About Us

A vibrant, non-semestered school in the heart of the city, Rosedale Heights School of the Arts is a soulful community where young people can thrive in academics, arts and sports. Identified by Maclean’s Magazine as one of the top ten schools in Canada (2005), many students choose to stay for a fifth year as they continue to be enriched by the artistic and academic opportunities provided by the dedicated staff and the guest artists who enrich our students’ lives.

At Rosedale Heights School of the Arts we believe that the arts are for all young people, that they enrich the academic lives of students, and that “talent” should not dictate a young person’s access to learning. This philosophy makes Rosedale the only arts school in the Toronto District School Board that does not audition.  Through a non-audition policy, we aspire to cultivate a culture of cooperation and teamwork through the arts as opposed to one of competition.

We are also the only arts school that does not expect students to choose “majors,” and encourage interdisciplinary exploration of the arts in the hope that students discover their own interests and own ways of expressing themselves at a time in their lives when exploration and self-discovery is so important.

Our approach to the arts emphasises creative process in addition to technique. We  cultivate student voice through students writing, developing, composing and curating their shows. We believe that creativity, the ability to communicate through a variety of arts and media for a variety of purposes, is a skill that will be fundamental in the 21st century.  We believe that creativity takes many forms, and that the ability to express personal voice through creativity will serve all our students well throughout their lives and in all of their endeavours.

While students coming out of our programs are well-prepared for post-secondary studies in the arts, we believe that the experience of the creation of art enriches the lives of all Rosedale students, whether they decide to be professional artists or not. Approximately 95% of our Rosedale graduates attend university or college.

Why Rosedale?

Rosedale provides its students excellence in academic achievement as well as the opportunity to develop their skills in the performing or visual arts. Students are welcomed to a warm, friendly learning environment by staff and fellow students. Rosedale provides a wide range of courses in the arts, traditional academics, business and technology; see: Rosedale Courses. A high percentage of graduating students are admitted to a university or community college of their choice, many receiving scholarships.

Housed in one of the most versatile and attractive secondary schools in Toronto, our facilities include state-of-the art computer and science labs, a modern resources centre, video animation equipment, modern gymnasium, dance studio and swimming pool.

Communication with parents by Teacher Advisors, subject teachers, and school administration is a priority at Rosedale. Each student receives an individualized report card four times a year. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to be involved in their student’s learning through the School Council and Arts Advisory Committee.

More specific information may be found in the TDSB’s school profile site.

Mission

Our Mission is to prepare our students for university, community college, and the world of work through challenging academic programs, with an emphasis on the performing and the visual arts.

We Value:
– Each and every student
– Inclusiveness and excellence in all programs
– The uniqueness and diversity of our students
– The commitment and skills of our staff
– A learning environment that is safe, nurturing, positive, and respectful

A partnership of students, schools, family and community.

The Rosedale Family

Rosedale draws its students from across the city, thereby reflecting the truly diverse and rich character of Toronto. Parents have an opportunity to participate in the School Council that has existed for over 8 years. The School Council membership also includes students and teachers from the school. The partnership of the three constituencies has nurtured an effective evolution of the school. Members of Council represent the school in local area and city-wide educational committees such as Ward Councils, as well as make presentations and submissions to the Board and its committees. All parents are welcome to attend monthly Council meetings.

A Parents Arts Committee (PAC) consisting of parents provides support to the teaching staff through activities such as fundraising and promotion. Many parents offer to share their knowledge and skills to enhance student learning. In addition, many parents volunteer at the school on a regular basis as teacher-aides and coaches. Speakers from the local arts and business communities complement classroom lessons.

Our Arts Program

Students enrolling in Grade 9 are offered an arts-package that includes three credits from drama, visual or media arts, instrumental or vocal music, and dance. Grade 10 students take two credits in the same areas to further develop their interest in the arts. Courses at the senior levels include Printmaking, Media Design, Photography, Material Arts, and Extended Media, and Set Design. In addition students in the senior grades will choose to major in one Art area with a minor in another Art subject. For example a student could take a double credit in Dance (Ballet & Modern Jazz) and a minor in Visual Arts. It is recommended that this enriched “ARTS PROGRAM” be completed over a five year period.

Rosedale prides itself as a truly accessible and inclusive School of the Arts. To ensure that the school is inclusive of all cultures and socioeconomic groups, auditions are not required for admission. However students are required to provide an “ARTS  PROFILE” and must have successfully completed grade 8 for acceptance in our programs. All students are expected to participate in all practices and rehearsals that may take place before school, at lunch and also after school, as required by their Arts Teacher.

Ongoing public performances and visual art displays provide students an opportunity to exhibit their talent. Dance performances, music, drama and visual arts displays are regularly combined at the school, drawing rave reviews from parents and the broader community. The music department field trips feature Rosedale students at such venues as jazz clubs in Chicago. Students also participate in music festivals in other cities such as New Orleans. Performances by students are recorded on CD’s and videotaped.

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