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Canterbury High School Ottawa Admissions Essay



1. How do I apply to the arts program?

You can apply using the online application link in the APPLYING portion of our website.

2. When should I apply to the arts program?

The online application link is open between October (2017) and January (2018).

3. How do I know if my online application went through?

If you have clicked SUBMIT, received a Web Response form giving you your audition dates, then your application was submitted. If you did not receive a Web Response form please try again. There are helpful tips in the APPLYING portion of our website.

4. What should I bring to the audition?

Depending on which you are applying, you may bring all outstanding forms, instrument (for music applicants), specific clothing (dance applicants, or visual arts portfolio. Please visit the links for each art for more information.

5. When is all of the paperwork due?

All of the required forms are due by Friday January 12 by 3pm. Please check out the APPLY NOW tab on the website for access to our online application system and paperwork. Please note that it is always best to have these documents in early rather than waiting until the last day.

6. How do I submit the paperwork?

Please submit all paperwork via CanadaPost (900 Canterbury Ave. Ottawa, ON, K1G3A7), hand-deliver it to our Main Office, fax it to 613-731-5210 (c/o Arts Coordinator), or email it to Derek.Eyamie@ocdsb.ca. If you are missing paperwork by January 13th, please bring it to your individual audition.

7. What if I’m not sure I want to go into the Arts Canterbury Program?

It is important to make this decision before you submit your application since we arrange coverage for our teachers to participate in the auditions. To our way of thinking, auditioning is an indication that you wish to be here and will accept a spot if one is offered. If you are deciding whether or not to attend, please be timely and considerate of our deadlines. It would also be a good idea to visit Canterbury HS for our Arts Open House on Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 7pm.

8. I made a mistake on my application form, what should I do?

Contact the Arts Coordinator by email or telephone to explain the situation. Make sure you identify yourself with reference to your first and last name, and the art to which you are applying.

9. Can I apply if I’m already in Gr.9 (or 10 or 11) at another school?

Yes! We sometimes have students withdraw from the Arts Canterbury Program and that leaves spots available for new applicants. Keep in mind, however, that you may be accepted into the gr.9 arts program but take gr.10 academic courses or be accepted in the gr.10 arts program but take gr.11 academic courses. Contact the Arts Coordinator for more details.


1. How do I know if I’m ready for the audition?

We endeavour to be clear about what will occur at the auditions and how applicants will be evaluated. Please read the audition requirements carefully to understand the specific criteria of each arts area. For more tips, you can check out the "Preparing for Auditions" document on the AUDITIONS page.

2. How many people audition to Arts Canterbury?

Approximately 500 students apply each year. The admission process is highly competitive since there are only 260 grade 9 spaces available.

3. Where can I park?

Please park in the large lot on the east side of the school that contains the portables (parallel with Halifax Drive). The lot on the west side is reserved for staff members. We have also received permission from the Alta Vista Baptist Church across the street to use their parking lot if ours become full.

4. Where do I go when I arrive at Canterbury HS?

There will be signs indicating the audition rooms at the main entrances of the school. The Arts Coordinator is available in the Student Services office for an questions or concerns; you can also visit the Main Office for help.

5. I’ve changed my mind about applying, what do I do?

Contact the Arts Coordinator immediately by email or telephone to explain the situation. Make sure you identify yourself with reference to your first and last name, and the art to which you are applying.


1. When will I find out if I have been accepted?

All candidates will be informed of results in a letter that will be mailed to your primary address in early March. We work hard to get our letters mailed as soon as we can.

2. My friend received their acceptance letter already, does this mean I didn't get in?

Our Auditions for each program happen at different times and, therefore, some results letters are sent earlier than others.

3. I received my acceptance package, what do I do now?

Fill out the Confirmation Form (in your acceptance package) and return it to Canterbury HS as soon as possible to reserve your spot in the program. Please deliver, mail, fax, or email the form directly to the Arts Coordinator before the date on the Confirmation Form (900 Canterbury Ave. Ottawa ON K1G3A7, 613-731-5210, Derek.Eyamie@ocdsb.ca, )

4. What if I’m late in returning the Confirmation Form?

It will be assumed that accepted applicants who do not return the Confirmation Form by the specified deadline are declining our offer. We will have no choice but to offer the space to the next candidate on the list. We make full effort to process the results in an efficient manner. We also must deal with deadlines associated with staffing and timetabling, and these are not set by Canterbury H.S.

5. Do I have to pay to attend Canterbury?

Canterbury HS is a publicly funded high school, however, to support the enriched Arts Program we ask each Arts student to pay $250 per year. This voluntary fee helps pay for: visiting artists, specialized equipment, materials and facilities, technicians, models and accompanists that are not part of any regular arts program available in any other school. Without this financial support our means of offering such enriched programming will be significantly reduced.

