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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.  Please click on the link to the Program Pathways Chart below for more information.

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.

Grade 8 students who are currently enrolled in a DSBN elementary school may obtain an application form from their Principal or Home Room Teacher.  Grade 8 students not currently enrolled in a DSBN school should contact our school's Guidance Department to obtain an application.  Current Laura Secord students who are interested in the program will have an opportunity to apply when they make their course selections for the following school year.

Applications for current Grade 8 students for entry into the program in September 2019 must be submitted by December 14, 2018.  Students currently enrolled in a DSBN elementary school are to submit their application to their Grade 8 Teacher.  Those not currently enrolled in the DSBN should submit their applications directly to our Guidance Office.  Once your application has been received, a confirmation email will be sent to you. 

The mandatory Audition/Orientation Day for current Grade 8 students will be held on January 10, 2019

 Click on this link to visit our DNA Arts Program Website.

You can download and print the required forms by clicking on the links below: