Our School

Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts is a safe and accepting Christ-centered community where all are challenged to embrace the Gospel Values. At CCAA, our students are encouraged to develop their passion for the arts within a creative, collaborative and academic environment, and to use their God-given talents to be agents of change in the world.



Throughout the 1980s the Metropolitan Separate School Board (now the Toronto Catholic District School Board) considered establishing a school for the Performing Arts. It was felt that all students with clearly identified talents in the Arts regardless of their socio-economic status, race or cultural background, should have the opportunity to develop those talents within the TCDSB system. Therefore with the commitment and interest of parents and students, the first set of auditions were held in January 1990. Five hundred applications were processed for 250 positions and Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts opened its doors to grade 7, 8 and 9 students in September 1990. The school was named after Gerald Emmett Cardinal Carter, Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Toronto from 1978 to 1990, a strong supporter of education and a distinguished patron of the arts. CCAA is a Catholic school community built upon Gospel values and the love of learning. Students, with the help of staff and parents, receive a balanced and thorough education in the Arts, and through the Arts. This unique school has unique needs and concerns, not a typical elementary or secondary school but a hybrid of both, serving students from grade 7 to 12.

The specialized Arts program allows students to concentrate in one of the four art areas. Students complete a four-year program and receive a certificate recognizing their achievement in the arts along with the regular graduation diploma.

Cardinal Carter celebrates its 30th anniversary this year; that’s 30 years of fostering creativity in young people.

Vision & Values

CCAA graduates are creative critical thinkers, thoughtful and cultured leaders, equipped with artistic and academic excellence, empowered to positively impact the future.


CCAA is rooted in traditional and contemporary creative processess; the pursuit of excellence is achieved through a balanced program of skill, creative and critical thinking, performance and practical application. 


CCAA is committed to Intellectual growth through inquiry and application of theoretical and practical knowledge with a local and global perspective. 


CCAA is rooted in the Gospel teachings of Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith tradition. Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts is committed to fostering an environment of love, justice, community and service. 


CCAA provides a holistic education which fosters spiritual, academic, emotional, artistic, physical and social growth and wellbeing. 

Timeline For 


OPEN HOUSE: September 2021 



SPRING audition 2022 for Music (Band, Vocal, Strings) and Dance only is currently accepting applications. Contact the school to set up an audition.