Arts Education

Arts education is an important part of our approach in developing the whole child.

An education in the arts teaches students to perceive and think in new ways. Creativity, reasoning, imagination, dexterity and intuition are developed as students learn to build bridges between verbal and non-verbal communication, as well as logic and emotion.

The Arts programmes at The York School help our students:

  • Develop a lifelong enjoyment of the arts
  • Become informed, reflective and critical practitioners in the arts
  • Understand the dynamic and changing nature of the arts
  • Explore and value the diversity of arts across time, place and cultures
  • Develop perceptual and analytical skills

Drama Programme

Theatre Arts are alive and on stage at The York School. Our Junior School Arts Night features two musical plays in which all students in Grades 1-5 participate.

Music Programme

The goal of the Junior School Music programme is to foster a lifelong appreciation of and connection to music in its many forms.

From JK to Grade 5, music classes focus on singing, recorder and Orff programmes, African drumming, music literacy, composition, music history and world music. We have two choirs, as well as a Junior Glee Club and there is the opportunity to take private or semi-private instruction in piano and guitar.

There are frequent opportunities for student performances such as:
  • Music assemblies
  • Music and art afternoons and evenings
  • School musical productions
  • Conference of Independent School’s Music Festival (CISMF), an annual event held at Roy Thompson Hall
Visual Arts Programme

The art room is a place where students explore creativity, passion and originality while developing fundamental skills.

The art programme guides children to have confidence in their creativity. One of our main goals is to encourage our students to realize that there are no mistakes in art and to embrace their own unique expression. Another core lesson is to respect and appreciate the work of their classmates, artists within their community and those from around the world.

Ultimately, we strive to teach our students that we are all creative beings.

Our Visual Arts faculty create a rich, experiential curriculum by exposing Junior School students to a wide range of mediums, art principles and design while connecting lessons to the International Baccalaureate units of inquiry.