Fine Arts Focus

Fine Arts Focus Program


Contact the program coordinator for more information about the program and auditions.

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 also have the opportunity to participate in performances and exhibitions that further develop their artistic potential. Students in the program have a reduced academic day 4 days a week, allowing for 2 hours of artistic training per day, for a total of  8 hours a week.  Students in concentration programs follow the same curriculum as the students in our General Studies program, but with approximately 70% of the class time.  The  Fine Arts Focus program days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from 2:02 pm to 4:02 pm.   On Wednesdays, the concentration program students follow the regular school day academic schedule and do not have program time.

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 cards.  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 students in the Concentration Programs are placed in Enriched French (French de base and Francais langue d'enseignement are not available).

FAF Audition schedule:  Times to be determined.


                                                                      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 techniques 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:   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

During the audition, applicants will also be interviewed.

Applicants will also be required to submit a 1-page essay describing the planning and rehearsal process for the monologue. This must be submitted by e-mail to the FAF coordinator at least 24 hours prior to the audition.


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.   The video must be submitted by e-mail to the FAF coordinator at least 24 hours before the Zoom interview.

 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.   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