Fine Arts Focus

Fine Arts Focus Program

Grade 6 students wishing to apply for entrance to the program for the 2021-2022 academic year, may do so as of October 2020.  Registrations for the evaluations (academic and artistic) will be available online.  More details will be added to our website shortly.  

Students entering Secondary 2 to 5 who wish to join the program in September 2021, must contact the program coordinators to apply.

For program information:

Ms. A. Schellenberg:  FAF Music and FAF Visual Arts (

Ms. D. Cavalheiro:  FAF Dance and FAF Drama (

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 4 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 4:05. 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 
- Visual Arts  
- Music (Concert Band, Choir and Specialization)
- Drama 
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 assessed in English, French, and Mathematics.  Students' Grade 4 and 5 report cards are also reviewed and copies of these report cards must be submitted on the day of the academic tests.  The academic assessments are used to help ensure that the selected candidates will be successful with the accelerated pace of the academic instruction in their classes.



Visual Arts: TBA

Dance: TBA

Drama: TBA

Music: TBA

Fine Arts Focus Program
AUDITION CRITERIA by Concentration

DANCE Criteria (* dancers with experience only)


Applicants will be asked to learn and perform two or more short routines taught by one of the dance evaluators. These routines will vary in genre and style.

Applicants will also be asked to present a solo of their choice at the audition. Solo can be in any style and must be at least 45 seconds in length. 

Students will be evaluated on their technical skills, their energy, their stage presence, their ability to learn a routine 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 hiphop.



Applicants will be required to submit a Student Portfolio of 6-7 pieces of work  (painting, drawing, sculptures, etc) which reflects:

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

Along with the portfolio, students must prepare a one to two paragraph explanation of the process they went through to create one of the pieces in their portfolio.

Applicants will also be asked to undergo an audition drawing on the day of the interview which should last about two hours and materials will be provided by the teachers.

Students will be interviewed individually, asked to show the work in their portfolio, and asked questions about their artistic interests.


DRAMA Criteria

Applicants will be required to be prepared to present a 1-2 minute monologue. This monologue may be an original creation or from a play. (Monologues taken from movies are strongly discouraged.) Please 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, the students will undergo group testing through an improvisation activity, led by one of the teachers in the program.  This will be followed by a quick written reflection on the experience, completed during the audition.

There will also be a short group interview.

MUSIC Criteria

Applicants will be required to prepare 3 contrasting pieces, totaling a maximum of 8 minutes. Applicants may audition on a band instrument (flute, trumpet, drum kit, etc.), guitar, piano, or vocally. If applicants are singing or are using any sort of accompaniment, they must bring their own accompanist or have a track ready on an electronic device that can be plugged into a sound system. Students may audition with pieces in any style or genre, including but not limited to Classical, Jazz, Pop, Broadway, and Rock. Adjudicators may stop a student at any point during the audition and ask to hear the applicant’s next piece. Additionally, adjudicators may not ask to hear all 3 of an applicant’s pieces. This is in no way an indication of how well a student is doing in their audition.
                  Applicants will be interviewed on their motivation for entering the program, their musical background, and their musical goals, once they have completed the performance portion of the audition. Applicants will also undergo a short series of musical aptitude exercises. Applicants will be asked about band instrument preferences, as well as preference for private lesson specialization (voice, piano, or guitar). The audition will last a total of 20 minutes, including the interview and exercises, as well as set up and exit times.



Andrea Schellenberg 
HRHS Fine Arts Focus Program Coordinator (Music and Visual Arts)
Tel: (450) 678-1070 ext. 6494


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