The registration period for the 2013-2014 school year will go on from Wednesday October 17 th to Monday October 29 2012.
All documents must be returned to the school by Monday October 29, 2012.
The random draw will take place at the beginning of December 2012.
Letters will be sent out to all applicants before the end of December 2012.
All the documents usually available at the FACE reception desk will be available then, in pdf format.
A BRIEF HISTORY
FACILITIES AND INSTALLATIONS AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS
DETAILS ABOUT THE PROGRAM
ANNUAL ARTISTIC OUTPUT OF THE FACE STUDENT BODY
THE FAMILY PROGRAM: unique to FACE
A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A FACE STUDENT
CHILD CARE FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
INFORMATIONS OF INTEREST
SELECTION OF CANDIDATES BY RANDOM DRAW
ADVICE TO PARENTS
THE LAST WORD
Founded in 1975 by Philip Baugniet, FACE has since expanded and developed a unique educational model that takes a varied and holistic approach to learning and encourages students to develop an open mind.
While FACE is part of the Commission Scolaire de Montréal (CSDM), it also takes students from the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) into its magnificent building.
FACE has a student body of approximately 1400:
French elementary: 600
French high school: 450
English elementary: 200
English high school: 150
FACE is not a bilingual school: students enrolled in the CSDM receive their schooling in French and those in the EMSB in English. However, students from both school boards are grouped together for instrumental and vocal music classes and other occasions (outings, concerts, extracurricular activities), regardless of their language of instruction.
FACE offers all public school programs from pre-kindergarten (age 4) through high school, in accordance with Quebec’s Education Act and the Ministère de l’éducation, des loisirs et du sport’s Basic School Regulation.
Some details about the core curriculum:
- Grades 3 to 5: Introduction to robotics
- Grades 4 to 6: Participation in the annual school science fair
- Introduction to laboratory techniques
High school science
- Participation in the annual school science fair, with the winners going to regional fairs
High school mathematics
- Participation in the Fermat and Pascal Canadian Mathematics Competition (each year, our students perform well in these competitions))
In secondary 4 and 5, FACE offers advanced math and science programs, including the required physics and chemistry courses for CEGEP science programs
Physical education (per week)
- Elementary level: one period (50 min)
- High school level: two periods (100 min)
French: Regular French classes are enhanced with drama classes at both the elementary and high school levels
- All classrooms are equipped with computers with Internet access.
- A spectacular library (also with Internet access)
- A majestic, antique 600-seat auditorium
- A 200-seat theatre hall
- 2 large gymnasiums and 1 smaller one
- 2 science laboratories
- 1 machine-tool room and an adjoining workshop (high school science and technology course)
- 1 computer room
- 1 traditional dark room
- 5 visual arts workshops
- 1 theatre workshop (costume, lighting, sound and set design)
FACE offers a unique fine arts program that focuses on four subjects: instrumental and vocal music, visual arts and drama. All four fine arts courses are mandatory at all levels from grade 1 through high school.
The purpose of the program is not to train professional artists. The goal is to learn through the arts, as opposed to learning the arts.
The arts program makes up a third of all classes at every level, or approximately 6 to 9 hours of class time per week depending on the grade level.
Introduction to visual arts and vocal music
Elementary Grades 1-3
Introduction to visual arts
Introduction to drama
Orff instrumental music (xylophone, percussions, recorder)
Two instrumental and vocal music concerts per year.
Extracurricular Activities (with participation fees)
- Suzuki method (violin),
Elementary – Grades 4 to 6
Instrumental music :
- In Grade 4 students are assigned a wind or string instrument, provided by the school, that they will continue to play throughout their time at FACE.
Vocal music :
Participation in Harmonie (string orchestra) or Band (wind instruments)
- Young FACE singers – Junior Choir
- Jazz Band
- Symphony orchestra
- Sports activities
High School – Grades 7 to 11
Music – instrumental
Music – vocal
- Two instrumental and two vocal concerts per year
Participation in Harmonie (string orchestra) or Band (wind instruments)
English as a Second Language Program, 3 levels:
- Equivalent to English first language instruction
Each year, our Grades 8-11 instrumental students participate in the Music Fest de Montréal and the Ottawa Kiwanis Festival, where they always win either the gold or silver medals.
Specific courses in Grades 10 and 11
- Math – Culture, society and technology
- Math – Technico-science
- Math – Science
- Science and technology
- Physics and chemistry
- Film and literature classes
- Theatrical productions in Grades 10 and 11
- Young FACE singers senior choir (participation in numerous outside events)
- Blues band
- Senior jazz band (played at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2007)
- Symphony orchestra (plays at various outside events ; has regularly been awarded the gold medal)
- Photography (introduction to film development and dark room procedures)
- Sports : badminton, soccer, basket ball
- Class trip in Grade 11 : New York and possibly one other outside-Quebec trip.
