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The York School

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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average 18 students / class
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
School's webpage:
Yearly fees: from: C$33,750
to: C$33,750
This school has more than one campus in Toronto:
Middle and Senior School Campus: Ages 11 to 18

Address: 1320 Yonge Street Toronto, ON M4T 1X2 Canada

Junior School Campus: Ages 4 to 11

Address: 1639 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4T 2W6 Canada

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Number of students


Ratio of local students to international students

Local 70% : international 30%

Max. number of students per class

Class sizes vary from 16 to 18 (in JK and SK) to 18 to 22 (in Grade 4 and above).

Average number of students per class

The average class size is 18 students.

Native English speaking teachers


Language support for students not fluent in English

No. The York School does not offer an ESL programme. The school will accept applications to JK, SK, and Grade 1 from ELL students. Applicants to Grades 2 through 5 who have strong academic records and foundational skills in English will be considered. English language skills (reading and writing) will be assessed during the admission process.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Mandarin, Spanish

Use of technology in the classroom

The York School believes technology is an essential tool, whether in a work or a learning environment. Technology is therefore totally integrated into the curriculum, with full-time, on-site support from Technology and Learning Specialists. To facilitate seamless integration of technology, Middle and Senior School students purchase laptops that are used across the curriculum on a daily basis. The laptop becomes the student’s notebook, textbook, and communications tool. The Junior School has class sets of laptops that are introduced in Grade 2. Every classroom has a Smartboard. Grade 4 and 5 students are provided with 1:1 Google Chrome Book access. The school has several sets of iPads. The Middle and Senior School campus has a Mac-based MIDI recording studio, Mac Media Lab, and IB Film Studio.

Do teachers assign homework to their students?


Approximate hours of homework given

At The York School, homework meaningfully extends and enriches classroom learning. In the Junior School, homework is introduced as students move through the Primary Years Programme to develop their time management and organizational skills. Homework averages 5 to 8 hours weekly in Grades 6 through 8, and then 8 to 15 hours weekly in Grades 9 through 12. Teachers are available for extra help during lunch, after school, or before school begins each day.

Uniform required


Entry evaluation for students

Yes. The York School develops a profile for each applicant through interviews, a day visit, an internal assessment in the areas of reading, writing, and math, and previous school reports.

Brief description of entry evaluation required

York develops a profile for each applicant through interviews, a day visit, an internal assessment in the areas of reading, writing, and math, and previous school reports. The most common standardized test used for independent schools is the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test). While The York School does not require all candidates to write the SSAT, candidates who take the SSAT are asked to submit their results to The York School to support their application.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

No deadline.

Students can join after academic year begins

Providing that there is space in the grade, The York School accepts mid-year transfers of students who have gone through the admission process and meet all admission requirements.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

The IB Diploma prepares students to be successful anywhere! The York School graduates have been accepted to more than 145 national and international post-secondary institutions.

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

School bus service available

The school does not provide transportation services. Some families use private school transportation services. The York School is conveniently situated right on the Yonge subway line and many students take the TTC.

Dedicated staff/programs for students with special learning needs

Limited support

School start time

KG2-KG3: 9:00 am
G1-G12: 8:30

School finish time

KG2-KG3: 3:20 pm
G1-G12: 3:40 pm

Supervised care before/after school

The school offers before and after school care to students from JK to Grade 5. Before care starts at 7:30 AM and aftercare starts after classes end and continues until 6:00 PM.

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

The school offers a wide range of clubs and activities.

School provided lunches


Sports facilities at the school

Gymnasium, playground, running track, outdoor turf, fitness centre

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students


Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

The York School offers a challenging and progressive independent school experience. Located on Yonge Street in the heart of midtown Toronto. The York School integrates the vigour and richness of the International Baccalaureate curriculum with innovative technology, thinking and practice. It creates a real-world, hands-on learning environment. It immerses its JK-12 students in a co-ed, non-denominational setting that emphasizes equality, adaptability and social justice. And it creates a local school with a global focus by exploring Toronto’s cultural diversity, offering service learning trips around the world, and through an engaged, international community of families and faculty. The York School is progressive, contemporary, international, urban & unique.

Teaching approach of the school

The York School curriculum reflects its commitment to experiential learning. Its mission is to inspire students to become inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world.
With more than 45 years of experience, The York School has developed an innovative teaching culture that prepares its students to succeed at university and beyond.

The York School offers an education marked by individual attention, small class sizes and a climate of collaboration and excellence. The teachers encourage students to ask questions and to act within their community, promoting greater self-discovery along with an awareness of the world around them.
The York School is proud to be the first school in Canada to be accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme from Junior Kindergarten through grade 12.
As an IB World School, it cultivates skills which it believes are the cornerstones of academic excellence, such as creative thinking, research and time management. The progressive approach to technology includes laptops for all students, SmartBoards, online collaboration tools, the latest learning software and a wireless environment. The result? The York School's students excel and become active, compassionate and lifelong learners.

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