6. I didn’t make it! Does that mean I lack talent?

No. The lack of acceptance does not indicate a lack of talent or potential; we can only fit 26 students in each class and so our space is limited. We sincerely hope that all candidates continue to practice and enjoy their art. Strong arts programs exist throughout the OCDSB and we hope you will enroll in these classes.

7. Can I call the Arts Coordinator to find out if I’ve been accepted?

Please DO NOT call the Arts Coordinator for results. If your vacation plans coincide with the March Break, please make arrangements for someone to monitor your mail and return the Confirmation Form (available on our website in February) should you be accepted. The form can also be found on our website and can be emailed or faxed to the Arts Coordinator (613-731-5210).

8. If I don’t make it this year, can I reapply next year?

Absolutely! We welcome students re-auditioning for grades other than 9. Please understand, however, that spaces in the gr.10, 11, and 12 year are also limited. Your acceptance relies on a student withdrawing from the program. The good news is that in grades 11 and 12 for Drama, Music, and Literary, we are allowed to have more students in those classes. Due to safety concerns associated with special constraints, class sizes in Dance and Visual Art remain consistent across all grades. You may contact the Arts Coordinator to discuss space availability in grades 10-12.

9. Can I get more feedback about my audition?

Yes! Once all candidates have been informed of the audition results (early to mid March) it is possible to receive feedback only from the Arts Coordinator and only over the phone. Due to the number of applicants and time restrictions, we cannot accommodate requests to meet in person or for written responses. Please also be aware that the Arts Coordinator was likely not present during your audition and is only relaying the information provided on the audition feedback forms.

10. How do I contact the Arts Coordinator?

By email (Derek.Eyamie@ocdsb.ca) or by leaving a phone message (613-731-1191 Ext.302). Please ensure you clearly state the first and last name of the applicant and to which arts area they applied. Please be patient when awaiting a response, the Arts Coordinator will be responding to hundreds of requests. Messages or calls of an aggressive or rude nature will not be returned.

11. Why didn’t I make it?

We understand that not being accepted to Arts Canterbury will come as disappointment. In most cases, the reason that you have not been accepted comes down to the amount of space we have available in our program.

Canterbury High School is an Ottawa-Carleton District School Board high school in the Elmvale Acres neighbourhood of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is an arts magnet school, and located at 900 Canterbury Ave. It serves 1304 students. While offering both an arts program and a general program, Canterbury is known primarily for the arts. The Arts Canterbury program began in 1983.


The school opened in 1969 as a comprehensive high school. It was the last in a series of ten high schools built by the Collegiate Board to deal with the baby boom. At the time of its opening it was considered an extremely modern school, employing all the latest ideas in education. Most notably, many of its walls were movable, allowing for an easy reorganization of space. It also had one of the largest libraries of any secondary school. From 1969 to 1976, Canterbury offered a technical programme based on Aerospace Technology. The shops offered Airframe, and other aviation based technical studies. Additionally, the school operated a 1969 Cessna 190J (CF-CHS) and a Schweitzer 2-33 glider(CF-ABE), providing unique opportunities to students. However, The Ottawa Board of Education eventually withdrew support of the concept due to liability issues.

The school later, as a result of a specialized schools program became an arts magnet school.

In spite of the focus on the arts, the school still maintains a strong athletics program which includes wrestling, rowing, swimming, volleyball, baseball, basketball, soccer, football, water polo, curling, ultimate frisbee, ice hockey, rugby and track and field. It has one of the broadest ranges of sports teams in the OCDSB.

The 148X (Special) goes from Hurdman station to Canterbury for the students in the mornings and after school. They may also take the regular 148 from Hurdman station. Some yellow school buses are provided for students who live further than 20 kilometers away.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ashton Baumann, swimmer
  • Mark Bell, hockey
  • Raoul Bhaneja, actor/musician
  • Nick Boynton, hockey
  • Brian Campbell, hockey
  • Alexander Carson (filmmaker), filmmaker
  • Penelope Corrin, actress/comedian
  • Shean Donovan, hockey
  • Matthew Edison, actor/playwright
  • Peter Emslie, former animator (Disney)
  • Jenny Galt, musician
  • Martin Gero, writer/producer
  • Stephen Gray, rugby player
  • Jessica Holmes, actress/comedian
  • Simon Huck, PR executive/reality star
  • Peter Hume, politician
  • Alyn McCauley, hockey
  • Moira J. Moore, author
  • Stephanie Moore, actress/writer
  • Hannah Moscovitch, playwright
  • Ty Olsson, actor
  • Richard Parry, musician/Arcade Fire
  • Michael Peca, hockey
  • Gary Roberts, hockey
  • Vik Sahay, actor
  • Jordan Tannahill, playwright
  • Emma Taylor-Isherwood, actress
  • Sally Taylor-Isherwood, actress

Canterbury Arts[edit]

Canterbury has five different arts programs that students must audition and interview for to be accepted into. The five arts are:

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