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Elementary Arts-Focus Schools

Through the arts, students learn to think imaginatively, identify and solve problems, empathize with others, think critically, communicate effectively and appreciate the skills and accomplishments of others. Everyone is welcome to come and join our Arts-based communities!

Claude Watson School for the Arts (Grades 4 - 8)
Each year, 60 students are admitted into the Grade 4 program.  Students spend approximately half their day on academic curriculum (language, French, math, science, social studies, health and physical education) and the other half is spent immersed in the Arts.  All students participate in dance, drama, music and visual arts.  In Grade 5, students are introduced to digital arts.

In November 2022, students may apply for admission to Grades 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Students will be admitted in Grades 5 - 8 if space is available. 

Karen Kain School for the Arts (Grades 6 - 8)
At KKSA the Ontario curriculum is taught through a differentiated program which integrates dance, drama, vocal music, visual arts and media. Students will continue to gain expertise in the Arts and will hopefully become life long supporters and enthusiasts of the Arts.

In November 2022, students may apply for admissions to Grades 6 and 7. Students will be admitted in Grade 7 if space is available.


Students interested in attending one of the elementary Arts-focus schools are not required to submit any supplemental application or information. A completed Centralized Program Application is all that is required. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, all applicants will be eligible for the random selection process.