The York School

An Independent School in the Heart of Toronto

Right in the heart of the city, on Yonge St. near St. Clair Ave., sits The York School, a coed, independent school for students of Kindergarten to Grade 12.  

Praveen Muruganandan, Director of Admission and Advancement at The York School, said that what makes the school special “is our ability to be viewed as being a progressive school.”

The central locations of the junior and middle/senior campuses at 1639 and 1320 Yonge St., respectively, make it easy for students to get to, and, Muruganandan said, being so close to Yonge St. and St. Clair Ave., and the proximity to the subway, ensures that “the city does become our playground.”

“If you spend a day in our classrooms, you’ll quickly realise that The York School defines what education and modern schools need to be.” 

The York School is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, where Muruganandan said students are “given a unique education,” and are specially recognised as IB graduates when applying to universities. The program, founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 1968, addresses students’ intellectual, emotional, and social well-being, while teaching them to be socially responsible.

If you spend a day in our classrooms, you’ll quickly realise that The York School defines what education and modern schools need to be

Those who go through the IB Program are groomed to be independent thinkers, be more culturally aware, in part by learning a second language, and are given “the skills to engage with others in a global world.”

The York School’s curriculum includes cultural integration, and learning how to think independently

IB students can “participate in service trips” to such destinations as Tanzania, however, many opt out of the travel option, choosing instead to “participate in community building events to raise awareness for local issues close to their heart[s].”

The York School prides itself on its culture, which Muruganandan said “is one where our community cares!” Diversity is encouraged, with students represented from 35 different countries. 

Preparing for life: representation, from a diverse range of cultures and continents

Teachers encourage students’ “questioning and trying to find solutions to real world issues,” while teaching them to be tolerant of others, regardless of their religious backgrounds or sexual orientation.

Faculty members make every effort to “ensure that students have a supportive learning environment.” A social worker is on hand, as well as a citizen team “to ensure that students are supported throughout their time at York.”

Teachers encourage students’ “questioning and trying to find solutions to real world issues,” while teaching them to be tolerant of others, regardless of their religious backgrounds or sexual orientation

Students of The York School are groomed for post-secondary school, from as early as Grade 6. Once they get to grades 11 and 12, they are connected with a member of the school’s university counselling team, which spends the next six to 12 months helping them with university applications and teaching them how to prepare for school interviews.

Thinking to the future is part of The York School’s goals

Besides the importance it places on academics, over the past few years, the school has also begun to put more emphasis on athletics and wellness, realising that “student wellness is also a key piece in ensuring that our children are successful and happy.” Student athletes have access to dedicated coaches, many of them professional, which Muruganandan stressed is very rare at a school.

…Student wellness is also a key piece in ensuring that our children are successful and happy

Parents should consider The York School if they have children “who are curious, want to learn,” and most importantly, “can be a good friend,” said Muruganandan. Don’t wait too long to decide, though, as the admission process begins nearly one year in advance.

For a top-notch education in a caring environment, try The York School in the heart of the city. 

To find out more about The York School, go to: www.yorkschool.com

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