Circus and high school studies

This arts-academic program makes it possible for young people to begin professional circus arts training while pursuingschooling. Studies lead to a high school diploma (Diplôme d’études secondaires or DES) accredited by the ministère de l'Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur du Québec.  Classes are taught in French.

Educational Approach

The Circus and High School Studies program includes all subjects required by the Quebec secondary teaching syllabus, along with solid technical and artistic training in basic circus arts disciplines, dance and acting. 

The program includes numerous occasions for students to apply their artistic training by performing before an audience, culminating in the Annual Show in which students participate in all areas of production.​

Find out more about the detailed program and the admission.


  • Full TimeOpen or Close
    • All academic subjects and circus disciplines are taught at the School, alternating between morning and afternoon classes. The schedule includes 20 hours of circus arts practice per week.
    • The student-to-teacher ratio for academic subjects does not exceed 15 pupils per teacher.
    • Teaching modules are employed for certain subjects. For others a combination of one-on-one and group projects, workshops or laboratories is preferred.
    • Student Housing are available.
  • Shared TimeOpen or Close
    • School subjects are taught in the morning at one of the partnering Montreal-area high school. In the afternoon, circus disciplines are taught at the NCS, for a total of 16 class hours per week.
    • Transportation is available by public transit or by chartered transportation arranged by the partner school, seet the list below (French-teaching schools only).


    École Antoine-de-St-Exupéry
    Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l'Île
    Contact : Josée Paquet, Responsable des programmes sport-études et langues-études
    514 325-0480 ext. 17514

    5150 Robert
    Montréal, Québec, Canada H1R 1P9.
    514 325-0480

    Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8am to noon

    Transport: Transit and shuttle in the morning from Antoine de St-Exupéry and noon from the NCS
    Territories: Laval, Pointes-aux-Trembles, Repentigny

    École Édouard-Montpetit  
    Commission scolaire de Montréal
    Contact :  Martin Sévigny
    514 596-4140, ext. 7274

    6200, Avenue Pierre-de-Coubertin
    Montréal, Québec, H1N 1S4
    514 596-4140

    Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8am to noon
    Transport: Transit

    École secondaire De Mortagne
    Commission scolaire des Patriotes
    Contact : Martin Laquerre

    955 Boulevard de Montarville, Boucherville, QC J4B 1Z6
    (450) 655-7311

    Schedule: Monday to Friday from 8am to noon
    Transport: Transit and transportation organized with other sport clubs

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Next school year begins : 
August 2017

Registration deadlines
December 15, 2016 (Paris)
January 15, 2017 (Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver)

2017 Auditions
January 12-13, 2017

February 9, 2017

February 10, 2017

February 18, 2017

DVD Auditions 
(international candidates and those living in remote areas)