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Welcome from the Senior School Principal


Take on the World!

At the Senior School, you will find a community of engaged learners who embrace new challenges, dig deep, and emerge as confident citizens of the world.

I invite you to read through this Welcome Package, where you will learn that each classroom of our school is a mere starting point for the exploration of a rich and relevant curriculum, a place where students will use their head and their heart in equal measure.

There are many benefits of being part of a small school community. From the student mentorship programme and dedicated counsellors, to our inclusive co-curricular activities and community events, The York School provides a supportive environment in which your child is going to thrive.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Have a wonderful summer and we will see you soon!

David Hamilton
Senior School Principal
416-926-1325 x 5272

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Senior School New Student Checklist

Save the Date!

  • New Student Orientation Day: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

  • New (Grades 8-12) Student Laptop Orientation: Tuesday, September 3, 2019

  • First Day of School: Wednesday, September 4, 2019

By early June, 2019

  • Read the Welcome Package

  • Update and complete student medical forms on YorkNet (video explaining how to fill in the form can be found here)

By middle of June, 2019

  • Sign-in to YorkNet and explore the dashboard

  • Book uniform fitting on June 10, 11 or 12, 2019 from 3:00pm - 7:00pm (highly recommended)

  • Order Uniform items

  • Order or purchase student laptop by Tuesday, July 2, 2019 (See website for ordering details)

  • Bring in laptop to 1320 Yonge to be prepared by IT staff no later than Thursday, July 18, 2019 (Grades 7-12)

  • Order textbooks by Wednesday, July 31, 2019 (Grades 6-12)

By end of August, 2019

  • Complete all YorkNet forms online

  • Check and update your family information on YorkNet

September 3, 2019

  • New Student Orientation Day

    • Find your classroom

    • Meet the Welcome Team

    • Laptop Orientation

    • Tour the school

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September 4, 2019

  • First day of school

    • Dress in Summer Uniform

In September, 2019

  • Register for clubs at school via YorkNet

  • Register for Gladiators Athletic Development Programme (GADP) via YorkNet

  • Register for Athletics via YorkNet

  • Attend Curriculum Night for school and grade-specific information

Key Dates

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - New Student Orientation Day

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - First Day of School

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 - Terry Fox Run

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - Middle & Senior School Curriculum Night

Friday, September 27, 2019 - Third 2019-2020 Tuition Payment Due

Friday, October 11, 2019 - No classes

Monday, October 14, 2019 - Thanksgiving Day (no classes)

Friday, November 8, 2019 - Monday, November 11, 2019 - Midterm Break

Friday, November 24, 2019 - PD Day (No classes)

Friday, December 18, 2019 - Harmony Concert


Monday, December 23, 2019 - Friday, January 3, 2020 - Winter Break

January 24, 2019 - PD Day (No classes)

Friday, February 14 - Monday, February 17, 2020 - Winter Mid-term Break

Monday, March 9 - Friday, March 20, 2020 - March Break

Friday, April 10, 2020 - Good Friday (No classes)

Monday, April 13, 2020 - Easter Monday (No classes)

Friday, May 15, 2020 - Founder’s Day

Monday, May 18, 2020 - Victoria Day

Friday, June 5, 2020 - The York School Parents Association (YPA) Annual General Meeting

Friday, June 12, 2020 - Last Day of School

Technology & Textbooks

Learning Anywhere, Anytime - Blackboard
Student learning in the Senior School is supported by the Blackboard Learning Management System. This online learning portal provides each student with personalized access to unit materials, weekly assignments, research tools and daily course announcements. Blackboard is updated daily by all faculty and is the first place to check should a student want to catch up following an absence or look ahead.

Blackboard can be accessed directly via yorkschool.blackboard.com or in YorkNet. At the beginning of each academic year parents are given “observer” role accounts so that they can also view course materials, homework and assignment due dates. Sign-in information for Blackboard is sent to parents in the summer but as a general rule the username is: firstname+lastname (“johnsmith”) and the password is: the first 5 digits of your school accounting number. For further questions about Blackboard or to get help, please contact the I.T. Help Desk Desk at 416-926-1325 ext. 1204 or Neil Moir nmoir@yorkschool.com

Learning with Laptops - Senior School Laptop Programme
For the past 17 years, The York School has stood as a leader in innovative technology integration across the curriculum. Our teachers are continuously searching for ways to enrich their subject areas with engaging tools and learning experiences. To that end, The York School invests heavily in teacher professional development and classroom support staff. Led by the Department of Learning, Innovation and Technology, The York School ensures that its faculty and students have the best tools to help them realize their academic potential. Students entering Grades 9-12 will officially enter our student owned laptop programme. Families are given the choice to either purchase a MAC laptop (with minimum specification) or the school selected Lenovo PC. Those choosing the PC option can easily order their laptop through our school reseller using the link on our Senior School Technology Page https://www.yorkschool.com/page/senior-school/technology/senior-school-laptop-programme

Those choosing a MAC may purchase it on their own or through our reseller as well. All laptops must be ordered or brought to our IT Department by Thursday, July 18, 2019 to give us enough time to get them ready for the fall start. All new Senior School students are asked to attend the New Student Orientation event on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 where they will be guided through a software and systems log-in process and orientation.

