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Students in the Waterloo Region Integrated Arts Program are expected to adhere to the code of ethics outlined in the “Code of Conduct and Code of Participation”. Parents should be familiar with these documents from auditions. Each year at the IAP student assembly in September, we ask students to review these expectations and to sign that they understand and will comply with them.

The Code of Ethics (COE) is a set of principles to which you must adhere throughout your WRIAP school years. The Code is considered so important that it requires a signature from parents/guardians as well as the student, and is part of the deliberation process for advancing within the program as well as attaining an Integrated Arts Endorsement Certificate.


  1. Waterloo Region Integrated Arts Program (WRIAP) students are privileged to represent E.C.I. and should conduct themselves as suitable ambassadors for our school at all times. All students are responsible to the Principal for their conduct at any school – related event.
  2. WRIAP students are expected to be conscientious, exemplary citizens of the school.
  3. WRIAP students will display respect and integrity at all times when dealing with fellow students, teachers, paraprofessionals and audiences.
  4. Strict adherence to rules while on buses or visiting other schools or performing at locations outside of Eastwood CI is expected.
  5. Consumption of drugs or alcohol is forbidden at all times on any school premises or at any school – sponsored event.
  6. As paraprofessionals, guest artists, field trips and workshops are an integral part of the WRIAP, it is imperative that students display respect and enthusiasm, and give them their undivided attention.


  1. All students in the WRIAP are required to be involved in an extra-curricular group/activity in one of their major arts areas throughout the entire year.  *** Gala may not be included as an activity.
  2. Once a commitment to an extra-curricular group/activity has been made, a student must follow through with that commitment. It is unfair to fellow students and teachers to leave a group/ensemble in mid-production/rehearsal. Exceptions may be made but need to be worked out well in advance with staff.
  3. Any absences by the student must be discussed with the teacher beforehand and an IAP Absence form must be completed, signed by the parent and submitted prior to the absence. Only valid reasons will be accepted (invalid reasons include: catching up on homework, car-pooling, ‘social’ issues, appointments, work etc.) This form is available on the website and will be posted in various locations within the school.
  4. In order to switch extra-curriculars for one season, a completed IAP Exemption form must be completed two weeks ahead of time. You may not opt out of auditioned groups. This form is available on the website and will be posted in various locations within the school.
  5. Students must purchase a Student Activity Card to help defray the cost of activities to the student body and for participation points to be awarded.
  6. In order to perform in a specific production, students must be in attendance at school that day, unless the teacher in charge/director has been forewarned of a valid reason, e.g. doctor’s appointment.
  7. Students must participate fully in all classes on days of evening performances and rehearsals.
  8. It is the responsibility of WRIAP students to maintain good relations with teachers in all courses. When school work will be missed due to field trips, performances, or other such arts commitments, teachers must be notified in advance.
  9. Students must be registered as full time in order to participate in WRIAP activities.


In order to succeed in the WRIAP, students shall participate fully in the curricular, extra-curricular, and behavioral expectations.

  1. In grade 9 students will be monitored to ensure their successful transition into the Integrated Arts Program.
  2. By the end of grade 9 students will complete a Reality Checklist that includes the creation of a resume/curriculum vitea, and the completion of an Interview questionnaire that will be reviewed by the staff/administration of the IAP.
  3. During this process students will celebrate their successes with staff, and discuss how they have met the Code of Ethics/Participation requirements during their first two years. Students will also have the opportunity to discuss their plans for their senior years in the program, as they prepare to move into their more specialized areas of major study.
  4. Students and staff will also have the opportunity to address any problems and areas of weakness, especially if the student has not lived up to the obligations of the Code of Ethics/Participation; especially with regard to marks, attendance, behaviour, and extra-curricular participation. A student may be placed on conditional acceptance, or probation until improvement is noted. In some cases, students may be removed from the program.


The Yellow Card is a means of cautioning a student regarding his or her conduct and participation in the WRIAP.

  1. Students who are not meeting extra-curricular obligations will be notified with a Yellow Card that outlines the areas in need of improvement.
  2. The Yellow Card will be accompanied by a phone call from staff or administration to a parent/guardian.
  3. All Yellow Cards will be kept in the student’s WRIAP file and will be monitored by IAP staff and administration.


In order to succeed in the WRIAP, students shall participate fully in the curricular, extra-curricular, and behavioral expectations.

  1. IAP students must maintain a 70% average in their IAP Area of Specialty (Practical) Art Majors (Enriched) arts courses.
  2. A mark below 70% in a subject that you auditioned into will result in a Conditional placement in the subsequent year of that class and the implementation of strategies to help ensure improvement in that course.
  3. A mark below 70% seriously jeopardizes the possibility of successfully earning your IAP Certificate of Endorsement.

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