Student Leadership & Citizenship

Student Citizenship

Through recognizing student-initiated actions and involvement in student life, we believe our school can inspire children to make a difference in the world.

Demonstrating our total commitment to experiential learning, we aim to bring the IB programme to life by developing complementary learning opportunities both in and beyond the classroom and encouraging our students to be active school community members.

Through student citizenship activities and opportunities, students from JK - Grade 5build on their growing independence, discover their passions, build social and leadership skills, and learn about the world around them.

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 or 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 — two women and two men — to reflect the co-ed nature of the school.  

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

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. At the end of each year, a House Shield is awarded to the House with the highest point total.

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