much more than entertaining a crowdthey were learning.

Even the backdrop for the play, designed and painted by the students in the style of the late artist Marc Chagallwith help from their visual arts teacher Anna Grudawas incorporated into an overall lesson.

"By studying the biography of Chagall in art class, we were able to learn more about the time period in Russia when the play took place," says Simon, a 14-year-old student. "We all helped paint this huge canvas with colours and images Chagall used in his work."

The result was quite spectacular and the project helped the students relate to the characters they were playing on stage.

At Toronto Waldorf School, in Thornhill, Ontario, students spend three-week intervals focusing on one main lesson, while a number of their other classes, including art, support the subject they're learning.

"It allows the students to really immerse themselves in something specific," says Gruda. 
 

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Joining the culture club

When Grade 8 student Jimena, travelled to Marseilles, France earlier this year to compete in an international gymnastic competition, it changed her opinion about learning French.

"It was my first time in Europe so it was a great experience to see how different things are," she says.

Jimena was grateful for the opportunity to practice what she has been learning in the classroom at St. Jude's Academy, in Mississauga, Ontario, since almost everyone she encountered on her trip spoke French. This experience made her decide to take her learning of the language to the next level.

"When I came back to Canada, I was inspired to learn French so that I can speak fluently," she says. "I finally realized that there was a point to learning another language."

Taking centre stage

Justin, 15, is learning about William Shakespeare by participating in a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream in which he's playing the role of Demetrius.

"My character is really snobby and stuck-up," he says. "It's fun playing different personalities."

Each year, the Grade 9 and 10 students from Venta Preparatory School, in Ottawa, Ontario team up with the Grade 2 class to bring Shakespeare's plays to life.

"You literally want to become your character on stage," says Justin. "You have to speak and think like him."

The school is also involving students in the younger grades. Justin notes that the children in Grade 2 will play the fairies.

"They don't have many lines, but they love to dance around in their costumes, he says.

—Hailey Eisen & Claudia D'Souza
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  • Scarborough, Ontario
    Kennedy Road/Progress Avenue
  • NS to 6 Coed
  • $16,775 to $17,200

Enquiring Minds Montessori is a one-of-a-kind Montessori Art School. We have created a unique learning experience that fosters academic and artistic excellence in a nurturing environment while challenging young minds.

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Enquiring Minds Montessori 16775 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary 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.

  • Day/Boarding
  • Traditional
Alberta Ballet School 16400 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Sheppard Ave W/Bathurst St
  • PS to 8 Coed
  • $8,500 to $19,950

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.

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  • Liberal Arts
The Toronto Heschel School 8500 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed
  • 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).

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Burlington Royal Arts Academy 13800 HighSchools Day Coed
  • Victoria, British Columbia
    Feltham/Tyndall
  • PS to 12 Coed
  • $1,600 to $8,500

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

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  • Reggio Emilia
ArtsCalibre Academy 1600 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Coed
  • Toronto, Ontario
    Shuter Street/Bond Street
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • $7,650

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.

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St. Michael's Choir School 7650 MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys
  • Whitby, Ontario
    Brock Street South/Dundas Streer West
  • NS to 8 Coed
  • $11,250 to $14,750

The Hatch House Montessori School is a very child centered school where each student is respected for their uniqueness and is guided through learning accordingly. Ask about our unique, fully bilingual elementary program.

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Hatch House Montessori School 11250 Preschool Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Coed

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