Claude Watson School for the Arts

Each year hundreds of children from across the City of Toronto audition for a place at Claude Watson School for the Arts.  For information about how to audition, eligibility and the application please check out the Future Students section on our website.  



Welcome To Claude Watson School for the Arts

Welcome to Claude Watson School for the Arts (CWSA).  CWSA is a dynamic school which offers an enriched arts education to students in grades 4 - 8.  Each year we admit 60 students (30 boys and 30 girls) into our grade four program.  Students spend approximately half their day on the academic curriculum (language, french, math, science, social studies, health and physical education).  The other half of their day is spent immersed in the arts.  All students participate in dance, drama, music and visual arts.  In Grade 5 students are introduced to digital arts.

Claude Watson School for the Arts is proud to operate as part of the Toronto District School Board.  CWSA is a publically funded school and does not ask families to pay tuition.  Each year there is significant interest in families applying to our program.  The only prerequisite for applying to our program is to live within the city of Toronto.  Families interested in applying are encouraged to check out the "Future Students" section of this website.  Each year we audition approximately 500 children for entrance into our program.


Important Pages

African Heritage Month 2021

People of African descent have a rich legacy of cultural practices and traditions across generations. Toronto District School Board (TDSB) continues to be committed to honouring the contributions and activism of African and Black communities worldwide.Every February, educators, students, and their families honour the histories and contributions of people of African descent from around the world. At the TDSB, this year's theme is Kujichagulia, which means self-determination. Kujichagulia, the second principle of the Nguzo Saba, demands that people of African descent define and develop for themselves the environments that center their own identities and lived experiences.  This African Heritage month resource has two purposes. First, the resource encourages educators and students to explore and deepen their understanding of the histories and excellence of Black and African communities. Second, this resource supports educators in focusing on key questions as they engage in lessons and conversations that promote the theme of Kujichagulia.

Please feel free to contact: Jacqueline Spence or Karen Murray if you have any questions.

Chinese Heritage Month 2021

February is Chinese Heritage Month at the Toronto District School Board

The Toronto District School Board is proud to recognize Chinese Heritage Month (CHM) during the month of February 2021. This year is the Year of the Ox: Loyal, Honest, Responsible, Hard-Working and Logical. Many Chinese Canadians will celebrate Lunar New Year on Friday, February 12. The Lunar New Year is also known as the spring festival and begins with the first moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar 15 days later. Though celebrations will be altered this year because of the pandemic, the spirit and joyfulness will remain the same through virtual events and in-home family-based festivities.
Follow us at Twitter(@tdsbChineseHM. Further information about these initiatives are currently available on our official CHM site

The Claude Watson Secondary Arts Program is based out of Earl Haig Secondary School.  Their website is