Student Citizenship & Leadership

Student Citizenship

Demonstrating our total commitment to experiential learning, we aim to bring the IB programme to life by developing complementary learning opportunities that extend outside the classroom and encourage our students to be active community members at school and beyond.

Through citizenship activities and opportunities, students from JK - Grade 5 build on their growing independence, discover their passions, strengthen social and leadership skills, and learn about the world around them. Our weekly assemblies often recognize student-initiated actions and involvement in student life which further inspires our students to make a difference and stand up for change whenever they can. 

Student Leadership

Leadership skills are woven into all aspects of student life from JK to Grade 12.

York School students have many opportunities to assume leadership roles and to have an active voice in student affairs. Students learn responsibility, decision-making, cooperation and self-awareness through various leadership roles such as Student Council, Morning Announcements, Hall & Cubby monitors and Captains within our House System, which runs throughout the Junior, Middle and Senior School.

House System

The York School has four Houses, each named after important figures in Canadian history.

The House system provides an excellent opportunity for students of all ages and grades to be together and encourage the development of leadership skills. This system was developed in 1982 and has provided a structure for school spirit and fun competition ever since.

House competitions are held from time to time, and students can win points for their Houses through a variety of activities within the school setting. 

The York School's four Houses are:
Champlain
Samuel de Champlain
Explorer, cartographer and Governor of New France
Johnson
Pauline Johnson
Métis poet best known for her poetry celebrating her native heritage
McClung
Nellie McClung
A suffragette, reformer, legislator and author
Simcoe
John Graves Simcoe
First lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada, founder of the Town of York


 

About the York School

Canada's first co-educational independent IB World School
The York School is a co-educational JK to Grade 12 independent school located in the heart of Toronto. The York School was founded in 1965 and is the first school in Canada accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) from junior kindergarten (JK) to university entrance. As an IB World School, The York School's motto is Experientia Docet or Experience Teaches.

Contact Us

Junior School (Grades JK-5) 1639 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4T 2W6

Middle School (Grades 6-8) & Senior School (Grades 9-12) 1320 Yonge Street Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X2
Tel: 416.926.1325

Mailing address: 1320 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario M4T 1X2
Attendance:
Junior School: 1639attendance@yorkschool.com
Middle & Senior School:
1320attendance@yorkschool.com

Admission:
For admission inquiries please contact:
admission@yorkschool.com

General Questions:
For general questions please contact:
reception@yorkschool.com