In keeping with our urban roots, global perspective and belief that experience teaches, we think of our campus as having four parts: the school, the city, the country and the world.
Utilizing modern architecture and contemporary design, our two buildings are located on Yonge Street near St. Clair Avenue in the heart of Toronto.
1320 Yonge Street was our first home and is now the Middle and Senior School for students in Grades 6 through 12. This renovated historical building offers several floors of learning and social areas and includes science labs, technology spaces, a large main floor library and a gymnasium. This building is currently undergoing an exciting renovation that will be complete in September 2017. For more details on this building project, please visit yorkschool.com/fastforward.
The new Junior School at 1639 Yonge Street was purpose-built with abundant natural light, flexible classroom spaces, specialized learning areas for inquiry and the arts, gathering places for students to meet and interact, a gymnasium, a custom-designed outdoor playground and a dining hall that overlooks the play space.
Toronto is one of the world’s most multicultural and diverse cities, and its varied resources are easily accessible from our front door. The city itself is our extended classroom.
Our curriculum immerses students in the city’s cultural, ecological, artistic and service opportunities, and our co-curricular activities make use of the ravines and green spaces around us – especially at the Brickworks
in the heart of Toronto’s ravine system. Core initiatives such as our Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) learning and our Middle School Challenge Week send students out into the community to develop significant understanding and experience beyond the classroom.
Through our outdoor education program and Senior School Challenge Week, students travel across Canada for experiential learning modules that range from hiking, canoeing and kayaking to immersion in the culture and history of Quebec.
These programs are part of the residency requirement for the Duke of Edinburgh program. They are also used for grade nine students to complete our Integrated Canadian Experience (ICE) initiative. ICE is an innovative and experiential program that combines the study of Canadian history, geography, civics and literature with experiences in the city and across the nation.
Through the ICE program, students uncover the story of Canada and its inhabitants by combining field research with classroom learning, using observational, inquiry and communication skills with equal ease to access first-hand evidence to support their developing ideas about Canada. ICE offerings take place in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario (including our off-site programmes at Camp Oochigeas’ site in Muskoka), Quebec and the Maritimes.
Senior students turn their attention to international affairs and travel around the globe to explore, live and learn. Our Grade 9 and 10 students can participate in an international student exchange program; all senior students can attend co-curricular activities in art, music, Model UN, debating and modern languages in locations such as China, New York, Washington and Nashville; and there are several service excursions each year for senior students, most notably to India, Tanzania and Martinique.
Of particular note is the long-term relationship between The York School and the Global Pathways School in Tamil Nadu, India, which creates a unique opportunity for students to engage in international service learning. Global Pathways School (GPS) was started by The York School founder Barbara Goodwin-Zeibots and former head of Lower School Barbara Galbraith. GPS provides food, English-based instruction and co-curricular activities to children who would not otherwise have access to education.
Students from The York School travel to India to work at GPS in fulfilment of their IB Service Learning requirement. York student leaders also engage in fundraising activities for GPS throughout the year. GPS service experience has a significant impact on our students’ capacity to understand and appreciate some of the most pressing global issues of our day.
I never anticipated the strength of connection that I would feel with the students, children and staff I worked with... I am forever changed by this experience. - Talia Klein ‘13
It’s been absolutely invaluable to see life that differs so greatly from my own, and yet, I’m cognizant of the divide that exists between India and the travellers from York. It’s cool to think that as we continue to connect with and assist students at GPS, that gap will continue to shrink. - Benjamin Feldman ‘15