ACADEMIC EDUCATION

Academic needs for QBSC students are met by a unique partnership with the Hastings & Prince Edward District School Board, allowing for academic study through the morning and early afternoon, followed by dance training.  Students currently enrolled in elementary school grade 6 attend Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) and elementary grades 7-8 and high school students attend Centennial Secondary School (CSS).  Both schools are located steps away from QBSC.

 

Centennial Secondary School (CSS) is the regional centre for the Visual and Performing Arts in the Quinte Region, providing an excellent environment for QBSC dancers to work alongside other like-minded students in an exceptionally supportive environment. QBSC/CSS students will earn a credit in dance for each semester, which complies with the ministry guidelines and expectations.

What is a typical high school student’s day like?

Monday through Friday
8:00am – 1:00pm  Academic classes (includes lunch break)
1:30pm – *5:00pm  Dance Classes
Classes are scheduled in a rotating combination of:
Ballet/Pointe/Modern/Jazz/Conditioning/Repertoire/Choreography
– Rehearsal classes during performance seasons

Saturday Mornings
9:00 – *1:00pm
Ballet/Hip Hop
– Rehearsal classes during performance seasons

*Finish times may fluctuate depending on performance rehearsal schedules

 

Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) serves students in grade 6, and focuses on the shared common values of respect and responsibility, with collaboratively established school-wide ‘Respect Agreements’ which outline the respectful ways all members of the School Community agree to interact, communicate, make decisions, and go about their daily activities.

What is a typical grade school student’s day like?

Monday through Friday
8:45am – 3:00pm    Academic classes (includes lunch break)
3:20pm – *5:30pm  Dance classes
Classes are scheduled in a rotating combination of:
Ballet/Beginner Pointe/Modern/Jazz/Conditioning/Repertoire/Choreography
– Rehearsal classes during performance seasons

Saturday Mornings
9:00am – *1:00pm
Ballet/Hip Hop
– Rehearsal classes during performance seasons

*Finish times may fluctuate depending on performance rehearsal schedules


ACCOMMODATION

The student-living program is carefully designed to be as close to living at home as possible. Students reside with local families that have passed through a rigorous screening process.  Your homestay understands the demands of your dance training and is there to care for and support you.

To facilitate the finding of a suitable homestay for the students, QBSC will provide parents/guardians with a list from which to select a potential homestay.  QBSC has also created a package of guidelines to foster a cooperative and positive relationship between the homestays, parents/guardians and students.

Providing a family environment to dance students can be a rewarding experience for all involved in the homestay relationship.
QBSC appreciates and understands that homestays play an important role in the development of a QBSC dancer.


EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

QBSC encourages its students to be well rounded.  However, a dancer must always take into consideration safety and avoid high risk sports. Many do participate in a variety of creative extra-curricular activities such as drama, photography, music and voice, and visual arts.  Any extra-curricular activities should not interfere with a student’s dance training schedule and permission should be obtained in advance from the Artistic Director.