Choosing a School for the Artistically Gifted

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Now that school is back, the time is right to present a list of Quebec high schools in the public and private sectors with dedicated arts programs.

A number of schools have arts programs that consist of either more advanced courses in a few disciplines or a range of extracurricular activities. One example of the former is Royal West Academy, an alternative anglophone public-sector institution that offers a selection of programs in various fields. After three years devoted to the visual arts, there are a number of options to choose from in the last two, such as sound engineering, music performance, 3-D modeling, filmmaking, visual arts and graphic design. In the provincial capital, the École Cardinal-Roy is another public-sector institution that offers a joint studies program in arts and sports. Prospective students interested by the arts have several options to choose from as per their qualifications. Programs are focused on theatre, visual arts, choral music and circus performance.

In the private sector, there are no fewer than five schools with a specific arts program.

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One of these, the Collège Notre-Dame in Sherbrooke has an extracurricular program for dance in several styles that is offered in each of its five grades. The same applies for the Marcellin-Champagnat high school in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu with programs for artistic development in theatre, music, multi-media, visual arts and dance, also available in all five grades.

Founded by the Marist Brothers, a Roman Catholic religious order, the Collège Laval offers advanced programs in a number of artistic disciplines. Six to eight additional study periods are appended to the curriculum, the number determined by an individual’s abilities. Collège Claretin in Victoriaville offers similar arts programs in the areas of stage performance (workshops in voice, theatre, drum corps, dance) and visual arts. Students at Montreal’s Collège Saint-Jean-Vianney are granted an added period of time per day to pursue an activity of their choice, either in visual arts, or in dance, the latter available in all grades from 7 to 11, the former restricted to the first three.

PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTOR ARTS PROGRAMS

There are public sector schools with focused arts programs, some in a range of disciplines, others in a single one. For more information on the criteria of admission, refer to the website of each institution. In the private sector, two Quebec schools offer focused arts programs: Collège Saint-Joseph de Hull in Gatineau for fine arts and Collège Sacré-Cœur in Sherbrooke for dance. Listed below are educational institutions with arts programs duly recognized by the province’s Ministry of Education.(1)

(1) Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur : « Projets de concentration en arts » Go to: www.bit.ly/2Peq4u9

VISUAL ARTS

QUEBEC CITY

  • École Louis-Joseph-Papineau

visual arts and multimedia

LAVAL

  • École Horizon Jeunesse
  • École Curé-Antoine-Labelle

MONTÉRÉGIE

Saint-Hyacinthe

  • École secondaire Casavant

inter-disciplinairy program in music, visual arts and theatre

Saint-Hubert

  • École André-Laurendeau

Longueuil

  • École Jacques-Rousseau

MONTREAL

  • École Édouard-Montpetit

arts-études

  • École Lucien-Pagé

visual arts or media arts

  • École FACE

educational institution dedicated to the arts with four main programs,          two for music (vocal and instrumental), and one each for visual arts and theatre. From kindergarten to Grade 11.

GATINEAU

  • École secondaire Grande-Rivière

SAGUENAY

  • Polyvalente Jonquière

interdisciplinary program in visual arts and theatre

THEATRE

DRUMMONDVILLE

  • École La Poudrière

SHERBROOKE

  • École de la Montée

PASBÉBIAC

  • École polyvalente de Paspébiac

LAVAL

  • École Curé-Antoine-Labelle

TROIS-RIVIÈRES

  • École Chavigny

MONTÉRÉGIE

Saint-Hyacinthe

  • École Casavant

Saint-Hubert

  • École André-Laurendeau

MONTRÉAL

  • École Lucien-Pagé

Multi-Arts and Media programs (visual arts + multimédia and              theatre

  • École FACE
  • École Robert-Gravel

educational institution focused solely on theatre. Divided in two distinct programs: acting and production.

SAGUENAY

  • Polyvalente Jonquière

CIRCUS

MONTREAL

  • École Édouard-Montpetit

DANCE

SAINTE-ADÈLE

  • École secondaire
    Augustin-Norbert-Morin

SAINT-HUBERT

  • École André-Laurendeau

LAVAL 

  • École Curé-Antoine-Labelle

MONTREAL

  • École Édouard-Montpetit
  • École Lucien-Pagé

MUSIC

AMOS

  • École secondaire d’Amos

La Calypso bldg.

winds and percussion

  • École polyvalente de la Forêt

winds and percussions

QUEBEC

  • École Jean-de-Brébeuf

winds and percussions

CENTRAL QUEBEC

Drummondville

  • École Jean-Raimbault

strings, guitar, piano, winds and percussion

Saint-Léonard-d’Aston

  • École secondaire La Découverte

winds and percussion

MONT-TREMBLANT

  • École polyvalente Curé-Mercure

winds and percussion

MONTÉRÉGIE

Saint-Hyacinthe

  • École Casavant

Greenfield Park

  • École secondaire Saint-Edmond

winds and percussion

MONTREAL

  • École FACE
  • École Joseph-François-Perrault

arts program with classical music curriculum

  • École Marguerite-De Lajemmerais

arts program with guitar curriculum

  • École Saint-Luc

music program with a jazz focus

Dorval

  • École secondaire Dorval-Jean XXIII

winds and percussion

GATINEAU

  • École secondaire Grande-Rivière

winds and percussion

Translation by Marc Chénard

 

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