Student Citizenship & Leadership

At The York School, students are encouraged to attend to the common good and play an active role in the life of the school, their local community and beyond. Student Citizenship allows students to find their voices, participate in decision-making, and to embrace their leadership potential.

Through meaningful community service, we strive to develop an increased sense of social responsibility, a global view of society and a passion for helping others. We want to instill in our students a sense of gratitude for what they have as they take action to make a difference in the lives of others.

Creativity, Action and Service (CAS)

Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) pursuits are key components of the IB Middle Years Programme and extend learning beyond the classroom. They offer students an opportunity to support the school’s mission of developing engaged citizens of the world.

Middle School 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 the various leadership roles available throughout the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools.

The Middle School Student Council provides an opportunity for leadership for those interested in collaborating with their peers and the faculty to create a dynamic, engaging and inclusive school community. The student government strives to enrich the student experience at The York School by organizing fun community building events and service initiatives.

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 throughout the year, and students can win points for their Houses through a variety of activities. 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