Your Guide to Cawthra Park Secondary School

Cawthra Park Secondary School
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Cawthra Park Secondary School Mississauga

Cawthra Park Secondary School is a unique public high school situated in the southeast corner of Mississauga. There are currently just over 1300 students registered at this large and respected facility.

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Regional Arts School Cawthra Park

Regional Arts School

What makes Cawthra Park Secondary School special is that it is one of only five designated Regional Arts Schools in Peel Region.

In addition to being a regular high school offering the usual courses for students in grades 9-12, the school also offers an extended curriculum of studies in the arts. Courses are offered in music, dance, drama, and visual arts. Students are required to audition in order to participate in the Regional Arts Program.

Fine arts courses are available in:

  • music (both instrumental and voice)
  • dance
  • drama
  • visual arts and media

The Regional Arts Program (RAP) provides students with substantial art school course offerings in each of the above categories.

Topics can include:


  1. Music theory
  2. Music composition
  3. Instrumental performance
  4. Music History


  1. Vocal performance
  2. Voice training


  1. Choreography
  2. Dance techniques
  3. Contemporary dance
  4. Ballet
  5. Jazz dance


  1. Acting
  2. Playwriting
  3. Stage design
  4. Theater production
  5. Musical theater
  6. Improvisation

Visual Arts:

  1. Drawing and painting
  2. Sculpture
  3. Printmaking
  4. Photography
  5. Graphic design


  1. Digital art
  2. Video Production
  3. Video Editing
  4. TV production

The school has a mix of fine arts students and regular high school students, and it offers an excellent selection of standard and specialized academic courses as well.

Dual Credit

Dual Credit programs provide grade 11 and 12 students with a unique opportunity to earn both college and non-compulsory secondary credits at the same time. College credits earned may be applied to a college program after high school.

Choose from more than 50 courses at colleges such as: Centennial, George Brown, Humber, Seneca and Sheridan.


Cawthra Park also offers a Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) in Arts and Culture. Grade 11 and 12 students are given the chance to work with industry leaders and experience cutting-edge training in various avenues of the arts and culture industry.

The SHSM in Arts and Culture provides opportunities for students to develop skills and work habits that are required in the arts and culture sector.

French Language

Although there is no Extended French or French Immersion offered at this high school, students can find French language instruction in Core French.


The school is also a participant in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) for skilled trades.

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

Feeder Schools

Feeder schools to Cawthra Park Secondary include:

  • Westacres Elementary K-5
  • Janet L. McDougald Elementary K-5
  • Munden Park Elementary K-5
  • Clifton Elementary K-5
  • Allan A. Martin Sr Elementary 6-8

Address & Contact Information

Address: 1305 Cawthra Rd.

Mississauga, ON. L5G 4L1

Phone number: 905-274-1271



School Board: Peel District School Board

School Type: Public High School

Academic Calendar: Semesters

School Size: students: 1300

Religious Affiliation: None

Foundation Year: 1972

School Uniform: NO

Language of Instruction: English

Gender: Coeducational

School Facilities

Although CPSS was founded over 50 years ago, it offers a good assortment of modern classrooms and work areas for students.

In addition, the Cawthra Park Secondary School also features numerous drama and art rooms, a large professional theatre and auditorium, video animation studios, numerous music areas, a library, three large gymnasiums, a fitness centre, plus athletic fields and more than a dozen computer and robotics lab areas.

The theatre is state-of-the-art. It includes three studios and an auditorium that has a capacity of 667 guests. The events that usually take place here are the program’s theatre productions, musical and dance events. 

CPSS also shares a six-lane, 25 metre swimming pool with nearby Carmen Corbasson Community Centre. The entrance to the pool is located on Atwater Avenue behind the school.

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Cawthra Park High School


CPSS is also quite renowned for its sports teams (Panthers), and offers a wide assortment of athletic opportunities for students, including:

  • alpine skiing
  • badminton
  • baseball
  • basketball
  • cross-country running
  • flag football
  • football
  • golf
  • hockey
  • rugby
  • soccer
  • swimming
  • table tennis
  • tennis
  • track and field
  • ultimate frisbee
  • volleyball
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Extracurricular Clubs and Associations

As might be expected, this specialized art high school in Mississauga has a wide variety of extracurricular clubs with a special focus on the arts, including:

  • Athletic Council
  • Chamber Choir
  • Creative Illustration Club
  • Dance Council
  • Environmental Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands
  • Jazz Lab
  • Jazz-a-Peel
  • Les Belles Classiques Choir
  • Momentum
  • Painting Club
  • Photography Club
  • Ritz Concert Choir
  • Singsation Choir
  • Urban Dance Club

Cawthra Park Secondary School Ranking

Academically, this public high school has consistently scored about average in the Fraser Institute’s annual ranking. This year’s score was 6.4 out of a possible 10, and the school is rated at 352nd place out of 739 high schools in the province of Ontario. Compare school rankings.

School and Nearby Amenities

For recreation and athletics, Cawthra Park Secondary School has two large gymnasiums, and a  full assortment of track and field facilities.

The school is located in the southeast part of Mississauga, serving the Lakeview area. It is relatively close to the commercial areas that line Lakeshore Rd. E., as well as the Dixie Outlet Mall.

CPSS has easy access to both Lakeshore Road, and the QEW Highway. The nearest GO Station is Long Branch.

Cawthra Park Secondary School Boundary Map

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cawthra park secondary school boundary map

The above map shows Cawthra Park Secondary School boundaries for the regular high school curriculum. Student enrollment for the Regional Arts program actually includes all of Mississauga south of the 401 Highway.

You can see that the boundary map for traditional schooling covers a large area extending from the Lake Ontario shoreline in the south, to Dundas St. W. in the north, with an irregular boundary on its western edge, roughly following Cliff Rd, extending to Hurontario St. for a portion.

It’s eastern boundary follows the Etobicoke Creek boundary with Toronto.

IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER: Not all boundaries are included. We make every effort to ensure that school and district boundary data is up-to-date. It’s important to note, however, that these are approximations and are for general informational purposes only. To verify legal descriptions of boundaries or school locations, contact your school board.


Cawthra Park Secondary School has consistently scored respectably in the provincial rankings for all high schools in Ontario as shown by ranking results from the Fraser Institute.

It is a special focus regional art school, and it also provides a wide array of specialty learning programs and extracurricular activities of all types that can enrich students in grades 9-12. CPSS is a highly recommended school.

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