CWSA Auditions

CWSA Winter/Spring 2020 Auditions Update

As you know, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) is currently in contract negotiations with the Government of Ontario and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association, and the union has been taking part in a selected withdrawal of services since November 2019. January 13th, the union announced the phase 3 of its job action. Unfortunately, as a result the February 1st audition has been cancelled. We remain hopeful that an agreement with ETFO can be achieved.

Our February 8, 22 and March 7th auditions - may be postponed.

We recognize that parents/guardians will have a number of questions. At this time, we are unable to provide any further details. Parents will be contacted as soon as more information becomes available.

We regret this disruption and understand your disappointment; however, we appreciate your continued understanding and patience during this time.

Audtion Overview

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.

Preparing for the Grade 3 Audition : Important Information


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 (born in 2011) will be required to attend one half day audition sessions. That session 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 (born in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010) will be asked to attend one audition session. No call-back audition is required for these students.


Preparing for the Grade 4,5,6,7 Audition - Important Information


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.