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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.

We encourage you to explore our website to learn more about our innovative programs, diverse co-curricular activities, and outstanding student leadership opportunities. You will begin to discover what makes York House School unique, and why we are one of the best day schools for girls in Canada.
We invite you to attend our Open Houses in the fall, take a tour of the school, and see what’s happening in our classrooms. You will hear our students share their experience at York House School first hand. We believe our students will impress you with their confidence, talent, and commitment to personal and academic excellence.

We warmly welcome new students and families to join the York House School community. As you consider York House, we encourage you to call us with your questions, visit, and keep in touch as you begin the Admissions process. We hope that applying to York House School is a simple, easy, and enjoyable process for you and we will assist you in any way we can.

We look forward to meeting you.

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?

    Girls 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), and Grade 8 (20-24 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 unpredictable enrollment changes throughout the year. For this reason, we encourage and accept applications to all grade levels every year.
  • Do siblings and/or alumnae 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 10 to 17 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 scholarships?

    Yes. The York House School Foundation proudly offers a variety of scholarships to incoming students. The scholarship opportunities vary each year. The York House School Foundation awards full and partial scholarships to students in the junior and senior grades who demonstrate excellence in academics, athletics and/or the arts, and citizenship, and whose families demonstrate financial need.

    Scholar selection for all these opportunities is based on individual merit (strong academics, involvement in the school community, and extracurricular activities) as well as financial need.

    To find out more about these exceptional opportunities and how to apply, please contact Mabel Lim, Director of Admissions at 604-730-2419 or admissions@yorkhouse.ca. Please see our scholarship 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. You will also see our younger students wearing a tunic and our Senior School girls in their blazers. Senior School students also have the option to wear black dress pants. 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

We are now accepting applications for the 2018/19 school year.

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Application deadlines for 2018/19 are:

  • Junior & Senior Kindergarten: application deadline is November 15, 2017.
  • Grade 8: application deadline is December 1, 2017.
  • Grades 1-7 and 9-12: application deadline is February 1, 2018.
  • Scholarship Application Deadline: December 15, 2017.


Assessments:

  • Gr. 8: SSAT by December 9, 2017 (this is the last day you can take the SSAT) and group activity assessment in Mid-January (TBA)
  • JK: January 3 & 4, 2018
  • SK: January 3 & 4, 2018
  • Grades 1-7: Tuesday/Thursday mornings in February


Offers:

Admissions decisions for JK, SK, and Grade 8 are finalized in early to mid February. All other grades are finalized in March.