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Special Interest Programs – Arts Focus

The TDSB is committed to creating an equitable school system where the achievement and well-being of every student is fostered through rich, culturally authentic learning experiences in diverse, accepting environments where all are included, every voice is heard, and every experience is honored.  The TDSB strives to meet the accommodation needs of persons with disabilities.

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ESA Open House

Our in-person open house is scheduled for some time in early November (specific date TBD). At our open house you can tour different spaces and speak to our arts focus teachers, visit the gymnasium to talk to our academic teachers, and stop by our cafeteria to speak to our guidance department to get assistance with the online application. The evening also includes a chance to see one of two performances showcasing our art focus special interest programs. The first performance runs from 6:30 pm to 7:10 pm and the second one from 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm. Parents/Guardians of Grade 8 students can use this link (the link is now closed) to reserve a free ticket for themselves and their child for one of these two performances. Some tickets will also be available at the door that evening.

Key Application Details

  • TBD: The central student interest programs online application opens.
  • TBD: The central student interest programs online application closes at 4:00 pm.
  • Students may apply for two programs and must rank these two programs.
  • No audition or interview or portfolio review required.  
  • All students who submit a complete application will be part of the random selection process when interest exceeds available spots which will determine the successful candidates. 20% of available spots will be reserved for students from systemically marginalized communities that self-identify on the application.
  • If a student is accepted into their first art focus choice, they will not be considered for their second choice. 
  • As per TDSB directive, our school is open to students residing in the M postal code. 

ESA Art Focus Special Interest Programs

Sample Grade 9 Timetable from the 2022/2023 School Year

DayPeriod 1Period 2LunchPeriod 3Period 4
1Issues in Canadian Geography – CGC1D1Core French – FSF1D1 Healthy Active Living Education -PPL1O1Dance – ATC1OP
2Mathematics – MTH1W1English – ENG1D1 Science – SNC1W1Dance Performance -ATP1OP

View our Grade 8 to Grade 9 course selection information slides.