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Why York House?

Discover why we are one of the best day schools for girls in Canada
Thank you for your interest in York House School!

Our website is a great place to start exploring the Little School (Junior and Senior Kindergarten), Junior School (Grades 1 to 7), and Senior School (Grades 8 to 12). Our video playlist and social media platforms provide further opportunities to get a sense of our school programs and community. Follow us on Instagram (@YorkHouseVan), Twitter (@YorkHouseSchool), and Facebook to find out what’s happening at school!

When you are ready, come to an Open House event or a campus tour led by a Parent or Student Ambassador and meet the Enrollment Management team. We look forward to welcoming you as you explore what our vibrant and inclusive school community has to offer.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • What is the value of attending an all-girls school?

    We cultivate an inspirational and supportive learning environment where girls take centre stage and are challenged to achieve their full potential. At York House School, girls are provided with many opportunities to develop their leadership skills while building their self-confidence and broadening their interests. Immersed in a culture of achievement, Yorkies are empowered to build qualities of teamwork, compassion, empathy, and resilience. They experience success in all aspects of a York House School education and develop lifelong, meaningful friendships.

    For more information on the value of a girls-only education, we encourage you to visit the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools.
  • What kind of student thrives at York House?

    Students who will thrive in a challenging academic environment, enjoy participating in music, art, drama and/or athletics, and show compassion and interest in the world around her. We aim to enroll students who are enthusiastic learners, keen to actively participate, willing to take risks, and who will live our motto Not for Ourselves Alone.
  • What are your intake years?

    Our intake years are Junior Kindergarten (16 new students), Senior Kindergarten (24 new students), Grade 5 (4 new students) and Grade 8 (24-26 new students). For all other grades, we will only have openings if current families withdraw. This is not something we can predict but historically speaking, we do experience unexpected enrollment changes throughout the year. For this reason, we encourage and accept applications to all grade levels every year.
  • Do siblings and/or alums have priority?

    York House School values our community. Applicants who currently have sisters at the school, and/or if their mother or grandmother attended York House School, are given priority provided they fully meet all the admissions requirements.
  • What is the average class size?

    Junior Kindergarten has 16 children with two teachers. Senior Kindergarten has 20 children with two teachers. Junior school classes have 20-22 students in Grades 1-7. At the Senior School level, the class size varies from 6 to 22 students depending on the subject.
  • What programs are offered at the Little School?

    The York House Little School is located at 3274 East Boulevard, nine blocks away from our main campus. Programs include one full-day Junior Kindergarten class and two full-day Senior Kindergarten classes.
  • Do you offer financial aid?

    Yes. The York House School Foundation proudly offers financial aid to incoming students in the junior and senior grades who demonstrate excellence in academics, co-curricular programs, and citizenship, and whose families demonstrate financial need. 
    Please note that junior school opportunities are not available every year. Please email [email protected] for more information.

    To find out more about these exceptional opportunities and how to apply, please contact Mabel Lim, Director of Enrollment Management at 604-730-2419 or [email protected]. Please see our financial aid page for updated information.
  • Where do York House graduates go to university?

    Virtually 100% of all our graduates are accepted to a 4-year university program of their choice. Our graduates enroll in a variety of programs at universities across Canada, the United States, and abroad. For more details, click here.
  • What is the uniform like?

    The traditional uniform of a Blackwatch tartan kilt, white blouse, and green sweater is comfortable to wear and is worn with pride. Students also have the option to wear black dress pants. You will also see our younger students wearing a tunic and our Senior School students in their blazers. Our Senior School Student Executives can be easily spotted in their gold blazers and sashes.

    'Previously loved' uniforms are also available for purchase from the Barbeau Boutique Uniform shop.

Key Dates

Applications for 2024-25 are now closed*
*If you are interested in submitting a late application for Grades 9 - 12, please contact [email protected].

Application Deadlines

Grade 8 Application Deadline: November 15, 2023
JK/SK Application Deadline: November 15, 2023
Grade 1-7, 9-12 Application Deadline: January 31, 2024

Open House 

Our Open House events have concluded for Fall/Winter 2023.

SSAT (Grades 8 - 12)

SSAT Test at York House: Saturday, October 21 at 8:30 am
(For York House applicants only)
*To find and register for our school's SSAT session, go to SSAT.org and use this code when booking your test: 7C-7E7V-9O0M

Grade 8 - SSAT results submitted by November 15, 2023
Grades 9 - 12 - SSAT results submitted by January 31, 2024



Admissions In-person Assessments

JK/SK: January 3 - 5, 2024
Grade 8: November 30 and December 1, 2023 (Time TBD)

Offer Dates

Grade 8: February 29, 2024
JK/SK: March 1, 2024
Other Grades: Rolling from March 2024


School Tours

We welcome you to learn more about our school community with a  an in-person campus tour.

Please contact our Admissions Office at [email protected] with any inquiries.