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Are you interested in learning the Ontario Curriculum through the Arts?

If so, the York Region District School Board offers an Elementary Integrated Arts program at Baythorn Public School in Thornhill. York Region students have the opportunity to explore the disciplines of Dance, Drama, Visual Arts and Music while meeting the necessary curricular requirements for the grades five, six, seven and eight programs. This is a full time school program. For September 2022-2023 we will be accepting 60 new students into our program; 30 in Grade 5 and 30 in Grade 6. (We are not a performing Arts school.)







Application Checklist
Please note: the Application Process is the Edsby Registration.
  • Student Submission ready to upload - ONE PICTURE ONLY
  • Current Teacher (Homeroom teacher) Email Address
  • Registration Submitted by January 30th
  • Interview time slot booked by February 1 - February 4 (link will be posted on the website)
  • Virtual Interview completed February 7 - February 11  (link will be provided by email)
  • First Term Report Card Emailed to  by March 4
  • Acceptance or Decline (communicated through Edsby)


Please monitor this website and the email address


you are using for this process for any updates




Do we submit everything at once?  January 30th is the deadline for the online registration in Edsby and at the same time you must attach your student submission.  Other important dates are listed above. Term 1 February Report Card will be submitted to our Baythorn email site once received by you.
How do we show you the student submission? You will have to upload during the Edsby Registration. You will get an opportunity to speak to your submission during your virtual interview.
Can I submit more than one picture?  If you submit more than one picture only your first one will be considered.
Do we get a confirmation email once we have completed the online application. Edsby will let you know where you are in the application process. Please continue to refer back to the registration guide which is posted above. 
What if I forget to submit a report card or student submission?  You will need to make sure all parts are provided in order to be considered for a virtual interview. 
How do I find out about the virtual interview and the date?  Check back for a link on this website.
Can change the date for my virtual interview?  Unfortuantely, in order for us to accomadate all those who apply you must be ready for your interview time and date. You will not be given a second date.
My child has an IEP and is currently in the SCC program for language and math but learns better through music (loves to sing). Would this program support my child’s needs and be suitable for my child? We welcome students with IEPs, however the level of support is limited to REGULAR CLASS WITH INDIRECT SUPPORT and they have to be interested in learning through the arts, all arts, not just music or singing. 
Will students have the opportunity to resume a regular music program with wind instruments and singing? Yes, when Public Health deems it safe we will do so.

When my child graduates from Baythorn School of Arts, do they automatically get into one of the arts high schools or do they have to apply again? Students transitioning from grade 8 to high school have to apply for the various programs, including any arts programs. So yes, they will have to apply or audition for the specific arts discipline for high school. 


Do we have to wear dance clothes for dancing classes? No dance attire is required, you have to wear comfortable clothing (similarly to a gym class). 


Is the workload comparable to any other school in YRDSB with respect to grade level? Or given the integration of the arts, is there a greater workload for students?  We follow the same Ontario Curriculum and YRDSB homework guidelines. With greater integration and collaboration, some students find it more intensive and it takes more time to work in a group. It really depends on the student’s individual work habits, learning skills and particularly their use of class time. 


My child is shy and reserved when in a new environment and/or performing Drama & Dance; however, they are very passionate about Music and Visual Arts. They demonstrate many of the qualities you described in the presentation. Would they still be a good candidate for the program given their quiet and shy personality? As long as your child understands that they have to participate in all the art disciplines and are willing to try, they are a solid candidate.  


I would like to know more about the school environment, especially students. Is the school more tailored for special needs students or kids having difficulty learning? No, we are a  K-8 school that is able to offer indirect support for students with IEP. The IEP is followed by the homeroom teacher in consultation with the Special Education Resource Teacher.. 


How can I contact the before/after school care to enquire about fees and registration? The before and after care information is on our website. 


How does the arts program at Baythorn accommodate students identified as 'gifted'?  We offer indirect support for students identified as gifted so again the homeroom teacher will work in consultation with the SERT. We do not have a specialized gifted program at Baythorn. 


If my child is accepted, how does carpool work? You will be asked by email to fill out a google form that will provide permission to share your location and availability for sharing the driving. You will contact families yourself to arrange your own transportation if you wish to participate.  






The arts@baythorn program is an intensive three or four year Arts program (depending on the grade of entry) providing students interested in the Arts with the opportunity to study Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts in the company of other students with similar interests. We believe in an integrated curriculum where individual artistic strengths are used to deepen the understanding across curricular areas. Through the Arts, students have an opportunity to build on their existing important social skills, group work skills, problem-solving strategies, risk-taking ability and creative thinking skills. In addition, students in the arts@baythorn program will increase the depth and breadth of their learning through workshops with guest artists and field trips to performances and exhibitions. Participation in the arts may increase a student’s self-esteem, self-discipline, self-motivation, as well as their ability to internalize concepts presented in the various academic subjects.


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