FACE students are accepted without difficulty into other public and private institutions, at primary, secondary and college levels. The statistics speak for themselves :
- 99% obtain their high school leaving certificate (Diplôme d’études secondaires)
- 85% to 90% continue on to the college of their choice in a range of disciplines
Approximately 25 concerts per year, both at the school and in public venues such as Place-des-Arts
Permanent exhibitions of visual art
Regular participation in provinical and national competitions in diverse scholastic and artistic disciplines, receiving numerous trophies, medals and prizes
In 1997, FACE was awarded the Essor Prize by the Ministry of Education for excellence in its artistic program
The family program was created at FACE to compensate for the lack of a homeroom teacher at the elementary level and to maintain continuity at the high school level.
The gist of this program is that each family teacher establishes a mentoring relationship with a specific group of students. This concept has existed at FACE since the school’s beginnings and is now found in the latest education reform of the Ministère de l’Éducation des Loisirs et du Sport at the high school level.
The family group structure
For elementary grades 1 and 2, students are placed in a multi-grade family group. Students meet with their family group every morning and for one period every week.
From grade 3 to grade 5, family groups consist of one grade only. This better corresponds to the students need to belong to a group, which is common at this age. Family groups at this level meet for one period each week.
Due to students’ busy timetables, family groups no longer have a specific meeting period starting in grade 6. Instead, their activities revolve around cultural outings, conferences, and other age-appropriate activities.
The family program
The family program encompasses the « ethics and religious culture » program. It provides students with the opportunity to broaden their horizons and to engage in civic activity.
The family teacher is also responsible for ensuring that his or her group integrates itself harmoniously into the school community as a whole. Both minor and more serious day-to-day problems are managed by the family teacher particularly with the younger grades.
Most field trips and several other activities are with family groups of the same level combining French- and English speaking students.
The addition of the four artistic subjects makes the schedule at FACE heavier than at most schools, particularly at the high school level.
Students develop a strong sense of independence as a result of their complex schedules, but they must already be highly adaptive and independent when they enter grade 1. Students may change classrooms every period, that is to say every 50 minutes and not all will be comfortable in this type of friendly but bustling environment.
The school is five stories high, and students walk from one class to another and take the stairs several times a day which is a natural addition to the physical education curriculum. Students move directly from one class to the next and are not expected to loiter in the hallways.
Starting in grade 1, students have a timetable similar to that of high school students. While they don’t spend the day with one homeroom teacher, they do take all their classes with the same group of students. With some exceptions, they stay with this same group right through to the end of secondary 5.
Elementary, grades 1, 2, and 3
The schedule for grades 1, 2, and 3 differs slightly from that of other grades, due to school bus restrictions.
Classes start: 8:00 a.m.
From 8:00 to 8:15, students meet with their family teacher, who helps them get organized for the day.
Recess: 9:55 to 10:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11:05 to 12:00 in the cafeteria (See « Cafeteria » section.)
Classes end: 2:10 p.m.
From 2:10 to 2:15 p.m. students prepare for departure
Buses: 2:25 p.m.
Elementary, grades 4, 5, and 6
Classes start: 8:05 a.m.
From 8:05 to 8:15, students meet with their family teacher, who helps them get organized for the day.
Recess: 9:55 to 10:15 a.m.
Lunch: 11:55 to 12:50 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Classes end: 2:30 p.m.
During their lunch period, students have time to play outside in the schoolyard. (There is only one schoolyard for all students.) The gymnasiums are used if it is raining, and there is also a games room on the 4th floor that can hold a certain number of students.
Classes start at 8:05 am
Recess: 9:55 am to 10:15 am
Lunch: from 12:00 pm to 12:50 pm
Classes end at 3:20 pm
School bus service is only available to students from pre-kindergarden up to and including grade 3. (See the section on school bus service included in the registration package.)
Starting in grade 4, students must use public transportation to get to school.
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Partial service :
Mornings between 7:00 and 8:00 a.m. : $2.00 per day (for parents wishing to drop off their children before the school opens at 7:45)
Please note that children in Elementary grades are not allowed to wait for their older siblings in the school yard at the end of their day. They must either go straight home or be registered in Childcare Services.
The Cafeteria offers hot meals, snacks, and beverages for each and every student in the School, both elementary and high school.
The average cost of a hot meal is $3.50 and includes a main dish, a beverage and dessert.
The food served to the students respects basic nutritional requirements. French fries, soft drinks, chips, etc., have been banned from FACE’s menus for quite some time now. Salads, fresh fruit, and homemade soups are always on the menu.
In Elementary school, children are supervised by attendants during lunch period. Children enrolled in the Childcare Services are supervised by their monitors.
In high school, students are authorized to leave the school during their lunch period.
Approximately 150 parents volunteer at the School on a regular basis. The Community Action Service coordinates their contribution. Examples of volunteer activities are : first aid care, office, library, tutoring, translation, secretarial, environmental, technical support for the arts, etc.
- A social worker
- A nurse
- Two psychologists
- Two guidance counsellors
- A dental hygienist
- A computer technician;
- Two stage directors
- A student supervisor
- Lunch monitors.
FACE Fine Arts Foundation is composed of parents and staff members. The Foundation organizes fund-raising campaigns to support the program and grants scholarships to certain students.
