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Secondary Arts Programs

These programs are designed to support students who are passionate about the Arts! At the Secondary level, while courses are offered in every subject area, students applying to these programs must be interested in focusing their elective courses in the Arts as they work towards their Diploma. 

Everyone is welcome to come and join our Arts-based communities! Students registered in the program/school will be expected to take two art courses each year. In addition to classes, schools will have a variety of extracurricular opportunities in the Arts for students to participate in.

  • Student do not need to have prior experience in an art form to take a course in grade 9 or 10. Courses will include options like Dance, Music, Film, Visual Art, Musical Theatre, Drama and Photography.
  • Courses in other grades will be dependent on the interests of students.

Arts Program Structure

Program structure is the way the program is organized with courses and key areas of focus, such as dance or performing arts. In secondary arts programs, each school has its own unique structure. To provide more access to programming to students in the areas where applications are higher, arts schools are reviewing and revising their program structures to provide greater flexibility and choice.

Additionally, schools are considering new course offerings to further enhance the dynamic and engaging experience for students and ensure that a variety of students see themselves reflected in the curriculum.

Longstanding structures take time to change and secondary arts schools have been offered an additional year to address these complex changes to ensure that the work is successful.

While some schools will be prepared to share their new program structure with students and parents/caregivers/guardians this fall, other Arts-focused schools are still in the early stages of this work and will develop their program structure over the course of this school year for implementation in 2024-25.


Central Arts Schools

All students attending these schools are enrolled in the arts programming. Arts are the primary focus of the school community.

Etobicoke School of the Arts (Grades 9-12)

In November 2022, students may apply for admission to Grade 9 only.

Open House Flyer

Program Structure Required Grade 9 Courses
Contemporary Arts Visual Art (AVI1OP) and Non-Traditional Art (AWT1OP)
Dance Dance (ATC1OP) and Dance – Performance Practice (ATP1OP)
Drama Drama (ADA1OP) and Drama Production (ADD1OP)
Film Film/Video (AWR1OP) and Drama – Film/Video Studies (ADV1OP)
Music - Instrumental Instrumental/Strings Music (AMI/S1OP) and Music (AMU1OP)
Musical Theatre Musical Theatre (ADB1OP) and Vocal Music (AMV1OP)


Rosedale Heights School of the Arts (Grades 9-12)

In November 2022, students may apply for admission to Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Students will be admitted in Grades 10-12 if space is available.

Open House Flyer and School Information Brochure

All students must take a minimum of 2 art courses per year. Students can select courses or a combination of courses from any department according to their area/s of interest. All of the art courses listed below continue through to grade 12 in addition to courses in media arts, musical theatre and drama production.

Program Structure Open

Students will take two or three
of the Grade 9 Art offerings listed.

*Student may opt to defer Healthy and Active Living
(Phys Ed.) and take Dance as a third Art course.

Dramatic Arts  ADA1OP

Visual Arts       AVI1OP

Music Band     AMI1OP

Music Strings  AMS1OP

Music Vocal    AMV1OP

*Dance            ATC1OP


Central Arts Programs

These programs are housed in local schools. Students attending these programs can also access extra-curricular and course opportunities offered in the local school.


Claude Watson @ Earl Haig Secondary School (Grades 9-12)

In November 2022, students may apply for admission to Grades 9 and10. Students will be admitted in Grade 10 if space is available.

Open House Flyer

Program Structure Required Grade 9 Courses
Dance Dance (ATC10)
Dance - Performance Practice (ATP10)
Drama Drama (ADA10)
Drama - Production (ADD10)
Film Drama - Flim/Video (ADV10)
Communication Technology (TGJ10)
(String, Band & Vocal)
Musical Creation (AMC10)
Music (AMI10 / AMS10 / AMV10)
Visual Art Visual Art (AVI10)
Non-Traditional Art (AWT10)


Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts (Grades 9-12)

In November 2022, students may apply for admission to Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Students will be admitted in Grades 10-12 if space is available.

Students applying to the Performing Arts will be asked to select three of the four course offerings and will be scheduled into two of their choices. 

In Visual Media Arts, all of the students will take Grade 9 Visual Art (AVI1OP) in Semester 1 and Grade 10 Visual Art (AVI2OP) in Semester 2. As a result, students will have a wide variety of options in Grade 10.

Program Structure Performing Arts Visual Media Arts
Grade 9 Arts Courses

Dance (ATC1OP)

Drama (ADD1OP)

Band (AMI1OP)

Vocal Music (AMV1OP)

Required Courses

Visual Arts (AVI1O1)

Gr. 10 Visual Arts (AVI2O1)


Visual Arts at Central Technical School (Grades 9-12)

In November 2022, students may apply for admission to Grades 9, 10 and 11. Students will be admitted in Grades 10-11 if space is available.

The Specialized Art Program at the Central Tech Art Centre is guided by a philosophy of art education that is reminiscent of Germany’s legendary Bauhaus. Students in our program will develop fundamental skills across a wide range of different media, learning to produce various kinds of art concurrently rather than favouring one medium over another. Instruction is delivered in a manner that balances the development of technical skills with the introduction of conceptual ideas. This style of learning helps to foster a well-rounded artistic skill set and maximizes a student's creative growth. All of our Visual Art instructors have extensive postsecondary training in their area of instruction and/or significant industry experience in their respective fields.

Program Structure Visual Arts

Required Grade 9 Arts Courses

Drawing and Painting (AWM1O1)

Non-Traditional Art (AWT1O1)





  • Students interested in attending one of the secondary Arts-focus schools or programs 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.


TDSB Spotlight on the Arts