Fine Arts Focus

Fine Arts Focus Program

Students entering Secondary 1 to 5 who wish to join the program in September 2021, must contact the program coordinator to apply.  More information to come for spring auditions.

     For program information:

Mrs. Deborah Cavalheiro:   (

Click here to watch a short video about our program. 


Fine Arts Focus provides a vibrant arts core education that promotes academic success through artistic exploration. Students will have the opportunity to participate in performances and exhibitions that strive to develop their artistic potential. Students in the program have a reduced academic day that allows for two hours of artistic instruction per day, 4 days a week. The students follow the same curriculum as the students in our General Studies program, but with approximately 70% of the class time. The four Fine Arts Focus program days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays where their academic day ends at 1:56, instead of having four 73 minute periods that end at 4:02. On Wednesdays, the concentration program students follow this regular school day model and do not have their Fine Arts Focus program time built into their academic day.

Disciplines offered

- Dance 
- Drama  
- Music (Concert Band, Choir and Specialization)
- Visual Arts 
Facilities include an excellent auditorium facility, computer labs, dance studios, a fully equipped TV studio (with cable broadcast capability), music rooms with individual practice rooms, spacious art rooms with projectors, pottery wheels and kiln and a readily accessible A/V center.


Admission into the Fine Arts Focus program is based on a combination of academic, artistic, and interview skills. Students applying to Dance, Drama, and Music must pass an audition. Visual Arts applicants must provide a portfolio of work and audition through a drawing test.

Applicants are asked to submit their most recent report card.  The academic assessments are used to help ensure that the selected candidates will be successful with the accelerated pace of the instruction in their academic classes.  Note that sudents in the Concentration Programs are placed in Enriched French (French de base and Francais langue d'enseignment are not available).

Audition schedule:  TBA



              DANCE Criteria (experienced dancers only)

Applicants are asked to prepare a 1-minute original creation (solo) in the dance style of their choice.  They will perform their solo live through Zoom.  Students will also be interviewed and asked to demonstrate dance technique during the audition.  Applicants are asked to dress to dance*.

Students will be evaluated on their technical skills, their energy, their stage presence, and their overall performance. 

*Students should be prepared to dance in proper dance attire. Proper attire includes running shoes and ballet OR jazz shoes.  Students should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip-hop.


Applicants will participate in an online drawing test.  They will also be required to present in a Zoom interview, a student portfolio of 6-7 pieces of varying artworks (painting, drawing, sculptures, etc.)  that reflect:

  • Presentation
  • Technical Ability
  • Technical Versatility
  • Originality
  • Imagination

Along with the portfolio, students must be prepared to present during their Zoom interview, a one to two paragraph explanation of the process they went through to create one of the pieces in their portfolio.

DRAMA Criteria

Applicants will be required to be prepared to present a 1-2 minute monologue that will be delivered live through a Zoom interview.  This monologue may be an original creation or from a play. (Monologues taken from movies are strongly discouraged.) Be sure that the monologue is well-rehearsed and memorized. The monologue will be assessed on the following criteria :

VOICE: Volume, Tone, and Vocal Characterization.
PHYSICALIZATION: Movement and Stage Presence

Applicants will also be required to submit a 1-page essay describing the planning and rehearsal process for the monologue. This must be submitted in an envelope with the child’s name on it at the beginning of the audition.

During the audition, applicants will also be interviewed.

MUSIC Criteria

Applicants will be required to prepare a video recording of themselves performing 3 contrasting pieces, totaling a maximum of 8 minutes.  More detailed information concerning the format and submission of this recording will be provided at the time of application.  Applicants may perform on a band instrument (flute, trumpet, drum kit, etc.), guitar, piano, or vocally.  Students may audition with pieces in any style or genre, including but not limited to Classical, Jazz, Pop, Broadway, and Rock. 

 Applicants will also undergo a Zoom interview which will include questions on their motivation for entering the program, their musical background, and their musical goals.  Applicants will also undergo a series of short musical aptitude exercises during the zoom interview.  Applicants will be asked about band instrument preferences, as well as preference for private lesson specialization (voice, piano, or guitar). The interview will last a total of no more than 15 minutes, including the interview and exercises.  
















Deborah Marleau Cavalheiro
HRHS Fine Arts Focus Program Coordinator 
Tel: (450) 678-1070 ext. 6581