All Senior School laptops are prepared with the York School software toolkit to be used throughout the academic year. Should students experience computer problems, we facilitates all hardware repairs 12 months of the year and provides daily on-demand software support via our in house IT support desk. For more information on our laptop programme and or to place an order please visit our website.

For Grades 6 through 12, textbooks are purchased online through the Canadian School Book Exchange. You can place your textbook order online by logging into YorkNet and clicking on the “Order Textbooks” icon. Follow the information appropriate to your child’s grade and textbook requirements. Used textbooks are also available through the website on a first-come, first served basis. The online ordering process will be available in late June. Orders must be placed by Monday, July 29, 2019, to ensure delivery for the start of classes in September. For information regarding textbook orders or payment for used books, please contact Eric Iannacchino at eiannacchino@yorkschool.com or:

The Canadian School Book Exchange


Uniform Guide

We feel a great sense of pride and privilege in being part of The York School community. We express that pride in the respectful way we talk about our school and its community members, and by our embracing the values and traditions of the school. One of those traditions is our uniform. The uniform acts as a symbol of our school, and by proudly wearing it, students express to one another their commitment to the school and its values. We encourage students to recognize the importance of making an outward show of their allegiance to our school, and in doing so, to wear their uniform well.

For a complete list of uniform items and requirements, please read the Uniform Guide.

All uniform items must be purchased online through TopMarks:
1. Visit https://topmarksorders.ca/
2. Go to “Online Orders”
3. Enter school code: YOR01
4. Create your account
5. Take your own measurements or book a fitting appointment June 10, 11 or 12, 2019.

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University Counselling

Academic & University Counselling
All students are supported with individualised academic course selection providing a comprehensive, individualized university counselling and placement plan.

Course Selection
Participation in the final two years of the Middle Years Programme and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme requires that students include in their courses: a second language, mathematics, an experimental science, a social science, an arts course and English. This ensures that each student will meet Ontario requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Diploma and have the appropriate configuration of Grade 12 credits for university entrance. Grade 9 students have one elective option and Grade 10 students have three elective options. Please connect with David Hanna, Director of University Counselling, as soon as possible to discuss course selections.

Naviance Family Connection
Naviance is a web-based application used to guide and monitor a student’s Senior School academic planning. Naviance is also used to help each student prepare for post-secondary education and beyond. It includes an ACT test preparation tool, scholarship search tools, post-secondary research tools, resume building information and career tools. It is available to our Grade 6 to12 students and is accessible through a link on YorkNet’s parent and student portal. During the school year, parents can sign in at any time to view the information. When a new student’s account is set up, an email will be sent to the student and the parent from our University Counselling department. Instructions will follow with initial setup details For more information about Naviance Family Connection, or to book an appointment with Mr. Hanna, please contact:

Vicky Diano
University Counselling Administrative Assistant
416-926-1325 x 1117


Student Wellness

Student support at The York School helps students develop skills and strategies to nurture and maintain their well-being.

Advisor Programme
Every Senior School student has an advisor who will follow them throughout their Senior School years. They will meet weekly in small advisor groups, their advisor will track their academic progress and will be available as a consistent support person throughout their Senior School years. Your child’s advisor will be in touch prior to the beginning of the school year. Please use your child’s advisor, throughout the year, as a first line contact if you have information to share or questions to ask.

Learning Strategies Support
Learning support for all students begins in our inclusive classrooms where teachers differentiate instruction to meet the needs of a variety of learning styles. Our Senior School Learning Strategists, Jessica Smart and Katie Maziarski, support and advocate for exceptional and struggling students to help them access the curriculum and implement appropriate accommodations. Student Learning Plans (SLPs) are written for exceptional students with supporting documentation, so that teachers know how to appropriately support their identified learning needs. These plans include the exceptional identification, the student’s learning strengths, needs and the accommodations that are necessary to support the student’s learning. SLPs are reviewed and updated annually. The Learning Strategists are enlisted for support directly by families, and recommended by the teaching faculty and/or the school administration.


