Six years ago, when Pamela Wren Ritchie and Howard Levitt were considering JK for their eldest daughter Wren, they knew they wanted a school that offered the coziness of small class sizes along with an engaged community and outstanding faculty.
And that’s exactly what they found when they stepped out the back door of their home at the time. “We were living in a house that backed on to the Junior School playground and our first impression was very positive”, explains Pamela, “The children always seemed joyful and the bright-eyed teachers that surrounded them were clearly living their calling. The York School has the vibe of a very special place.”
This feeling of specialness only deepened as Wren progressed through the Junior School, eventually joined by her younger sister Sarah.
Over the years, and especially throughout the pandemic, the Ritchie Levitt family has felt fortunate to be at a school where their daughters are supported by compassionate and attentive staff and faculty. By leading through relationships and paying close attention to the needs of each student, Pamela feels that York continues to do an outstanding job of keeping the community as engaged and safe as possible.
When it comes to giving back, Pamela says she and her husband model this for their children every day: “We feel it’s important to support our community and for our daughters to see that giving to the places we believe in, like their school, is just one of the many ways we can show our gratitude.”
We wish the Ritchie Levitt family all the best in Oxford where they’re spending the 2022-2023 year!
Canada's first gender-inclusive independent IB World School The York School is a gender-inclusive 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.