Majors & Academics

Our academic curriculum offers a full range of course selections in the areas of mathematics, sciences, languages and social sciences, while giving you the flexibility to be fully engaged in your arts major. Students must balance a rigorous academic workload with numerous extra curricular performances.

Students graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Our graduates are very successful in gaining admission to post-secondary institutions, including universities, colleges and various arts schools. Over 80 per cent of our students pursue post-secondary studies at the university level in such disciplines as: engineering, music, life sciences, visual arts, economics, philosophy, journalism, drama and film.Etobicoke School of the Arts is very well known in North America. Our well-deserved reputation for excellence draws students from across the province. In May 2010, the Fraser Institute named ESA the top school in the GTA. Our students have also excelled on the Provincial Grade 10 Literacy Test and on the Grade 9 EQAO Results.

Students major in dance, drama, film, music (band or strings), music theatre or visual arts. Students work with our committed staff in an exciting and dynamic curriculum tailored to each art. The learning environment is vibrant, engaging, welcoming and extremely busy. Students must study a minimum of two arts credits of their major each year. Learn more about the specific majors.

Program Selection Requirements
Students need 30 credits to graduate. All students in grades 9 to 11 inclusive will be expected to take a full program of eight credits each year. Course changes can be made only until the end of September. Grade 12 students must take a minimum of six credits. See Program Requirements by Grade for specific details. If you have any questions, please visit Student Services.

Scheduling: Academic Courses and Events
School runs on a two-day schedule with 4 periods a day. Each week is either week A, or week B, and based on which week it is, the 2 afternoon classes are switched in order to ensure a student does not miss the same class every week for rehearsals or appointments. Learn more about the academic schedule, events calendar and ESA communications.


You may find some of these links helpful in reviewing the course options and tools available to students.

TDSB page for ESA  This is the TDSB page for ESA.

ESA Course Charts   Each course links to a pop-up which provides details about the course.

Choices  The Secondary School Course Selection and Planning Guide.    Organized by subject area, it will redirect you back to the Course Charts by school to see what the specific school is offering.

On-line School Library  There are also links to useful external resources.

School Year Calendar  This shows dates for breaks, PA days, etc.

My Blueprint  The TDSB Education Planner to help students map out their high school program.  Student log-in required.

Forms  Downloadable forms (e.g. 511C Parent/Guardian Permission for Excursion).