Class Space and Wait Lists

If I am placed on a wait list, what are my chances of getting in?
Unfortunately, there is no way to determine your chances of being able to join a full class. If a space becomes available, students will be called in the order in which they appear on the wait list. Should you be contacted to fill an available spot, you will be given 24 hours to respond, after which the space will be offered to the next person on the wait list. Please do not call the school regarding waitlists. We will contact you immediately should a spot become available.
Can I join a class if it has already started?
If there is space in a class, and if the instructor has approved it, an individual can join a class late. In this instance it is wise to contact the school and inquire beforehand.
Can I bring my friend to my class?
Due to limited studio space, we must restrict attendance to students only.
Can I come visit or observe a class?
Due to our limited studio space, we do not allow guests or visitors to observe or attend classes
Am I guaranteed or saved a space in a class if I attended it last term or last year?
All students must re-register for each term taken, unless they have already registered for all three terms in the fall. Registrations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to keep your course calendar handy! The calendar and website will tell you all you need to know about registering for the next term.

Getting Here

Where is the school located?
The Avenue Road Arts School is conveniently located at the intersection of Avenue Road and St. Clair Ave. West. From St. Clair, we are just a few steps south, at 460 Avenue Road, on the west side. See directions and a map here.
How do you get to the school by TTC?
From the Yonge Line, take the streetcar west to Avenue Road. Walk south on the West side of Avenue Road, and our doorstep is just seconds past Lynwood Avenue. From the University-Spadina Line, take the streetcar east to Avenue Road. Walk south on the west side of Avenue Road, and our doorstep is just past Lynwood Avenue.
Where can I park?
We have a small parking lot behind the school that fits 12 cars. Should you choose to park in the lot, please sign in at the office. Please be patient entering and exiting from our lot. Should you need to leave your class early, please do not park in our lot as class start and end times are created with the ease of parking lot traffic in mind. There is also limited parking available on the side streets around the school. The TTC is also very convenient, with a streetcar stop at St. Clair and Avenue Road, just minutes from the school’s front door.

Materials

When do I have to buy my materials?
If the course description includes the line 'materials list provided,' you will need to purchase your own materials. You will receive the materials list one week prior to the start of classes. The school reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrolment up to one week before the first class. As a result, it is advisable that materials be purchased close to the start date of each class. The Avenue Road Arts School is not responsible for any materials purchased for a cancelled class.
When do I get my materials list?
You will receive your materials list by mail, a week prior to the first class. You will only receive a materials list if 'materials list provided' appears in the course description. Alternately, you may download a PDF of all materials lists from the appropriate class description on our website.
Does the price of a class include materials?
Yes, unless otherwise indicated by 'materials list provided.' This notice means that you will receive a list of materials needed for the class by mail, one week prior to its commencement.

Registration and Fees

How do I get a scholarship to the school?
Scholarships are available through The Arts Access Fund. Based on financial need and an interest in the arts, the scholarship program offers children 3-18 years the opportunity to attend classes at the school at a reduced rate. For more information or for an application form please call (416) 961-1502, ext. 303.
What do I do if I want to transfer my child/myself from a program?
In order to transfer classes, you must complete the online transfer form or fill out a copy of the form in person. Please read our refund and cancellation policies in full.
What do I do if I want to withdraw my child/myself from a program?
In order to withdraw from a class, you must fill out the withdrawal form in person or through our website. Please read our refund and cancellation policies in full.
Do I get a refund if I miss a class?
We do not offer refunds for missed classes. It is the student's responsibility to attend classes.
Are courses taxable?
HST (13%) will be applied to all courses.
Are there any payment plans?
Payment plans must be made through the office with post-dated cheques or pre-authorized credit card payments. Some restrictions apply. For details on instalment plans please email us or call (416) 961-1502, ext 303.
How much is a class?
Our class prices are varied. The fee depends on the number of class hours, the materials needed, and several other factors. Please see the course schedule for the fee of your desired class.
How do I register?
You may register in person at the school, by fax at (416) 961-2677, by mail at 460 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 2J1, or online. Simply find the course you want to take, select the appropriate registration form, complete and submit! The Avenue Road Arts School accepts payment by Visa, Mastercard, cheque (payable to Avenue Road Arts School), Interac (debit cards) or cash. Please have exact change when paying by cash, as we do not keep cash on site.

Other

What if I have a question that hasn't been answered here?
If you've searched our site and can't find the answer to your question, don't hesitate to contact us by email or phone, (416) 961-1502.
Can I become a volunteer or complete a co-op position at the Avenue Road Arts School?
Yes, we do accept interns and co-op students based on interest and previous experience. Download an application.
How do I get a job at the Avenue Road Arts School?
To apply for a job at the Avenue Road Arts School please forward your resume to workwithus [at] avenueroadartsschool.com
Do I have to wait with my child before a class starts?
If your child is under 8 years of age, they will not be permitted to wait alone before their class begins. We do, however, offer before-class care for a minimal extra cost. View details here.
Should I register my teen for an adult or kids' program?
If your child is up to fourteen years old, they can register in a kids' program. Teens aged fifteen and up may register in adult courses.
When are the holiday dates?
Please see your confirmation letter, the course calendar, or click here for this term’s holiday closures.
Would I be able to obtain contact information for an instructor?
For privacy reasons, we cannot give out instructors' personal telephone numbers, postal information or email addresses. To contact any of the instructors, please send a message to instructors [at] avenueroadartsschool [dot] com with the name of the instructor in the subject line and we will be glad to forward your message to the appropriate person.
What kinds of qualifications do your instructors have?
All of our instructors are professional, working artists, and most have post-secondary training. Our faculty strives to provide high-quality, hands-on experiences in the arts, and they aim to foster a love of the arts. Check out our faculty page for instructor profiles.
I'm not sure which class to take - there are so many to choose from!
If you're having difficulty choosing a class, feel free to contact us via phone or through our online contact form. Whether you're brand new to the world of art, a practicing artist or somewhere in the middle, our Staff can help you choose a class that meets your needs.
Are there any requirements or prerequisites to becoming a student at the school?
For most classes, no prerequisite other than an interest in the arts is needed! For our more advanced classes there may be some prerequisites. Please contact us for more information.