Junior School Academics

The York School curriculum reflects our commitment to experiential learning. We focus on the whole child, nurturing their individual talents and critical thinking skills. Our students learn to become compassionate, positive influences in the world.

As an IB World School, our students learn through inquiry-based instruction in all subject areas including mathematics, visual arts, drama, music, physical education, French, science and social studies.

At The York School, students are encouraged to:
  • Explore, wonder and question
  • Experiment and play with possibilities
  • Research and seek information
  • Develop and test theories
  • Elaborate on solutions to problems
With our small class sizes, children get the individual attention and support they need to thrive emotionally, physically and intellectually.

IB Primary Years Programme

The York SchoolWe offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5.

The aim of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) is to provide a well-rounded education where students learn to the best of their ability, enjoy the process and are well prepared for the next stage of their education. The PYP focuses on guided inquiry as an ideal approach to learning. Learning becomes engaging, relevant, challenging and significant when students get to ask questions and become involved in their own education.

The PYP is structured around six transdisciplinary themes which allow students to explore who they are and their place in the world.

In the final year of the PYP (Grade 5), students participate in a culminating project, the PYP Exhibition. The Exhibition celebrates each student's achievement, acknowledging their transition from the primary to middle years.

Curriculum

Many resources have been used to develop The York School’s curriculum, including the Ontario Ministry of Education Elementary Curriculum, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme’s Scope and Sequence documents and up-to-date pedagogical research.

Our teachers employ a variety of teaching strategies which enable our students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding that build from year to year.

The focus is on developing strong skills, knowledge and understanding in literacy, numeracy, critical thinking, research, problem-solving, communication and the arts. Our students are encouraged to become independent learners who are aware of their own strengths and talents.

To learn more, please review our Curriculum Guide below.

Junior School Curriculum Guide 2017/2018