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Upper York School
Upper York School
2832 16th Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L3R0K8
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Upper York School

2832 16th Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L3R0K8

Curriculum:
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
9 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$22,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
2 to 10
Enrolment:
Day: 9 (Gr. 9 - 12)
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Heather Rees

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2832 16th Avenue, Markham, Ontario, L3R0K8

About this school:

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Upper York School offers small classes with a low student to teacher ratio (10:1) and individual attention to students. Experienced teachers deliver curriculum in a modern, fully-equipped facility and focus on the refinement of academic and learning skills, and on the preparation of students for post-secondary success. Academic excellence is essential in our creative and engaging learning environment. ESL and tutoring programs are available to support students who are new to Canada and aim to attend larger private schools.


The Our Kids review of Upper York School

our take

Upper York was founded to provide a dedicated to preparing students for success at university, with specific attention to those newly arrived to Canada. There is a full component of social and academic supports, including ESL and on site tutoring. Small class sizes are a draw, as are a close-knit, student centered environment.



Principal's Message

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Heather Rees, Principal

It is with great excitement and pride that we open the doors at Upper York School for our first full school year.  The past months have been full of preparations by teachers and staff and we now ready and looking forward to welcoming full-time students.

Upper York School offers small classes with a low student to teacher ratio and individual attention to students.  Experienced teachers deliver curriculum in a modern facility and focus on the refinement of academic and learning skills, and on the preparation of students for post-secondary success.  Academic excellence and personal development are essential components delivered in our creative and engaging learning environment.  ESL and tutoring programs are available to support students who are new to Canada and aim to attend larger private schools.

If this sounds like it may be what your child needs to take their learning to the next level, I invite you to come visit us or to call me personally at 905-604-8224.

Sincerely,
Heather Rees


Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts


What Upper York School says: Our accredited programs offer small class sizes which provides our students a better opportunity to excel academically. We are committed to building positive student-teacher relationships. The low student-teacher ratio allows teachers to provide more frequent individualized student feedback. Upper York School teachers ensure every student understands the course overall expectations and receives the appropriate support and guidance to realize their full potential. With the individual attention that the students receive, they will be prepared for the challenges ahead. We offer a range of courses and the list continues to expand as our student population grows.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


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

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: We use an online math resource called Math Help Services for grades 9, 10 and 11 math. Grades 12 courses use either Nelson or McGrawHill texts.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Science Expository

      Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

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

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


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


    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


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


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

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What Upper 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 Upper York School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

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


    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
    Nutrition Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10 Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 12 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 9 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 11 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity

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

    Approach:
    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.

    Traditional

    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.

    Progressive

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


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



    Curriculum Pace Student-paced

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

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


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

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


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Emotional

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Emotional
    Emotionally intelligent and confident individuals, capable of leading both themselves and others.

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


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    Upper York School can provide support for mild disablities. Upper York School does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, 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
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Upper 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.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Upper York School students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    9101112
    Upper York School 60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins
    Site Average71 mins82 mins97 mins110 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades9 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback9 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting9 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting9 to 12

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade 9 10 11 12
    Size 5 5 5 5


    Extracurriculars

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    What Upper York School says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Badminton
    • Clubs offered: None


    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    9101112
    Day$22,000
    What Upper York School says: Tuition fees vary depending on the number of courses the student registers for. 8 Courses : $22,000 (full-time student) 7 Courses: $19,250 (applies only to grade 11 or 12 students) 6 Courses: $16,500 (applies only to grade 12 students) Other Fees There is a $2,500 One-time New Student Registration Fee International students may purchse Medical Insurance for one year for $759.20

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 9
    Average enrollment per grade2
    Average class size2 to 10
    Grades (gender)9 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    9101112
    Day Enrollment3123

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling


    What Upper York School says:

    The admissions process is where our relationship begins.  Your child’s education is so important to us that our principal meets with each family that submits an application to Upper York School. 

    After your initial inquiry and tour, the next step is applying to our school.  An application allows us to collect information about each student both as a learner and individual.  The principal meets individually with the student and also the parents.  Students are invited to spend a day at the school as we determine if Upper York School is the right fit for you.  We are always happy to answer your questions.

    To apply for admissions at Upper York School please complete the steps below. 

    1. Complete the online inquiry form.
    2. Arrange a tour at Upper York School by booking online or calling the school at 905-604-4622.
    3. Complete the online application by including the $250 non-refundable application fee.
    4. Send in a student photo (passport size) and most recent report card as well as a copy of the final report cards from the two previous years to [email protected] or mail to 2832 16th Avenue, Markham, Ontario L3R 0K8.
    5. Please contact Upper York School 905-604-4622 to schedule an interview with the Principal.  Every effort should be made to arrange a personal interview. A Skype telephone interview may be arranged when distance creates a great inconvenience. 


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    90%

    Type of student Upper York School is looking for: Students requiring a small class size with a low student to teacher ratio benefit from our learning environment. ESL and tutoring programs are available to support students who are new to Canada and aim to attend larger private schools.



    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    10 (90%)10 (90%)10 (90%)10 (90%)

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size5
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **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)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): N/A

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Parent Testimonials

    Parent of a Grade 9 Student:

    "In the process of learning and personal development, each student is a distinctive individual. At Upper York School, this distinctiveness is recognized, respected and responded with personalized education.  Each student is provided with the opportunity to improve their learning performance and to foster their own personality. Parents can feel that the school is taking the responsibility to lead their children to a better future. We are glad that our daughter is studying at Upper York School."

    Parent of a Grade 10 Student:

    "I am really surprised and happy with the significant progress my child has made since joining Upper York School.  He participates actively in all aspects of school life and I can see he is developing learning skills that will prepare him for future study and life ahead.  At Upper York School, the teachers are professional and responsible; students are friendly and helpful; and the learning equipment is welcoming."

     

     

    ...



    Teacher Comments

    Ms. Bahadur: “At Upper York School we all work towards a common goal: helping our students to be successful.”

    Ms. Hernandez: “Upper York school encourages and promotes an environment of learning for both it’s students and teachers.”

    ...



    Student Testimonials

    Grade 10 Student: “We have excellent teachers with a lot of experience.  I feel good about the education I am getting at Upper York School.”

    Grade 12 Student: "There are so many reasons that I enjoy studying at Upper York School:
    1. The teachers are all nice to their students and take care of us as if we were their own children.
    2. The teachers guide us in solving problems and treat us with respect by listening to our ideas.
    3. There is open communication with our principal and students are encouraged to share their ideas and advice.
    4. Lastly, I like that the school is small and we have small class sizes.  This means teachers can give a lot of individual attention to their students, for example, checking homework and paying attention to what each student needs help with."  

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