Ross’ vibrant Dance Program has, over the years, grown to include classes in all grades and to support an excellent extra-curricular programme, Royal Rhythm. The Dance curriculum not only allows students to study artistic expression through different forms of dance from many cultures, but it also examines the benefits of exercise, nutrition and the physiology of dance. Royal Rhythm showcases the talents of young choreographers and dancers both in our 853 seat theatre, E. L. Fox Auditorium, and within the community.

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Media StudiesMedia Studies

In conjunction with Art, English, Ross School of Business, and Technology Studies, RECAP offers students many different courses to prepare them for post-secondary programs and a career in media. Whether the student is a novice or already brings some knowledge and experience, there are courses for everyone. In addition to classroom studies, there are opportunities to showcase individual and team projects.

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Drama class


The Drama program at Ross has been in existence since the late 60’s. Today, we are one of the largest programs in the province offering 3 streams of study: regular drama (offered in French, ESL and for the Developmentally Delayed), the acting stream and the technical stream. We have won at all levels of the NTS (Sears) Drama Festival and have represented Canada on 4 different occasions internationally and been recognized as one of the top ten productions in the world.

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The original John F. Ross Music Department has a long-standing history of excellence. We are the largest music programme in our county, with courses offered in Band and Vocal from grades 9 -12 and Guitar in grades 11 and 12. Our award-winning Bands and Choirs have represented Ross internationally and enjoy a reputation for outstanding musicianship across the province.


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Visual ArtVisual Art

Aside from the standard grade nine and ten open arts courses and grade eleven and twelve college/university M level courses, we have several specialized courses geared to meet the needs of JFR students. Our Crafts course, AWA, is an example of one such course. The grade 12 drawing and painting course is another specialized course enabling gr 12 students a semester to create more art for their portfolio.

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Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Arts and CultureSHSM – A&C

The Specialist High Skills Major – Arts and Culture (SHSM-A&C) enables students to gain skills and knowledge in their preferred area(s) of study. Students are able to choose an individual focus in dance, drama, music, visual and media arts, and technical theatre production or they are welcome to explore a more integrated approach to their arts studies by combining, any and all, of the individual areas of study. In order to receive their certification in RECAP, students must also complete complete all the requirements for SHSM-A&C.