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Warmland Arts Academy

"designed to provide students with a deeper connection to and investment in their own learning"



"we are meeting a very real need for quality, affordable, alternative education options... for this age group"

Independent Arts Middle and High School in the Cowichan Valley

Developed by experienced educators and passionate artists, Warmland Dance will finally open their doors to offer an Independent Middle and High School option to Cowichan Valley families looking for quality, arts-infused education for their children.


Meet Warmland Academy: Offering innovative, inquiry-based Visual Arts and Performing Arts programs for Cowichan Valley students grades 5-12. Students may select from a variety of quality workshop style offerings throughout the year. The academic curriculum, approached through an artful lens, is designed to provide students with a deeper connection to and investment in their own learning:


The programs’ for-credit courses will be carefully outlined to meet BC Ministry of Education curriculum requirements with the experience and guidance of the Head of School, Leah Burley, M.Ed. “We are meeting a very real need for quality, affordable, alternative education options in the Valley for this age group”, says Burley.


Students may choose courses which offer credit in the following curricular subject areas: Science, Social Studies, English, Career Planning, Applied Design/Technologies, and of course, the Arts. Students will also experience First Nations understandings as an important and integral part of their learning.


The Performing Arts programming, led by the school’s founder Leah Burley, will include a selection of intensive dance and performing arts training opportunities. Students will have opportunities to plan and showcase collaborative performances, give and receive feedback and develop a portfolio including audition reels, headshot photos and an impressive performing arts resume.


The Visual Arts program, led by Sohee Hong from the Vancouver Film School and InFocus Film school, will  include practical and theoretical training in the areas of photography, film, directing, writing, multimedia art and design. Students will plan and host community showings of their work, give and receive feedback and develop a professional portfolio.

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