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York School
The York School
1320 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1X2
Contact name:
Praveen Muruganandan

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York School

The York School

1320 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1X2
1639 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2W6

Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
JK to 12 (Coed)
$22,500 to 30,500/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
18 to 20
Day: 675 (Gr. JK - 12)

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Praveen Muruganandan

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1320 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1X2
1639 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2W6



About this school:


The York School offers a challenging and progressive independent school experience. Located on Yonge Street in the heart of midtown Toronto, our two campuses feature inspiring, flexible learning spaces and close proximity to the landmarks and institutions of this world-leading city. Our inquiring, knowledgeable and caring students are engaged citizens of the world well before they graduate. We integrate the vigour and richness of the International Baccalaureate curriculum with innovative technology, thinking and practice. We create a real-world, hands-on learning environment. We immerse our JK-12 students in a balanced co-educational setting that emphasizes equality, adaptability and social justice. We are an urban school with a global focus, exploring Toronto’s cultural diversity, offering service learning trips around the world, and through an engaged, international community of families and faculty. We are progressive, contemporary, international, urban & unique.

The Our Kids review of The York School

our takeThe York School was founded in 1965 as a pre-school and it has continued to grow since then, all the while reflecting the changing cultural and academic ideals of the age. The 60s saw a rise in hands-on, inquiry-based preschool instruction, as well as a greater attention to the realities of life and community than Dick and Jane could provide. For York, that approach to pre-school instruction was a starting point. With the creation of the lower school in 1978 and the upper school in 1998, York provided an ongoing education based on the initial analogue. Like the surrounding city, the school prizes diversity and an international perspective, something that arises naturally from a diverse student population. York is housed in adapted office buildings in the heart of the city, providing a focal point for the urban, integrated culture of the school. The ideal student is one who can make the most of a challenging, diverse, and vibrant learning environment.

Principal's Message


Conor Jones, Head of School

The York School is an International Baccalaureate, coeducational, non-denominational school located in midtown Toronto. The International Baccalaureate curriculum, in simple terms, helps guide students in the junior grades to ask lots of questions, in the middle grades to question their understanding of the world, and in the senior grades to challenge themselves to be the very best version of themselves as they look towards the opportunities available at The York School and beyond.

We work hard to ensure all of our students embody our mission statement which is to “develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world.”

Please read more about our fantastic programming and opportunities on our website. I encourage you to make an appointment with our Admissions team to come in and experience The York School's inclusive, international and exceptional community. 


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What The York School says: Our curriculum meets both the Ontario Ministry of Education and International Baccalaureate Programme requirements.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading
    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies
    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages
    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Spanish

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)
    • English Literature SL
    • English Literature HL

    Group 2 (Language B)
    • French SL
    • French HL
    • Spanish ab initio SL
    • Mandarin ab initio SL

    Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
    • Economics SL
    • Economics HL
    • Geography SL
    • Geography HL
    • History SL
    • History HL

    Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)
    • Chemistry SL
    • Chemistry HL
    • Biology SL
    • Biology HL
    • Physics SL
    • Physics HL
    • Environmental Systems SL

    Group 5 (Mathematics)
    • Mathematical Studies SL
    • Mathematics SL
    • Mathematics HL

    Group 6 (The Arts)
    • Music SL
    • Music HL
    • Theatre SL
    • Theatre HL
    • Visual Arts SL
    • Visual Arts HL
    • Film SL
    • Film HL

    Sex and Health Education Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity JK

    What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What The York School says: The York School offers small class sizes for JK and SK, in a dedicated learning environment promoting experiential learning and collaboration.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What The York School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What The York School says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Moderate


    The York School provides special accomodations for certain learning disabilities (moderate to severe). They do not provide specialized support for developmental disabilities, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    The York School does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 3/day 2/day 2/day 2/day
    Location Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Outside Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
    Amount 30 30 15 15 15 25 25 30 30 30
    Lunch recessAmount 120 120 60 60 60 65 65 40 40 40

    What The York School says: For Junior School students, recess is a critical part of learning. Children love to play, and unstructured outdoor play lends itself to the development of character and life skills – cooperation, problem solving, building friendships, and conflict resolution – while they develop physical competencies. Children also have the opportunity to learn and invent games together.\n\nProper nutrition breaks timed well with recess ensure that students eat regularly to fuel their active minds and bodies.\n\nAt students enter Middle School, students have a decreased need for frequent recess breaks and an increased need to have make choices such re-fuelling, expending energy in the gym or on the outdoor turf, taking a social or mental wellness break, and/or partaking in co-curricular activities such as art studio, improv, film society, DJ club, etc.\n

    Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

    What The York School says: At the Junior School level, smaller groups of children have greater likelihood of age-appropriate interaction and close supervision with staggered recess times.


    What The York School says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Radio club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What The York School says: We know that one of the biggest questions parents considering independent schools wonder about is the cost. The York School offers competitive pricing for JK and SK – tuition includes meals, snacks and a uniform voucher. From Grade 1, tuition is set at $30,500. Incidentals such as trips, meals, laptops and incidentals are covered through a student account sent monthly to parents.

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered:
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    December 01, 2017

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications
    The York School does award some bursaries based on need to qualified candidates. There is a process to apply for financial aid which starts with the submission of an application to Apple Financial Services, a third party organization that provides an unbiased evaluation of an applicant’s financial resources and ability to fund their private education. Applications to Apple Financial must be submitted at the same time as The York School application.

    Merit based Scholarships

    The York School
    Amount: $0
    Deadline: 12/05/2017
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6 to 11—

    At The York School, scholarships recognize academic excellence and also account for community engagement, leadership, creativity and other character-based qualities. The York School offers entrance scholarships for candidates applying to Grades 6 through 11. Scholarships can vary from $5000 to $20,000, with preference given to candidates who demonstrate the following criteria:

    • Demonstrated ability to thrive in an academically rich and challenging environment
    • Desire to be a part of and contribute to The York School's dynamic community
    • Evidence that the applicant will add value to The York School community and his/her aspirations and expectations align with The York School’s mission
    Application Details:

    Application Process:

    To be considered for an entrance scholarship, applicants are required to submit the following:

    • Online York School application (by the Common Offer Deadline)
    • Supporting documents with application
    • A short video (2 minutes) creatively addressing the following questions:
    1. How will you (the applicant) contribute to The York School community?
    2. How will attending The York School help you (the applicant) take on the world?

    * Please use the following video filename convention: applicant’s first and last name - grade you are applying to (e.g. Jane Doe - Grade 9)

    For more details, visit: yorkschool.com


    Total enrollment 675
    Average enrollment per grade45
    Gender (grades)JK to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview6 - 11
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance EssayJK - 11
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What The York School says:

    Prospective families visit the school before applying. Applications are accepted online starting in October. Supporting documentation (e.g. report cards) are required. Applicants spend a day at the school with their current grade and they are assessed and interviewed. The York School accepts applications year-round; however, the majority of our Grade 6 - 12 applications are submitted by early December. There is also an admission process for international families who cannot visit the school in-person. 

    For a quick look at The York School visit prospectus.yorkschool.com.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student The York School is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK123456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size66
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements33
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Notable Alumni


    Alumni Highlights

    • The York School was founded in 1965 but did not have its first graduating class until 2000. We have 525 alumni, which is approximately the same as our enrolment!


    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations
    • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations

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