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Applying to the Regional Arts Program at Cawthra Park


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All completed application packages must be submitted using the Peel Board's online application process. The link, to the application, will appear (below) on November 9, 2020 and close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020. Submissions due January 2021 (date TBA).  An email will be sent out after applications close and payment has been received November 23 with instructions about how and where to upload your audition content.  This information will be sent to the email address you provided on your application before Friday December 18, 2020.



Online Applications

All applications - for students living both in the Peel District, Dufferin Peel Catholic, AND outside the Peel District (Oakville and Etobicoke) -- will use the electronic application system.


​Click here on Nov. 9 to access the online application module.​

RLCP Applications are only accessible on the PDSB Regional Programs website. The applications will go live at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, November 9, 2020 and close at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 23, 2020


A paper application will not be available.


Applications must be submitted on, or before,
November 23, 2020  by 3 pm. 



Audition Information

Audition information can be found at:

​Click on Regional Arts/Apply

Choose your Arts discipline from the red menu on the left.



Who can apply?


Only students who live south of Highway 401 & are entering Grade 9 in September 2021, may apply to the Regional Arts Program (including those outside of the Peel Region).



Open House & Information Night







October 27, 2020


All Regional Learning Choice Programs in Peel will host an Open House in a virtual format this year due to the current health restrictions.


Cawthra Park will host their virtual Open House on the evening of October 27th.  We will have a live portion that parents and families can tune in to watch, and then be followed by individual meetings that will be hosted by the Head of each Arts department, Guidance, Special Education and Administration in order for you to ask specific questions about auditions, program requirements, fees, and what makes Cawthra Park the best choice for your child's education


Please check back here frequently for updates and links to our live presentations.  Please see the Open House page for more details.


3 Identical Virtual Presentations @ 6:00pm   7:00pm   8:00pm



Submissions due January 2021 (date TBA).   An email will be sent out after applications close November 23 with instructions about how and where to upload your audition content.  The information will be sent to the email address you provided on your application before Friday, December 18, 2020.  

Note:  If your child/teen has an individualized Education Plan (IEP), please ensure the Artistic Director here at Cawthra Park is made aware so that any necessary accommodations are made, if applicable.  Please contact the school if you have questions about this or email us at: [email protected]


Acceptance Letters

Acceptance letters are delivered through the on-line application system. All acceptance letters will be generated electronically on February 1, 2021 after 3:00 p.m. and e-mailed to the address you provide at the time of your application.



Student Confirmation

Applicants must confirm their acceptance online before:

3:00 pm on February 8, 2021.


Second round offers will be sent out after 3:00 pm February 9, 2021.


Students who have accepted an offer from one school, will not be sent additional offers.


Audition Fee

$40 (Paid online at the time of application).



Regional Arts Program Fee


$200 (Paid online after an offer has been accepted).



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The application package has the most accurate and detailed information. The only method to apply to the program is to use the online application.


We offer a package of specialized courses to artistically talented students interested in Dance, Drama, Music (vocal or instrumental) or Visual Arts. In addition to the arts program, students study required and optional academic courses to earn their secondary school diploma. An audition, to determine the appropriateness of this program for each student, is held in January (for admission the following September). A student chooses only one of the four arts in which to audition: Dance, Drama, Music (instrumental or vocal) or Visual Arts.


Admissions decisions are based on the candidate's talent in his/her chosen art, potential, overall school performance and the student's ability to benefit fully from the program.


A yearly upgrade charge is required to cover "Artist in the Classroom",  in-house concerts/performances, workshops, master classes, group clinics, private tutorial by professional artists, exhibitions, accompanists for Dance and Music classes and much more. Other material, or field trip fees, might apply for some courses.




Continued enrolment in the Cawthra Park Regional Arts Program is based on students demonstrating the appropriate attitude, academic achievement and artistic skills to ensure success in our enriched arts curriculum. The progress of Regional Arts students is reviewed following each reporting period.


During these reviews, the following are considered:

  • academic progress in all courses;
  • attendance;
  • continued interest in the Regional Arts Program;
  • contribution to class and the co-curricular program;
  • attitude conducive to positive learning; and
  • behaviour.

Students, of concern, are identified by the above criteria; or by a mark of less than 65% in their Regional Arts Program (RAP) area. Identification will initiate a review process. Each case is treated individually and recommendations are made in the best interests of the student and the program. If the decision is made, for the student to withdraw from the Regional Arts Program at Cawthra Park, the student would register at his/her home school for the following year.


Parents will receive notification following any review.


Parent Support


Parent involvement, in the education of their children, contributes greatly to the success students achieve at secondary school. We have enjoyed a rich history of parent participation at Cawthra Park over the past several years. In fact, the Cawthra Park Parents' Association was the first organized parent group at the secondary level in The Peel District School Board. It began as an advocacy group to bring the concerns of parents, regarding the future of the Regional Arts Program, to the attention of the trustees at the Peel Board. Since that time, parents have contributed not only to arts advocacy, but also to issues involving school policy, safety, fundraising, special events and community liaison.


Cawthra Park staff and students continue to work together with parents on the School Council, The Friends of Cawthra Park Fundraising Committee and other committees under the umbrella organization called The Cawthra Community Circle. We believe that this name captures the essence of our relationship with our students and their parents. It is our intention to continue inviting parents to work with us, in creative and meaningful ways, to advance educational experiences for Cawthra Park students.


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