Edmonton Catholic Schools offers a wide variety of Fine Arts programming for students and parents who wish to have a greater emphasis on the Fine Arts in their educational choices.
Fine Arts Focus Schools
The Fine Arts Focus Schools are St. Boniface Elementary School (K-6) and Louis St. Laurent Junior/Senior High School (7-12). St. Boniface School is the elementary feeder school for Louis St. Laurent School so these two schools constitute a complete program from K-12 that develops the Fine Arts through various curricula.
- St. Boniface Elementary School is grounded in achieving excellence within the academic areas and the fine arts focus enhances and reinforces high academic achievement. To truly benefit from arts education children need to be immersed in the discipline and practice the art. All students have gifts and St. Boniface School provides the students with increased opportunities to realize their potential in and through the fine arts. St. Boniface School, a Primary Years Programme IB World School, allows all students to participate in an arts infused program within a Catholic environment.
- Louis St. Laurent Junior/Senior High School encourages secondary students to develop their individual passions and interests in the areas of Drama, Music, Art and Dance. In Junior High students are required to take at least one of the Fine Arts as an option and can declare a major in a particular Fine Arts area starting in grade 8. In High School, students can tailor their Fine Arts interests with courses in the four Fine Arts, or choose to enroll in either the full year Dance Intensive Program or the Theatre Intensive Program. Louis St. Laurent School, a Middle Years and Diploma Programme IB World School, presents a variety of performances throughout the year including both junior and senior high musical stage productions, Big Band Night, Music Concert and Art Show, Dance showcases, and the LSL Fine Arts Festival.
Fine Arts Academies
The Fine Arts Academies are schools that offer a wider variety of Fine Arts courses and activities than most schools. These programs often focus on one particular area or are for a particular population.
- J. H. Picard Elementary/Junior/Senior High School is a single track K-12 French Immersion school that offers its students a wide variety of instruction in many Fine Arts Areas. The grades 7-12 Fine Arts Academy program offers music and art and focuses primarily on the dramatic arts. The Junior and Senior High students can choose to participate in Théâtre PicArts, Les Flaming Escargots, Voice, Music, Art and Show Groups. There are many opportunities for performance through several school productions and Improv competitions.
- St. Nicholas Junior High School offers students opportunities to explore a variety of Fine Arts subjects. The opportunities for performance are numerous with students presenting at their school events, District events and at their feeder elementary schools.
- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Elementary/Junior High School offers students from grades 4 to 9 the ability to advance their knowledge about and presentation of their talents and skills through the Performing Arts Academy. By intertwining the study of and appreciation for a wide range of Fine Arts areas, students are encouraged to develop their gifts and cultivate their passions.
- St. Martin Elementary School is a single track Ukrainian Bilingual program school and St. Matthew Elementary School is a dual track Ukrainian Bilingual program. Both schools offer the Ukrainian Dance Academy to the students enroled at their schools only. The program develops the child’s expressive and artistic skills through dance and ballet and the students are taught by Ukrainian dance specialists and RAD trained ballet instructors. The Dance program is taught within the Alberta Program of Studies and the Academy is partnered with the Alberta Ukrainian Dance Association. This tuition-based optional program does not compete with other established dance groups. Rather the Dance Academy is a support for Ukrainian Dance groups in that it provides serious dance students with additional dance opportunities within a school context. Academy students will not tour, perform or compete as Academy members. Academy members are encouraged to join established dance groups.
Please contact the schools for registration and program information.