Frequently Asked Audition Questions 2017/2018

Can I audition for more than one major?
Yes, you can. Applicants can audition for up to 2 different majors but will only be offered admission into one.   Please remember that the non-refundable application fee for auditioning for two majors is $50.00 if paying by cheque OR $50.00 + $2.00 processing fee if paying the non-refundable application fee online.

If I audition successfully for more than one major, which one will offer me a spot?
When a student is successful in both of their auditions, we will make an offer of admission into the first choice.  If you are unsuccessful in your first choice audition, but successful in your second, then we will offer you admission into the second major.

Who are the adjudicators?
The adjudicators are teams made up of teachers, professionals and graduates currently working in the artistic field.

Are the elective arts courses in grade 9 open to all students or do you need a prior background in the respective arts area?
The grade 9 arts elective courses are open to all students. The only stipulation is that a student cannot take an arts elective that is the same as their major.

Do I need to audition for the grade 9 arts elective courses?
No, you do not.

Can I include letters of reference from other sources?
No, do not please.  This is not required at all.

What if I don’t have a Fall progress report by the application deadline?
All schools in the GTA should have a Fall 2016 progress report issued by our November 25, 2016 deadline. If you attend a private or independent school that does not produce a fall progress report card, please make note of this on your application and then submit the first report card of the current school year as soon as it is available.

What is a credit counselling summary?
The credit counselling summary is a document used by the TDSB that illustrates the student’s current and past courses and the marks received.

What is an optional attendance form?
The optional attendance form is a document used by the TDSB to track a student’s application to schools outside of their area of residence. It must be included in the application package by all applicants who currently attend a TDSB school.

Why do I have to submit a copy of my Individual Education Plan?
Any student who is currently receiving special education support is asked to enclose a copy of their most recent IEP. This allows us to review what accommodations the student requires for the response writing piece of the audition. As well, for those students who are successful in their audition, the IEP is reviewed by our special education staff to ensure a smooth transition to high school.

Should I include a photograph with my application?
No, please do not include any photographs with your application. However, you are requested to bring a photograph (wallet-sized) to the audition. A school photo will suffice. The photograph is used for identification purposes only and will not be returned to you.

I missed the ESA student/parent information sessions. Can I arrange to have a private tour?
Unfortunately it is not possible for us to arrange private tours. However, you are welcome to attend any of our performances or art shows during the school year. Details of these events are posted during the year on the main school website.

We live quite a distance from the school.  Do you provide transportation?
Unfortunately, we are not able to provide students with any transportation assistance.  Students and parents are responsible for making transportation arrangements to and from school.  Often students arrange to car-pool with other ESA students who reside in the same area.  These arrangements are not facilitated by the school.

Do we have to register for the Grade 8 Information Afternoon?
Yes.  The registration link will become active the week of  October 24, 2016.

How do I know what to prepare for the audition?
Please review the detailed audition requirements for each major.  Any new requirements will be uploaded by the week of October 24, 2016.

What are the topics for the response writing piece?
The personal response writing piece is specific to the arts major (drama, dance, and music theatre only) for which the student is applying.  It can involve a response to a performance they have seen or a brief description of why they love the arts.

Can I use a computer for the response writing piece?
Yes, you may use a computer if it is indicated as an accomodation in your Individual Education Plan (IEP).  Please do not bring your own computer – one will be provided for you on Audition Day.

Can I get the response writing piece topics ahead of time so that I can prepare my response?
The topics for the response writing piece are provided on audition day.  Advanced notice or research is not required for this response.  Pre-written responses are NOT accepted.

If I am auditioning for 2 areas will I need to complete 2 response writing pieces?
No, students will be writing only 1 response.

How will I know when my audition is?

  • All applicants who submit a complete application package by the November 25, 2016 deadline will be assigned an audition time.
  • Auditions will be held on Friday January 20, 2017 between 8:30 a.m. and 3:10 p.m.
  • Applicants will receive an email with the time and details of their audition by Monday January 16, 2017 (after 4:00 p.m.).
  • Emails will be sent to the address of the parent/guardian who is identified as the main contact on the application for admission.

How will I know what to bring to the audition?

  • Please review the detailed audition requirements for each major.
  • In addition, please review the FAQ pages for each of the majors.
  • The email that we send you with the time of your audition will also have details of what you should bring.

Can my parent/guardian accompany me to the audition?
Due to the large number of applicants we are unable to accommodate parent/guardian.  There are a number of restaurants, coffee shops and stores within a 10 minute drive of ESA where parents/guardians can spend time while you complete your audition and writing assignment.  Please note that parents/guardians are not allowed to accompany applicants into the audition areas.

When will I know the results of my audition(s)?
All applicants will receive an email on February 1, 2017 after 4:00 pm informing them of the outcome of their audition(s).  Successful applicants will have ample time within the optional attendance deadlines of the TDSB to make an informed choice.