To develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are engaged citizens of the world.
Our mission is distinct among independent schools because it focuses on the strengths of our graduates, rather than the features of our school.
The capacity for inquiry arises from curiosity, an inclination toward action and an ability to adapt.
To be knowledgeable is to transform diverse ideas and experiences into integrated understanding.
Caring flows from empathy, compassion and a genuine appreciation for community.
And engaged citizens feel a sense of responsibility for personal, social and global progress.
To help our students develop these qualities, we provide a learning context that challenges, supports and inspires. The result is a school community that values individuals for their unique contribution and brings out the best in everyone.
Our approach to learning puts students at the centre of the process and builds on the International Baccalaureate’s world-leading, inquiry-based and interdisciplinary model. Our exceptional teachers have extensive international experience and integrate advanced technology into the curriculum to enhance our students' skills and understanding. And we provide interactive, hands-on learning experiences that solidify our students’ knowledge of themselves and their subjects.
Across the three divisions, we focus on developing the whole person through involvement in service learning, the arts, athletics, clubs, student leadership and citizenship. Support is a key priority at all times and students benefit from our inclusive approach.
How we carry out our mission is equally important. We will be principled, balanced, open-minded and courageous.
Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
The York School is committed to achieving an equitable and inclusive school climate. It aims to support and honour the uniqueness of each individual and embrace diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view in our community where all individuals protected by the Human Rights Code feel safe, comfortable and accepted. We actively seek to understand the identities of ourselves and others and to lean into uncomfortable topics related to diversity and inclusion. By doing so, we believe that this will lead to social, emotional and academic excellence and will prepare our students and staff to continue to be contributing members of an increasingly diverse and global world.
As part of our commitment, we will continue to create and maintain a school culture that will:
- Strive for equitable representation of students and staff from both domestic and international communities
- Embrace students and staff of all genders and those who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community
- Honour and respect religious, racial and cultural diversity and their intersecting identities
- Promote accessibility, by identifying, preventing and removing barriers in our facilities, programs and services
- Provide support and accommodation for students experiencing a diverse range of social, emotional and physical health needs.
At The York School, we recognize that promoting diversity and inclusivity is an active, iterative, and ongoing process. We are committed to listening to feedback and engaging in difficult conversations. We will evaluate and reevaluate our progress on a continuous basis to ensure that our space is inclusive, equitable, and respectful for students and staff alike.
In addition to listening, learning and reflecting our plan of action includes:
- Review and update our current mission statement on diversity and inclusivity to ensure it reflects the proactive focus of our commitment to make a difference.
- Partner with local community diversity leaders to better understand the issues of those directly impacted by racism and discrimination and examine our policies, curriculum and staff diversity training over the coming months to ensure that our anti-oppression stance is reflected throughout.
Commit to hosting conversations about race and inequity with students, faculty and staff in assemblies and meetings as well as our homeroom and advisor programs, creating a safe space to share their thoughts, ideas, and feelings.
The path ahead for our school will involve all members of our community, as well as racial and diversity experts, and will incorporate a thoughtful, long-term approach that builds on where we are now to get us where we need to be. Students, staff, parents and community leaders -- together we will take the action needed to lead us in a better direction for growth and change.
To learn more about The York School culture and our approach to learning, please visit The York School Our Kids Review.
The York School's Interim Strategic Plan
Five years ago, our Board of Directors and Leadership Team presented The York School community with our 20/20 Vision: Strategic Plan for 2015-2020. The plan itself represented a collaborative effort based on an extensive consultation process that included feedback from our alumni, parents, faculty and staff.
In keeping with its name, each one of the 20/20 Vision initiatives has helped our school flourish with an enhanced clarity of vision and understanding for the school’s commitment to academic excellence and long-term sustainability, including an expanded wellness program and the extensive Phase 1 renovation of our 1320 building.
Building off Vision 20/20, our Board of Directors and Leadership Team have developed an Interim Strategic Plan for 2021-2023 which we are delighted to share with you.
The Interim Strategic Plan will provide a launching pad for our school as we continue to meet the challenges presented by the past year and turn them into opportunities for growth and development.
To read the interim strategic plan, please click below: