PIA Integrated Arts

Making the Arts for real

Located at
Thomas A. Stewart Secondary School
1009 Armour Road N., Peterborough, ON, K9H 7H2

The Peterborough Integrated Arts Program

Founded in 1990 at Peterborough Collegiate Vocational School as the PCVS Integrated Arts Program


What is the Integrated Arts Program?

The Peterborough Regional Integrated Arts Program is an enrichment program of study in the Arts for Secondary School Students. The program has been established by the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board to meet the needs of students who have a special interest or talent in the Arts. These students have an opportunity to combine their graduation requirements with an integrated study of Arts including: Drama, Music, Visual Art, and Dance.

Students take special courses that illuminate the connections between all of the Arts. They also have an opportunity to focus their study on one particular art form with other students who have a gift for that form and a keen desire to work, play and learn in that art form.

The aims of the program include: the creation of a safe and positive learning environment for students with artistic gifts, the enrichment of learning in all subjects through arts based teaching/learning strategies, the development of transferable skills acquired through Arts education, career awareness and career preparedness for Arts students in any field of employment.


How do students know about the program?

There is also a Parent Information Night each fall prior to the application deadline. The program is also advertised in the media and all Elementary Schools in KPR are visited by the co-ordinator of the program to share information with all grade 8 students and their teachers. 


How are students selected?

The program is open to all Grade 8 students in the Peterborough County area. Students submit an application form including recommendations from two Grade 8 teachers. They create a scrapbook that reveals their learning and interest in the Arts and share it with a PIA Arts teacher in a brief interview. Students are selected based on the student application letter, the elementary teacher recommendations, the interview and portfolio, participation in a "master class".


How is the program structured?

In Grade 9 students take Math, Science, Geography and French in the mornings with the other students at the school. In the afternoon they take their ‘major’ (Art, Drama, Dance or Music)            and a co-ed Phys. Ed. course that includes a Dance component. In Semester 2 afternoons the Arts students take an English course that is specifically designed for them so that the reading and writing they do relates to their study of the Arts. They also take a specially designed Integrated Arts course that brings students and teachers from all three ‘majors’ together to explore interconnections and to allow students to experience all art forms. This integrated afternoon program also allows for field trips, guest artists, special projects and team teaching.

In Grade 10 students continue to take all course they need for graduation – Math, Civics/Careers, History, Science – with the students in the school who are not in the PIA program. They continue with their ‘major’ for a second year. They also take an English course that is specifically for them, and other courses to follow their passions and interests. Students begin to integrate the Arts using computer and video technology in our computer lab, take guitar, or select from a range of other options in all subject areas.

In Grade 11 and 12, (and even in a fifth year of high-school) students may specialize, diversify or further integrate their study of the Arts. They must continue to take two Arts in each year and may select special multi-credit programs like Musical Theatre (2 credits) or Theatre in the Community (2 credits). There are also courses in Photography (digital and film), Ceramics, Vocal Music, Guitar, Dance, Communications Tech, Fashion Arts, or Co-operative Education related to the Arts.


Involvement in the Arts program allows students to prepare for ANY post-secondary destination. Upon completion, graduates earn a recognition certificate from the Integrated Arts Program.


For more information, please call

705-743-5230 ext 532

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