About the Integrated Arts Program (IAP)
The Integrated Arts Program is a Waterloo Region District School Board Magnet Program. It offers challenging enhanced arts programming for students interested in the performing, visual, production and media arts. Students choose to come to the Eastwood IAP for many different reasons: Some want to pursue post-secondary studies or a career in the arts, and others want to enhance their high school experience through the arts while pursuing other career and post-secondary goals. The IAP offers opportunities to explore, experience, or study aspects of arts careers through extra curricular activities, professional mentorship, and field trips. Students enrolled in the program must be strongly committed to their arts courses, their academic studies, and their extra-curricular activities. All students must audition successfully for the program before they will be accepted into the program. For more information on auditions as well as eligibility for the program please click on New IAP Applicants.
How does the Program Work?
As an Integrated Arts Program student, you will take a combination of Arts Major and Minor courses in grades 9-12. Arts Major courses are taught at the enhanced level and these are the courses you audition for when you apply to the program. To remain in the IAP in good standing, you must maintain a 70% or higher in all your Arts Major courses.
Arts Minor courses are open courses that you take out of interest to expand your experiences in the arts. You do not need to audition for your Arts Minor courses.
In grades 9 and 10, IAP students typically take two Arts Major courses and one Arts Minor course and then choose to focus on one (and sometimes two) Arts Major in their senior years. Although you can choose to take three Arts Major courses in grades 9 and 10, you should only make this commitment if you are exceptionally well organized.
All IAP students must have a minimum of one Arts Major course to remain in the program.
Some students who show potential in their audition, but are not ready to take an Arts Major course in grade 9 may be asked to join the IAP Development Program. If you are given this option in grade 9, then you will be able to take Arts Minor courses during your first year and then re-audition for an Arts Major in grade 10.
What are the requirements for the IAP?
To be accepted to the Integrated Arts Program you must:
- submit a completed IAP application by the deadline
- audition successfully for at least one Arts Major course (or be asked to join the program as an IAP Development student)
- have a positive character reference from a current school teacher
- be eligible to attend school in Ontario
- be in good standing at your previous school – that means having acceptable attendance, grades and behaviour.
To remain in the Program in good standing you must:
- Have at least one Arts Major in grades 9-12
- attain a minimum 70% average in your Arts Major courses
- participate year-round in at least one extra-curricular activity related to one of your Majors
- abide by the “Code of Ethics and Code of Participation”
- participate successfully in the “Reality Check Interview” at the end of Grade 9
To be Eligible to receive the “IAP Arts Endorsement Certificate” upon graduation, you must:
- successfully complete eight (8) arts courses, including one grade 12 Arts Major.
- remain in the Arts Program in good standing to the end of grade 12 as per the Code of Conduct and Code of Participation.
To be Eligible to receive the “IAP Arts and Business Endorsement Certificate” upon graduation, you must:
- Be accepted to the IAP
- Complete 5 arts courses including one grade 12 Arts Major plus 3 Business Courses
- Business courses typically include BBI – Introduction to Business and any two senior Business courses.