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DNA Arts Program

The District School Board of Niagara has incorporated into the regular program of study at Laura Secord Secondary School the District of Niagara Academy for the Arts (DNA Arts) program.  It allows talented and committed Arts students the opportunity to concentrate their studies in the Arts while also completing the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.

There are five streams available to students---Dance, Drama, Music, Music Theatre, and Visual Arts.  

In order to be eligible for the DNA Arts Certificate, students must complete a minimum of two (2) Arts credits per year and must complete a total of at least eight (8) Arts by the time that they graduate.  

In addition, students will be expected to maintain a minimum academic average, participate in related school groups, and attend workshops, community activities, and other enrichment activities as required. These expectations will be outlined in greater detail upon admission to the program.  Please note that enrolment in the program is conditional and is reviewed on an annual basis.

ALL students who wish to apply for the DNA Arts Program will apply using the ONLINE APPLICATION FORM.  The online application form will be available in late October ON THIS WEB PAGE. 


The mandatory Audition/Orientation Day for all applicants will be held on JANUARY 9, 2020

Please see the DNA Pathways Chart for 2020-21 below: