Private Secondary School - Burlington Royal Arts Academy
Private School, Burlington, Ontario, Charter School, Highschool, Secondary School
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About Us

Burlington Royal Arts Academy is a private secondary school offering provincial academic curriculum, with a focus on an extensive Arts program designed for Grades 9 to 12.

What We Do.

We are committed to providing a positive learning environment that emphasizes individual growth, as well as academic and artistic excellence. We strive to cultivate open-mindedness, creativity and respect within the school community.

How We Do It.

Students will study academic courses and may choose to pursue any of our music, theory, piano, violin, dance etc. programming, guided by an outstanding faculty and guest professors.

Where We Are.

Our campus is located in the heart of Burlington, a diverse and suburban community. Minutes away from Hamilton’s vibrant city center and a short drive to downtown Toronto, there are a variety of sights and amenities to explore.

Ontario Graduation Requirements

30 Credits*
18 Compulsory Credits
12 Elective Credits
(Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test)
40 Hours of Community Service

Our Curriculum

Students who successfully complete high school are awarded the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) from the Ontario Ministry of Education. In order to earn the OSSD, a student must:

  • Earn 18 compulsory credits
  • Earn 12 elective credits
  • Successfully complete the OSSLT (Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test)
  • Complete 40 hours of community involvement activities

Students who have completed secondary school courses in another country will be offered equivalency credits.

Download our course details here: Course Curriculum 

OSSD Requirements

Compulsory Credits

What are the 18 compulsory credits needed to graduate?

Students must earn the following compulsory credits in order to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD):

  • 4 credits in English (1 credit per grade)
  • 1 credit in a second language
  • 3 credits in mathematics (at least 1 credit in Grade 11 or 12)
  • 2 credits in science
  • 1 credit in history
  • 1 credit in geography
  • 1 credit in the arts
  • 1 credit in health and physical education
  • 0.5 credit in civics
  • 0.5 credit in career studies


  • 1 additional credit in English, or a third language, or social sciences and the humanities, or Canadian and world studies, or guidance and career education, or a cooperative education course
  • 1 additional credit in health and physical education, or the arts, or business studies, or a cooperative education course
  • 1 additional credit in science (Grade 11 or 12), or computer science, or technological education, or a cooperative education course


Please note: a credit is a means of recognition of the successful completion of a course for which a minimum of 110 hours has been scheduled. A credit is granted to the student by the principal of a secondary school on behalf of the Minister of Education for Ontario. Students who have completed secondary school courses in another country will be offered equivalent credits based on the successful completion of those courses.

Elective Credits

In addition to the 18 compulsory credits, students must earn 12 elective credits. Students may earn those credits by successfully completing courses that they have selected from the courses listed in the course calendar. To see the courses listed in the course calendar, click here.

The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test – OSSLT

As a requirement set out by the Ministry of Education, students must pass the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in order to graduate from secondary school. The literacy test is created and assessed by the EQAO (Education Quality and Accountability Office), an arm’s-length agency of the provincial government that evaluates reading, writing and comprehension skills based on the Ontario Curriculum’s expectations in language and communication up to and including Grade 9.

Community Involvement

 As part of graduation requirements, students must complete a minimum of 40 hours in community involvement activities. The purpose of community involvement is to encourage students to develop awareness and understanding of civic responsibility and of the contributions they can make in supporting and strengthening their communities. These activities may be completed at any time during their years in the secondary school program. International students may bring community service hours with them for partial credit, provided the type of community involvement meets the criteria and does not take place during school hours.

Community involvement may take place in a variety of settings, including businesses, not-for-profit organizations, public sector institutions (including hospitals), and informal settings. Students may not fulfill the requirement through activities that are counted towards a credit (cooperative education and work experience, for example), through paid work, or by assuming duties normally performed by a paid employee.

A Message from Our Principal

“We are focused on providing a positive and supportive learning environment which encourages all learners to achieve their full potential.”

-Brian Quistberg
B.P.E.,  B. E. d.,  O.C.T.

qode interactive strataWhy choose Burlington Royal Arts Academy?


  • Enriched academic opportunities
  • Small class size
  • Dedicated and caring teachers
  • Superb arts programming
  • International performance opportunities
  • Increased acceptance into post secondary schools
  • Regular and open communication with parents
  • A safe and constantly supervised atmosphere

Our Faculty

Our faculty members are a diverse group of educators committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service. All teachers are registered with the Ontario College of Teachers. They are well known for their commitment and passion towards teaching. This affords students the opportunity to work with the best and brightest.

Jon Urie
Youngling Fu
Colin McVey
Anupama GoKhale

Our Location

We are nestled in the heart of a welcoming community known as Burlington, Ontario. Our facility is currently undergoing a full renovation which is expected to be completed just in time for the new school year (Sept. 2018). We will have a state of the art dance studio, science classroom and large music room.



2054 Mountainside Dr. Burlington, Ontario L7P 1A8

Phone: 1-226-387-3374

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Application Process

We are delighted that you have taken the first step on your journey to an academic school experience by applying to Burlington Royal Arts Academy. We have streamlined the application process to make it easy and convenient for you.
Please feel free to contact us to arrange a tour of our facilities. Email

a) Review Tuition Details
Download our tuition details sheet.

b) Submit Application Form
Download our pdf application form.

c) Scheduled Interview
With Principal Brian Quistberg

d) Order Uniform
Place your uniform order here.