IGAK: Arts in Education

I: Instructional

The Arts in Education

The Board of School Trustees (the “Board”) acknowledges the fundamental worth of the arts as an area where students develop aesthetic sensitivities, where intellectual development is stimulated, and where students learn self-expression through skill attainment in art, music, drama, and dance.  Also, the Board recognizes the desirability of encouraging in students a critical appreciation of the major works of Canadian and international artists in each of these disciplines.

Experience with the arts provide students with ways of knowing and communicating that are universal.  Through the arts, students learn to express and interpret ideas and emotions, thus gaining a greater understanding of themselves and others.  Awareness of cultural heritage and feelings of self worth and pride are enhanced through participation in an arts education program.

The arts provide a unique vehicle for perceiving.  An arts education program stimulates ideas, thought, language, perceptions, and understanding.  These are essential to a student's education.

The arts bring a variety of experience into the lives of students, providing them with an aesthetic awareness and deeper understanding.  Ultimately, the arts improve the quality of their lives.

It is the policy of the Board to provide necessary personnel, facilities, materials, and staff development to ensure that all students achieve to their potential in the arts.


The Board considers it essential that every elementary student participate in programs of art, drama, dance, and music.  The Board understands that drama is taught as a requirement of the language arts curriculum and dance is taught as part of the physical education curriculum.  Within these two curricula, sufficient time should be allotted to ensure adequate learning outcomes.

The Board provides criteria for an effective arts program.  The school is responsible for meeting these criteria, whether through the selection of teachers with training in each of art, music, drama, and physical education (dance) or through planning a comprehensive professional/staff development program.


It is the policy of the Board, in keeping with Ministry of Education guidelines, to ensure that all students at the Grade 8 level enrol in at least one course in drama, art, or music.

The Board further ensures that dance is a component of its Grade 8 physical education program.  It is also the policy of the Board to affirm the comprehensive nature of its secondary schools and to affirm the vital role that is played by the arts.

All secondary schools should ensure that students are provided with as wide a selection as possible of arts courses and that the visual and performing arts become an integral part of the school's educational program.

Performance And Exhibitions

The Board recognizes the importance of touring performances and exhibitions as a means of enriching the learning experience of students and encourages the continuation of these services within the limits of resources.  Schools are also encouraged to organize performances and exhibitions of student work within the school and community.

DMT Responsibility: AS-DLS



Adopted Date: 
Monday May 15, 1989
Revision Date: 
Aug 1990
Sep 1994
Jan 1999