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The York School

Grades JK TO Gr. 12 — Toronto, ON (MAP)

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School address

  • 1320 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1X2 (MAP)
  • 1639 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 2W6 (MAP)
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Our Perspective

How we see The York School

Our Kids Feature Review

  • The York School is the definition of an urban school, one that identifies with, reflects, and makes significant instructional use of the urban context.
  • Character programs and staff development illustrate a commitment to building positive relationships as the foundation for learning.
  • Innovative programs give life and breadth to a strong core academic program.
  • The York School was created to appeal to learners who are inclined toward academic achievement.

The 50-page review of The York School is part of our series of in-depth accounts of Canada's leading private schools. It provides a unique and objective perspective on the school's academics, programs, culture, and community.

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Key insights from our research

  • The IB programme connects us with the world, but it also brings the world to us. Having graduated with the IB diploma opens up an awful lot of doors for our kids, both to the top schools in Canada, south of the border, and around the world. Our IB scores are well above the world average annually. So our kids get an awful lot of choices.
    —From Interview with York School Head of School: Struan Robertson.
  • The culture of The York School exceeded our expectations.… The biggest impact I saw on my son was from their IB Programme. My son applied to a boarding program in the U.S. for high school, and because of his marks coming out of the IB Middle Years Programme, he was guided into the honours program there.
    —From 2020 roundtable discussion about York School. (The quote comes specifically from Heather Ursu, a parent).
  • The York School obviously has its own individual elements, and then on top of that it has the IB programme. I’m very grateful for that because that has definitely helped me not only in my academic and school life going into university, but also just in my personal life, as well, and knowing how to balance relationships and such.
    —From Interview with York School alum: Abigail Nash.
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A place for children

Maria Montessori wanted kids to be kids, allowing them to learn in ways that were social and engaging. She would have loved the York School.

Profile of Struan Robertson, Head of School, The York School

One of the things Robertson says he enjoys most about his career is that it provides the opportunity to “make people feel really good about what they do, and build that culture of feeling appreciated, challenged.” Robertson lives the values of activity, resiliency, diversity, and empathy, and he tries to impart these values to students and staff through his leadership.

School's Perspective

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How The York School sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

"A gender inclusive JK - Grade 12 International Baccalaureate (IB) school in the heart of Toronto, we offer exceptional learning experiences while prioritizing wellbeing and belonging. We empower our students to embrace curiosity, challenge themselves and contribute to an inclusive community. As a forward thinking school, we integrate the richness of the IB curriculum with hands-on experiential learning and the latest advances in technology. We are an urban school with a global outlook."

  • International Baccalaureate World School (JK - Grade 12)
  • 100% university placement rate
  • Gender inclusive learning environment
  • Focus on social-emotional and experiential learning
  • Outstanding signature programs spark curiosity and engage students in real world problem solving
  • A cross-curricular, project-based approach to the IB
  • Faculty with international experience foster leadership, integrity and global mindedness
  • Integrated technology at all ages
  • A safe, supportive community where learners can thrive as their authentic selves
  • Dedicated to wellbeing and belonging

What do you do differently and uniquely well?

"We offer academically exciting programming that sparks student curiosity and engages them in real world problem solving. Our focus is to develop leadership, integrity, global mindedness and future vision. We work to empower every individual to reach their fullest potential and pursue ongoing growth. Renowned for our exceptional International Baccalaureate experience, we also boast unique, signature programs across all grade levels that engage, inspire and challenge students."

To your knowledge, why do families choose your school over others?

"97% of our parents selected The York School to enhance their child's academic abilities.
91% say they enrolled their child at The York School to help them find their passions.
92% selected The York School because of the opportunities that they will have once they graduate from The York School."

What aspect of your school is underappreciated?

"The York School is the first school in Canada accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) from Junior Kindergarten to university entrance. We have a strong working relationship with the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO), allowing us to be on the cutting edge of IB innovation. Our graduates consistently score well above the IB world average. As Canada’s first one-to-one laptop school, we embrace technology that ensures students in every grade will be future-ready."

What might families find surprising about your school?

"Since our founding in 1965, we've offered students an innovative, contemporary education. We’ve evolved to ensure our curriculum is informed by the latest research and gives students opportunities to explore solutions to current world problems. In the early days, our school uniforms were formal and traditional. Today, they’re more casual, practical and comfortable. In another nod to our modern approach to teaching and learning, our school motto Experience Teaches is no longer in Latin."

School Facilities

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Insider Perspectives

How people from the school’s community see The York School

Video reviews of The York School

Parent, Mitch Green (2023)

Watch our parent interview with Mitch Green to get the inside scoop on what it’s like to have a child attend The York School.

Roundtable Q&A (2023)

Watch our The York School Q&A discussion to gain fresh insight into the school's culture, values, and strengths.

Alum, Ryan Cho (2023)

Watch our alum interview with Ryan Cho to learn about the unique experience of attending The York School.
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Written reviews of The York School


Parent, Heather Faralla (2022)

I have three boys at The York School and started four years ago with my eldest in Grade 9. He is no...


Parent, Glenn Asano (2021)

Without hesitation, both our children (Gr. 8 and 11) cite their teachers at the school as being the ...


Alumnus, Lani Stern (2018)

The York School is a community that shaped me into the person that I am today. The list of opportuni...

School leadership

Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone

Interview with school leader

Watch our The York School leadership interview with Struan Robertson to learn about the academics, culture, and values of the school.
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Message from school leadership

Struan Robertson, 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. 


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