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Glendale Secondary School is the home to THREE HWDSB Tier 3 programmes:  HWDSB Strings Programme (Grades 9-12), a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Programme in Arts & Culture – Performing Arts (Grades 11-12) and the new HWDSB Audition-Based Program of the Arts Programme .  Please click on the programme names to be directed to their pages.

These Tier 3 programmes are open to ALL students within the HWDSB – HWDSB Strings  grades 9-12, SHSM Performing Arts grades 11-12 (transportation available from the board) and HWDSB Audition-Based Program of the Arts Programme grades 9-12.

Our Glendale artists, actors, dancers, musicians, technicians, and composers/writers are heralded for their successes in our large productions – 2018-19 – Into the Woods, 2017-18 – Cinderella,  2016-17 -Fame, 2015-16 -Tarzan the Stage Musical, 2014-15 A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 2013-14-Peter Pan A Musical Adventure, 2012 YMCA Peace Medal & Eagle Feather recipient for our production Ten Miles Out,  2010 Grease – contribution to local Performing Arts groups/associations, hosting HWDSB DanceFest and other events in our Auditorium, plus producing a full season of concerts, shows and exhibitions each year.

We are in the midst of a multimillion dollar renovation to our auditorium and Performing Arts rooms.  They will be state-of-the-art and allow Glendale Program of the Arts students learn how to work together to create works of excellence which showcase teamwork, creativity, and leadership on-stage, back-stage, and off-stage.

Glendale Program of the Arts has had the privilege to work with many industry professionals in workshops (armed and unarmed stage combat, flying, street art, collage, aerial silks, music composition, Shakespearean performance based in all disciplines, auditioning/portfolio creation in all disciplines) all over North America (Hamilton, Toronto, New York City, Chicago, Orlando).


M. Burnell
Head of  Arts

J. Kraemer
Visual/Media Arts Teacher

L. Kowalski
Visual/Media Arts Teacher

W. Barrett
Visual/Media Arts Teacher

E. Borsellino
Drama Teacher

V. Moore
Dance Teacher

E. Newton
Drama Teacher

P. Borsc ext. 4677
Head of Music

M. Benjafield
Strings Music Teacher

J. Evans
Vocals/Keyboarding Music Teacher

J. Misuk
Instrumental/Guitar Music Teacher

For more information about HWDSB Strings, the SHSM – Performing ArtsHWDSB Audition-Based Program of the Arts , please contact Mr. Paul Borsc, pborsc@hwdsb.on.ca

You can also check out our GPA picture and video page

Here are the courses available at Glendale, all beginning and experienced Arts students are warmly invited to join.

Grade 9

  • ADA2O – Introduction to Dramatic Arts
  • AMI2O – Introduction to Instrumental Music (Beginner or Experienced)
  • AMS2O – Introduction to String Instrumental Music (Beginner or Experienced)
  • AMO2O – Orchestra and Concert Band
  • AMR2O – Vocal/Choral Repertoire
  • ASM2O1 – Introduction to Media Arts
  • AVI1O1 – Introduction to Visual Arts
  • ALC2O1 – Integrated Arts (for students accepted into ABPA program)

Grade 10

  • ADA2O – Introduction to Dramatic Arts
  • AMK2O – Piano Keyboarding
  • AMI2O – Instrumental Music
  • AMS2O – String Instrumental Music
  • AMR3O/3M – Vocal/Choral Repertoire
  • AMO2O – Orchestra and Concert Band Repertoire
  • AMV2O – Vocal Music
  • ATC2O – Dance

Grade 11

  • ATC3O/M – Dance
  • ADD3M/3O – Theatre Production
  • ADA3M/3O – Dramatic Arts
  • ADP3M/3O – Theatre Development
  • AMG3O/3M – Guitar
  • AMI3M – Instrumental Music
  • AMS3O – Introduction to String Instrumental Music
  • AMS3M – String Instrumental Music
  • AMK3M – Piano Keyboarding
  • AMR4M – Vocal/Choral Repertoire
  • AMO3M – Orchestra and Concert Band Repertoire
  • AMT3M/3O – Musical Theatre
  • AMV3O/3M – Vocal Music

Grade 12

  • ADD4M/4E – Theatre Production
  • ADA4M/4E – Advanced Theatre
  • ADP4M/4O – Theatre Development
  • AME4M – Vocal/Choral Repertoire
  • AMO4M – Orchestra and Concert Band Repertoire
  • AMG4M – Guitar
  • AMI4M – Instrumental Music
  • AMV4M – Vocal Music
  • AMS4M – String Instrumental Music
  • AMK4M – Piano Keyboarding
  • AMT4M – Musical Theatre Production
  • ATC4M/E – Dance
  • IDC4U1A/IDC4O1A/IDC4O1 – Arts Focus Course (21st Century Society & Music:  Pop Culture)

The Glendale Art Department is a creative, energetic, and expressive centre of the school community.  Many student projects are displayed throughout the school and feature exemplary work in sculpture, painting, multimedia digital pieces, crafts, and drawing.


Course Outlines

Updated on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
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