Barbara Goodwin-Zeibots founded The York School in 1965. Her vision and dedication expanded it from a nursery to an independent day school offering a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 curriculum. Now, we have two campuses both centrally located on one of Toronto's most dynamic streets. While The York School has grown and evolved over time, quality education and individual attention remain of paramount importance.
York began as a small Montessori-based nursery school. The Lower School opened in 1978 and the Upper School opened in 1995. After embarking on a successful “Home of our Own” capital fundraising campaign in 1987, York purchased a building in midtown Toronto at 1320 Yonge Street.
The International Baccalaureate diploma was introduced in 1998 and the first International Baccalaureate class graduated in June, 2000.
The York School became the first school in Canada and the fourth in North America to be accredited with the Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma International Baccalaureate programmes. Our commitment to the International Baccalaureate curriculum is unwavering and we see the profound benefits for our students.
September 2010 brought a monumental change to the landscape of The York School. A new Junior School building opened for JK to Grade 5 students at 1639 Yonge Street. This new building breathed new life into our Junior School, giving our students more room to learn and play in new and exciting ways. In 2011, we divided Grades 6 - 12 into a Middle School housing Grades 6 - 8, and a Senior School, housing Grades 9 - 12 at 1320 Yonge Street.
Over the years, The York School has expanded in size and continues to grow. We will continue to ensure that each and every student that comes through our doors has a well-rounded and fulfilling educational experience.