Warmland Arts Academy (WAA)

"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 a 3-day/week program in either Performing or Visual Arts, or combine both into a 5-day/week program. The academic curriculum, approached through an artful lens, is 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 in the Valley for this age group”, says Artistic Director Leah Burley, M.Ed.


The programs’ for-credit courses will be carefully outlined to meet BC Ministry of Education curriculum requirements with the experience and guidance of the school’s Academic Administrator, and sought-after educator, Colin Cameron.


Students will earn 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 program, led by the school’s founder Leah Burley, will also include practical voice, dance and acting training. 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, will also 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.

Schedules

Grades 5-7 Jr. Arts Program

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Downtown Studio Classroom - 225 Canada Avenue

1:00-2:00 - Physical/Technical Subject (voice, dance, acting, movement)

2:00-3:00 - Project-based Academics (inquiry-led, arts infused academic subject)


Grades 8-12 Sr. Performing Arts Program

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Downtown Studio Classroom - 225 Canada Avenue

(Some projects will take us out on location, parents will be advised in advance)

1:00-2:00 - Physical/Technical Subject (voice, dance, acting, strength/flexibility)

2:00-3:00 - Project-based Academic Learning (inquiry-based, arts infused BC curricular subject)


Grades 8-12 Sr. Visual Arts Program

Tuesday/Thursday 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Hub Classroom - 2375 Koksilah Road

Friday 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Downtown Studio Classroom - 225 Canada Avenue

(Some projects will take us out on location, parents will be advised in advance)

1:00-2:00 - Technical Arts Subject

2:00-3:00 - Project-based Academic Learning (inquiry-based, arts infused BC curricular subject)


FREE Additional Academic Support

Grades 5-12 Tuesday/Thursday

Downtown Studio Classroom - 225 Canada Avenue

11-12:15 - Our qualified educators offer academic support for ongoing student studies

12:15 - 1:00 - Supervised Lunch Break

Tuition

Warmland Arts Academy, in connection with Warmland Foundation for the Arts, offers student training scholarships where financial need is demonstrated. All of our programs qualify for DL, JumpStart and other funding opportunities.


We are opening our school at the following introductory rates for the 2020/2021 school year:

Jr. Arts Program (2 days/week) $288/month

Sr. Performing Arts Program (3 days/week) $250/month

Sr. Visual Arts Program (3 days/week) $250/month

Sr. Performing and Visual Arts Program (5 days/week) $360/month

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