Preparatory Program

The École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) seeks young people with a passion for the circus ready to develop their full potential.  The circus is an exceptional art form that embraces many different artistic techniques and disciplines. It also requires rigorous physical training from the beginning.  Aspiring young circus artists are invited to see if our preparatory program is the right fit for them.

The School offers this training program to young people between the ages of 9 and 13. The aim is to develop a solid base from which to move to the next level, the High School and Circus Studies program. As with any artistic discipline, the artist must begin training as early as possible in order to excel in the chosen art.


Two options are offered :​

  • Shared TimeOpen or Close
    • Fifteen hours of training per week at the École nationale de cirque (National Circus School) are scheduled on weekday afternoons.
    • Academic subjects are taught in the morning at the partner school. Transportation between the participating institution and the School is arranged for the afternoon session.

    The Entrance Exam is intended to assess the potential and achievements of the candidate and his ability to acquire skills. Only candidates who registered for the Entrance Exam and received a summons from the School may enter the Entrance Exam.

    Partner Schools :

    École St-Arsène - Commission scolaire de Montréal
    6272, Christophe-Colomb
    Montreal, Quebec, H2S 2H5
    Contact: Sylvie Chaloux (514) 596-5011

    École Wilfrid-Bastien -Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l'Île
    8155, Collerette
    Montreal, Quebec, H1P 2V6
    Contact : Josée Paquet (514) 325-0480 poste 17514

    For additional information, please contact Johanne Larose.

  • ExtracurricularOpen or Close
    • Thirteen hours of training per week are scheduled on Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings and on Saturday mornings.
    • Students pursue an academic education at the primary or secondary school of their choice.

    Courses start in September, however, applications are accepted at any time and a children demonstrating the required skills can join the program during the year by contacting Marilou Cousineau.

    Marilou Cousineau
    (514) 982-0859 ext. 264

Register for this program


Winter semester :
January 4 to June 16, 2017

Registration deadline
January 15, 2017


2017 Auditions
February 18, 2017