NBS’ full-time academic program runs from grade 6 through grade 12. Class sizes are small, allowing for enriched learning within the classroom. Students follow the curriculum prescribed by the Ontario Ministry of Education and, on successful completion of the program, graduate with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Although most graduates naturally go on to dance, we ensure that our students are prepared for university and careers beyond dance.
In addition to the standard Ontario curriculum of language, mathematics, science and social studies, NBS offers such specialized course components as history of dance, history of art and life skills.
Arts-based offerings include visual art (with history of art) and vocal music; all students take both up to grade 10, after which they are optional. Two arts-oriented communications technology courses are offered: photography, and print and digital imaging, for which the culminating activity is the production of the school yearbook. Both of these courses are offered as options at the grade 11 and 12 levels. Students are also awarded up to 4 credits per year in dance.
Humanities and Sciences
The humanities options in the senior grades include creative writing, world history and world issues. There are two levels of French, core and français langue maternelle, from grades 6 through 12. The science options available in grades 11 and 12 include biology, chemistry and physics, along with the mathematics courses of advanced functions, and calculus.
NBS teachers are all highly qualified subject specialists; most are Ontario Certified Teachers. NBS staff look to address the varied learning styles of the students, including, most significantly, the kinesthetic. As a consequence dance-oriented activities are included in subjects when the opportunity arises.