Challenge Week & Field Trips

Every year during the first week of May, The York School runs a unique experiential programme called Challenge Week. Students from Grades 6-10 take part in week-long curriculum-driven excursions throughout Canada and North America. Challenge Week embodies our commitment to strengthen the mind, body and spirit through experiences which extend and enrich student learning. Challenge Week is one of the most important platforms in which the IB Learner Profile is developed through experience in Grades 9 and 10. The attributes of risk-taking, reflection, communication, and being balanced are all enhanced and reinforced through Challenge Week experiences. Curriculum-driven, subject-specific day and overnight field trips take place at different points throughout the school year. These field trips are mandatory. Associated fees are not included in tuition and will be charged to the student’s account. For more information about school trips, contact:

Andrea Lossing
Trip Coordinator
416-926-1325 x 1221


 Grade 9 Integrated Canadian Experience

The Integrated Canadian Experience (ICE) integrates English, Canadian history, Canadian geography, and civics to highlight their interdependence and to create an uninterrupted academic program, where Grade 9 students can learn through direct experiences outside the classroom and apply this learning to intensive, full-process assignments in the classroom. Click here to learn more about the ICE program.


Student Citizenship


Senior School Citizenship

Engaged Citizenship at The York School encourages students to attend to the common good and play an active role in the life of the school, their local community and beyond. Students are encouraged 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. Our rich co-curricular opportunities help balance the rigorous academic programme by providing students with connections to the community, broadened social networks and exposure to varied experiences. Students are able to find their passions, learn to communicate effectively with their peers and embrace the opportunity to be their best selves.

Student Leadership

We are committed to developing our student leaders as they actualize their leadership potential. All Director, Grade Leader, House Head, and Mentor positions on the Student Council give our students the opportunity to collaborate with their peers and the faculty to create a dynamic engaging and inclusive school community. Students are chosen to take part – some by general election and others by a selection committee – based on their potential to show leadership and be model school citizens. Through increased consultation, we are leveraging student voice in decision making regarding school climate and culture.

Co-curricular Clubs

A balanced rich and rewarding co-curricular programme complements our academic curriculum. Participation in co-curricular activities, service initiatives, social events, and our house system is integral to student life. The York School offers a diverse and constantly evolving list of clubs to nurture student interests and build strong interpersonal skills. Some of the clubs and co-curriculars offered to students have included:

  • guitar ensemble,

  • jazz ensemble,

  • Model UN

  • peer tutoring,

  • Community service committee,

  • student newspaper ‘The Stand’

  • York TV,

  • debating,

  • open studio art club,

  • programmer’s club,

  • Senior school musical/play,

  • improvisation club,

  • writer’s guild,

York Student Ambassador Programme

In the fall of each academic year, York School students apply and are selected to be Student Ambassadors to promote the climate and culture of their school and build meaningful relationships with new students and families. As part of the York Student Ambassador Programme, current students may be called upon as hosts, tour guides, event speakers, grade partners, or ushers/greeters at school events. Hosts connect with applicants who come for day visits or for Taste of York events so they can be introduced to the student experience at The York School. Tour Guides show our facilities to prospective families and describe their experience at The York School in terms of the IB programme, co-curricular and leadership opportunities and school climate/community. Event Speakers are responsible for delivering a speech about their York School experience to prospective and/or current families. Ushers/Greeters welcome families at events, distribute programmes, and seat audiences.

Grade Partners

Grade Partners are paired with new incoming students in the late spring so they can communicate over the summer, attend a September Orientation Day, and continue to offer support throughout the year. In the Senior School, all new incoming students are contacted by a current student in the same grade to ease the transition and integration into The York School community. Grade Partners are expected to contact new students a minimum of one time over the course of the summer – to introduce themselves, answer questions and offer sound advice about student life. If your child’s Grade Partner has not been in contact by late August, please email Cidalia Gardner at: cgardner@yorkschool.com.

Students in Service

We foster global-mindedness and a sense of social responsibility by creating school-wide and divisional community service initiatives and opportunities. Students build partnerships with different organizations and act as project managers for all raising awareness and fundraising campaigns. We respond to issues emerging locally and globally with meaningful service learning opportunities. We mobilize youth to make change and develop compassion and empathy for those less fortunate than themselves. For more information about Service, please contact Catherine McCauley our Community Service Coordinator (maternity leave coverage)  at: cmccauley@yorkschool.com until November and then contact Marie Aragona our Community Service Coordinator maragona@yorkschool.com


The Senior School Athletics Programme focuses on providing exposure to a wide variety of sports at all levels. The goal is to develop a life-long passion for sport and healthy, active living. Our student-athletes have the opportunity to try out for Interscholastic teams or join recreational Gladiator Athletic Development Programmes (GADP). To learn more about the athletic offerings at The York School, please see the 2019-2020 Athletics Handbook here.

“For a lifelong love of sport.”


 Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures

Proceed to the South Laneway at the 1320 Yonge Street to drop off students. If you need short-stay parking, the parking garage will be open from 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM. Parents can park in the visitor parking spaces located on the top floor of the parking lot.

Learn more here