50 Years of Co-Education

The story of The York School is one of vision, perseverance and the power of community. The school’s growth over the last 50+ years is a tribute to the dedication of the faculty, administration and the many families who have brought the vision to life.

Since its Montessori-based origins as a nursery school, The York School has valued inquiry-based learning and positioned students as active participants in their own development. This commitment endures to this day.

Founded in 1965 by Barbara Goodwin-Zeibots, the school was established to meet a need for high-quality preschool education within a caring community. In 1978, The Lower School was founded and grew rapidly with the first Grade 8 class graduating in 1985.
In 1995, The Upper School opened, and in 1998 The York School was authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma School. The “Home of Our Own” campaign secured a new site for The York School at 1320 Yonge Street, establishing itself as a leading independent school with a distinctly urban feel.
In 2003-2004, The York School was accredited to offer the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP, including EYP) and in 2005-2006, the school was accredited to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP), thus becoming the first school in Canada accredited to offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum from kindergarten to university entrance and earn the title of an IB World School.

Driven by our commitment to progress and innovation and a desire to provide the best possible facilities, the community rallied together in 2010 to build the new Junior School campus at 1639 Yonge Street. Housing JK to Grade 5, this contemporary, flexible learning space reflects our adaptable and collaborative approach to learning.

In 2016 – our 50th anniversary year – The York School began the "Fast Forward Capital Campaign" to support the renovation of the Middle and Senior School at 1320 Yonge Street. This project will be complete in the fall of 2017. Read more about Fast Forward here.

The York School is one of Canada’s foremost independent schools. Our community continues to dream of a better tomorrow and actively pursues new and exciting opportunities for growth and expansion that will support and inspire our students to take on the world.