CWSA Auditions


Audition dates and times were emailed to candidates on Thursday January 11, 2018.  Please check your SPAM folder if you did not get the email.  Important information about auditions can be found below.

Information Web Link
Audition Information for Grade 3 candidates only Click Here
Audition Information for candidates currently in
Grades 4, 5, 6 or 7
Click Here
Audition Payment Information for all candidates Click Here
2018 Audition Timelines Click Here


The application process for September 2018 has now closed.  CWSA will audition all students who applied in February and March of 2018.  Applications for September 2019 will open in October of 2018.

In February, March and May of 2018, Claude Watson School for the Arts will be auditioning over 600 candidates for September 2018 enrollment.  Currently we have 60 vacancies for Grade 4.  Currently, we do not have any vacancies for Grades 5, 6, 7 or 8; however, that could change later in the year.  Annually, CWSA admits a small number of students in the older grades.

Each student auditioning for a position at Claude Watson School for the Arts will be evaluated in dance, drama, music and visual arts.  During a half day audition event, students will have approximately 50 minutes in each of the arts area.  In each case, highly qualified CWSA staff will teach a mini lesson to all of the candidates.  Candidates will then be presented with a task based on the lesson.  Teachers will score each candidate based upon rubrics that have been created.

The CWSA staff has carefully created rubrics (Click here for the rubrics) for each task based upon the achievement chart of the Ontario Arts Curriculum (The Ontario Curriculum Grades 1 – 8: The Arts – 2009 – Pages 34 and 35).  Tasks will change based on the age of the children and tasks will change from year to year. 

The audition process is different depending on the age of the candidate.  Students currently in grade 3 will be required to attend two half day audition sessions.  Each of those sessions will be divided amongst the four arts areas.  Approximately 120 candidates) will be asked to attend a call-back audition based upon the results of their initial audition.  Students currently in grades 4, 5, 6 and 7 will be asked to attend one audition session.   No call-back audition is required for these students.

When auditions have been completed results will be combined to give each candidate a final score.  Each of the four arts areas will be given equal weighting in the creation of the final score.  Offer of admissions to Claude Watson School for the Arts will be made based upon the audition score and an evaluation of the complete application package.

On the following pages we have provided examples of generic rubrics used in each of the four arts areas.  Assessment rubrics used during the audition will be more detailed as they will pertain to the specific tasks that are not being published.  All students auditioning for a particular grade will participate in the same tasks and will be assessed using the same rubrics.