How to Apply

Our Application Process

Application Process

List of 6 items.

  • Step 1: Explore York House

    To learn more about York House, start by browsing through our website. View our virtual campus tours and book an online guided photo tour or join a virtual admissions event. We would be happy to chat with you and answer any questions you may have.
  • Step 2: Apply

    Please read our Admissions Policy before completing an online application.

    Please note: We do not accept international students. As well, a student must live with at least one parent while attending our school. If you are not a Canadian citizen, or a permanent resident of Canada, please do not submit an online application. Please contact for more information.

    You will be asked to register/log in to start an online application form. If you are a first-time user of our website, you will be asked to create a login name and password. If you are a reapplicant (i.e. you submitted an application for the last school year), please refer to the instructions below in Step 6: Re-Apply. Current parents should use their existing myYHS login.

    Please be advised that you should create only one application for each applicant to York House School. If you have begun filling out an application for admission, do not initiate another one. If you have any questions, please contact

    Siblings: If you are a first-time user of our website, and you are submitting applications for two (or more) daughters, please use the same login name and password for both applications. After you submit the first application, choose “Apply Another Child” for the second application. This will allow our system to link your daughters’ records and inform us that they are sisters.
    The $350 application fee is collected at the final step of the application form. Payment can be made by Visa or Mastercard. You will receive a confirmation email from us once your application fee has been accepted and processed. Please note that if you do not receive this confirmation email, your application has not gone through.

    To view a read-only copy of our application form, please click here: Sample YHS Application Form. PLEASE NOTE, HOWEVER, THAT THIS IS FOR VIEWING PURPOSES ONLY AND AN ONLINE APPLICATION IS REQUIRED.
  • Step 3: Submit Required Documents

    To enable us to get a full and accurate picture of your daughter’s educational needs, please provide all documents and information that may be relevant to our assessment for admission into York House School. 

    The following supporting documents are requested to complete your application:
    • Recent photograph of your daughter;
    • Recent photograph of your family;
    • Copy of birth certificate;
    • Two references (one about your family, one about your daughter). Please note: you will be sending your chosen references a link to access a form letter, which they will complete and send directly back to us;
    • Proof of citizenship status or landed immigrant/permanent residence status for the applicant and at least one parent;
    • Include business cards of each parent/guardian (if applicable);
    • School report cards/progress reports: last final report card, and all of this year's reports, teacher comments and ELL (English Language Learning) addendums, if applicable;
    • Any Individual Educational Plans (IEP) assigned to the student (if applicable);
    • Any educational related assessments of the student, including but not limited to pyscho-educational assessments; and
    • Any other pertinent information regarding your daughter's educational needs.
    Please upload requested documents according to the checklist of your online application.

    Applications are not considered complete until all supporting documents are received. Please contact Mabel Lim at 604.730.2419 or if you have any questions or concerns. If you wish to re-apply for the following school year, read Step 6 below.
  • Step 4: Assessments

    All applicants will be invited to visit the school to participate in our admissions assessments in December, January, and February. Our assessments are designed to determine an applicant’s readiness for our program, as well as her abilities and interests. It is our preference that all applicants attend York House School for their assessments. If this is not possible, please contact Director of Admissions, Mabel Lim, at or 604.730.2419 to make further arrangements.

    Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten Assessments:
    Assessments will be held January 7-9, 2020. Applicants come in small groups for about one hour. Applicants participate in activities at various stations, one of which is a one-on-one assessment with a teacher. The assessment consists of exploring an applicant's readiness skills. Parent interviews are a mandatory part of the Junior and Senior Kindergarten admissions process.

    Grades 1-7 Junior School Assessments:
    Consists of math, reading and writing exercises (normed for applicant's age). A one-on-one interview may be required if a candidate is shortlisted later on. Please note that Grades 1-3 assessments will only occur if and when spaces open up in these grade levels. All Grades 4-7 applicants will be invited to attend group assessments. Parent interviews are not mandatory for Grade 1-12 applications but may be requested at a later date if necessary.

    Grades 8-12 Senior School Assessments:
    York House School uses the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) for Grade 8-12 applicants. The SSAT is a standardized test used by independent schools to assess the broad academic skills of applicants. The SSAT measures the basic verbal, math, and reading skills students need for successful performance in independent schools. Applicants must register on their own to take the SSAT: The SSAT may be hosted at York House School or at another location according to the dates provided.

    Grade 8-12 applicants are required to complete the Character Skills Snapshot. The CSS gives us insight about character skills that go beyond grades and test scores. The online questions take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and are offered at no additional cost for students who have already registered for the SSAT. You can learn more at Grade 8 applicants must complete the SSAT and the Character Skills Snapshot by end of December. Grade 9-12 applicants should complete the SSAT and the Character Skills Snapshot by the end of January.

    In addition to the SSAT and the Character Skills Snapshot, Grade 8 applicants will be invited for a group activity assessment that takes place at York House School on January 23 or January 30.

    Shortlisted Grade 8 applicants will be invited for parent and applicant interviews in February.

    NOTE TO GRADE 8 SCHOLARSHIP APPLICANTS: Please contact us ( for an SSAT fee waiver before you register for the SSAT and a fee waiver for the York House School application for admission.

    If you have any questions, please contact our Director of Admissions, Mabel Lim, at
  • Step 5: Decision

    Depending on the grade level, each applicant is notified of the status of her application by the end of January, mid February, or end of March. Admissions decisions are typically finalized by the end of March/beginning of April.
  • Step 6: Re-Apply

    We usually have more qualified applicants than spaces, so we encourage you to re-apply. All applications will be kept on file for one year. If you wish to re-apply for the next school year, please submit an online reapplication by the application deadline. The re-application fee is $250. Please contact Mabel Lim at 604.730.2419 or if you have any questions.

    Getting started: Log in to myYHS, click on the applicant's name in the upper left corner and you'll find a new checklist of requirements to complete. If you're unable to log in to your account, you can contact us for assistance at

Key Dates

2021-22 Application Deadlines:

JK/SK: Mon. Nov 9
Grade 8: Mon. Nov 16
Other Grades: Mon. Jan 25
Grade 8 Scholarship Deadline: Mon. Nov 16

Our online application for 2021-22 will be available in the first week of September.

Please contact our Admissions Office at with any inquiries.