Is there a fee associated with Ross Arts Program?

No, but there are fees associated with certain courses for optional enhanced materials. Some field trips and visiting professionals are paid for by SHSM.

Is it true that there are no auditions for the Ross Arts Program?

Yes, but there may be auditions/portfolios or other requirements necessary to enrol in specialized courses. We hope to engage and include all Arts students at Ross regardless of their previous experience. We have courses and co-curricular opportunities for all levels of ability.

My child has an identified learning disability. Is that a problem?

No! The Special Education Department monitors identified students and communicates closely with teachers regarding their specific needs.

Why John F. Ross and Ross Arts Program?

The Ross Arts Program is an enriched program providing exceptional facilities and experiences for students to pursue a wide variety of Arts courses. The Ross Arts Program not only offers students the widest selection of Arts courses in the Board, but also dedicated facilities for each discipline in which students can develop their skills. This includes newly-renovated Music rooms with practice studios; recently-updated Visual Arts studios; two fully-equipped black box theatres (one with updated LED lights); Media, Photo, Technology, and Mac Labs; and a Dance Studio. The school also boasts the 843-seat E.L. Fox Auditorium and a brand new Gallery space, allowing students to perform and present in professional-level facilities. In partnership with SHSM, students who are part of the Ross Arts Program will also be offered a wide variety of enrichment experiences, such as workshops, field trips, collaborative activities, guest artists, community involvement and connections, and co-operative education roles within art fields. Students who successfully complete the Program requirements will receive a certificate in recognition of their achievements from the Ross Arts Program, as well as a SHSM seal on their diploma.