FACE School is not a neighbourhood school in the sense outlined by the CSDM’s Admissions Policy. FACE School is a special orientation school whose area covers the whole territory of the CSDM and of the EMSB. For this reason, all students who live within the CSDM’s or the EMSB’s territory are a part of FACE School’s territory. Living closer to the School does not give students preference for admittance.
A financial contribution is requested. These fees contribute to the financing of the art program.
490 $ per year per child which includes :
- 225$ for supervision (elementary level) or extra teaching time (high school level)
- 10 $ for the agenda
- 255$ for the art program.
Please note that the Face T-shirt for physical education classes and the FACE Polo shirt for concerts is required for all students as of grade 1. In September 2011, these articles were sold at a price of 10$ for the T-shirt and 20$ for the Polo shirt.
The number of places is limited, as follows :
- Pre-kindergarten: 30 places (2 groups of 15 students – Pre-kindergarten is a half-day class only, either morning or afternoon)
- Kindergarten: 80 places
- Grades 1 to 6: 3 to 4 places per level
High school, with selection interviews and an instrumental music audition if necessary
A student who does not play a musical instrument can still be admitted. Introductory music courses are offered in Grades 7 and 8.
- Grade 7 : 8 to 12 places
- Grades 8 to 11 : 2 to 3 places per level
2. Submitting applications
In October. Precise dates are determined every year.
3. Evaluation of High School Applications and admission letter.
Application evaluation and Random Draw are done in December. An admission letter will be sent in December. The examination of the studentís academic record may be followed by an interview if necessary and students already playing an instrument might have an audition. An appointment will be set up.
4. Evaluation of Elementary School Applications and admission letter.
Admission letters wil be sent in December after the application evaluation and a random draw.
Please, do not call the School; wait for the letter.
All incomplete applications will be rejected
5. Criteria for admission at FACE:
- An affinity for the Arts at both elementary and high school levels
- An academic record showing no particular difficulties (FACE’s demanding program requires that all students be autonomous)
- Territory Criteria (French Sector : CSDM territory) – English Sector : EMSB territory)
- Sibling Criteria (Priority to students with siblings already at FACE)
- Language of instruction Criteria :
Knowledge of the language of instruction (French or English) is obligatory, even at the kindergarten level. The school does not offer welcoming class services (classes d’accueil). A child with no knowledge of either of the designated languages will have to be rerouted to a welcoming class in another school.
FACE’s study program is quite demanding and requires parents to closely follow their child’s educational progress.
However, not all children are cut out to be in this program. The School does not provide special education or special language services; support for children with learning disabilities or behavioural difficulties is very limited. Our resources are entirely invested in the Fine Arts program.
Playing a musical instrument is a challenging activity and requires firm support and assistance for the child to progress at a steady pace. The student must practice their musical instrument at home for at least 20 minutes every day.
Students who no longer wish to play an instrument cannot remain at FACE. Practising an instrument and participating in concerts is obligatory.
The program’s objective is not to train professional artists but rather to assist the student to develop and thrive, so they can get the most from their education. The Arts are a wonderful teacher for fostering personal discipline and determination. Students can build their sense of accomplishment and self-confidence, which are critical for their development. In a world where knowledge has become more and more technological and complex, it is the school’s duty to offer a program that is above and beyond learning the basic disciplines. It is essential to challenge students with exceptional examples of human creativity and intelligence.
The stability of our staff and their commitment contribute greatly to the sense of belonging and security that prevails in our School.
Finally, we must stress how parental involvement is viewed as one of the key factors contributing to our students success. Their convictions and the importance they attach to the value of Education can only add to the acheivements of this unique project.
What is the outcome of this education ? There is definitely a FACE profile :
Articulate, responsible, committed, creative students ; but foremost, students with heart !
Elementary, grades 5 and 6
|Chanson de Sloveig||Exerpts from Peer Gynt by E. Grieg|
|Esurientes implevit bonis||Exerpts from Magnificat en RÉ by J.S. Bach|
|Que líon chante||Exerpts from Dardanus by J.P. Rameau|
High School, grades 7 and 8
|South African Suite||Traditionnal arr. H. Leck|
|Hymne à la joie||Exerpts from the 9th Symphony by L. Van Beethoven|
|Clap yo’ hands||G. Gershwin|
|Down by the Riverside||Negro Spiritual arranged by B. Adams|
|Ave Maria||W. A. Mozart|
Major concerts – High School, grades 9, 10 and 11 at Christ Church Cathedaral (February 22nd)
|Exerpts from Gloria||Vivaldi|
|Exerpts from l’oratorio Elijah||F. Mendelssohn|
A total of 15 concerts including :
Célébration de l’année Georges Bizet
- Exerpts from Carmen
- Symphonie en do
2 Concerts by our Jazz ensemble (They played The Montreal International Jazz Festival in June 07, on the GM stage)
12 plays including :
« Le cercle de craie caucasien » by Bertol Brecht
« Le songe » by Arnold Strinberg
« A chacun sa vérité » by Pirandello
Special projects 2007-2008 :
Our 6th grade students participated in the Place des Arts, Matinée Jeunesses de l’OSM
Participation in the opening and closing ceremonies of the 400th anniversary of Quebec City