Frequently Asked Audition Questions regarding our January 2020 Audition Day

Can I audition for more than one major?
Yes, you can. Applicants can audition for up to two different majors but will only be offered admission into one.   Students who audition for two majors need to indicate their first and second choice of major.  There is a non-refundable audition fee of $25.00 per audition payable via School Cash 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 choice.

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

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

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.

Is ESA semestered?
No, we are not.  Our courses run year-long.  We have a two-day cycle with students taking 4 courses on one day and then 4 other courses the subsequent day.  Students take courses in Grades 9 and 10 take 8 courses all year-long.  Students in Grade 11 may take 7 or 8 courses all year-long.  Grade 12 students take 6 courses all year-long.

Should I include a photograph with my application?
No, please do not include any photographs with your application.

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?
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.  Thank you to everyone who attended our afternoon information session on November 7, 2019.

How do I know what to prepare for the audition?
Please view our admissions requirement page for detailed information.

How will I know when my audition is?

  • All applicants who submit a complete application package to our main office before or by noon on November 26, 2019 will receive an audition.  Applications are now closed.  Thank you to everyone who applied.
  • Auditions will be held on Friday January 17, 2020 between 8:45 a.m. and 3:10 p.m.
  • Applicants will receive an email with the time and details of their audition by January 13, 2020.
  • Emails will be sent to the address of the parent/guardian who is identified as the main contact on the application for admission.

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 ten-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 by February 10, 2020 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.