BEYOND YORK - June 7 / 2019

- A Note from David Hanna to All Staff -

- It takes a village -

THANK  YOU ALL for the multitude of things you have done to help our grads. 

It has been your involvement in the lives of our students that has been instrumental in shaping their minds, their character, their experiences, their confidence and who they are. Our students have been able to reflect upon and synthesize their experiences at York into compelling stories. It is you, our teachers and staff, who have made these academic, co-curricular and personal experiences at York so meaningful.

You are the people who helped to make the seemingly impossible possible: helped our students think in new ways, finish a project or essay, coached or had an encouraging word. Through these interactions, our students have formed a genuine bond with our school.

This is a wonderful group of students, each of whom will continue to have successes beyond York. 

Thank you once again for the contributions you have made in graduating such a fine cohort.

David Hanna
Director University Counselling

SAT/ACT Prep Courses

Ivy Global offers prep courses this summer for future SAT and ACT writers.  A full list of intensive and crash prep courses can be found in their Summer Course Schedule.

Ivy Global
401 - 150 Eglinton Ave East
Toronto, ON M4P 1E8
website: and email:

Pre-Departure Orientation

When: Thursday, June 13, 2019, 5 p.m.–7p.m.

Where: U.S. Foreign Commercial Service, 480 University Ave, 6th floor, Toronto

Who: Canadian students who are enrolled in and will be attending U.S. universities and colleges this fall 2019 and immediate family members

What: Learn what you need to do to prepare for your studies in the United States, and receive congratulations from U.S. diplomats and EducationUSA.

Dress is business casual.

RSVP by completing a short survey by June 10, 2019

Direct any questions to EducationUSA Advisor Jenika Heim at

Strategies for beginning your post-secondary search

Think of it as a big research project.

As with any research project, start early, break the process up into smaller steps, pay careful attention to details, and ask for help when you need it. The research you do now and the work you complete with your counsellor will take you to a university and program that are a best match for you

The best place to start is with yourself. An honest and detailed assessment of your strengths and weaknesses, interests and talents, values and goals is essential. You are not expected to have all the answers at this stage of your life (or indeed at any other!), but this is a time period where it is essential to begin to understand yourself in a more adult way. You may not know exactly which career to pursue, but you should be able to answer questions about how you learn best, how adventurous you are, what bores or excites you. Such answers will help you to decide whether you would fit best at a big, medium, or small school, how far away from home you are willing to look, what kinds of courses you might enroll in, which extracurricular programs are of most interest.

Once you have a clearer sense of your needs and goals, you are ready to begin researching programs and institutions that might be a good fit. There are a number of print resources available that can provide a quick overview of a wide range of institutions.

Those interested in Canadian schools could check out
The best database for Ontario schools will be found at  the E-Info

Students planning to apply to U.S. colleges will find helpful information on the College Board website

The tools and articles on are valuable.
As is the Common Application:
Student athletes should check out the National Collegiate Athletic Association at

Those thinking of applying to U.K. universities

Check out the UCAS site at
As well as,

Once you have identified some potential schools, of course, you will want to explore the individual websites of those institutions with your counsellor. Your research process will continue in the fall with the Ontario Universities Fair in late September and of course, the visits by many university representatives to The York School. All these events will be publicized in Beyond York.

Remember that as with any big research project, the keys to success are to start early, break the process up into smaller steps, pay careful attention to deadlines, and ask for help when you need it. If you do careful research, you will be much more likely to choose a university and program that are a good match.

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Times Higher Education: World Ranking

The Times Higher Education is a world renowned publication of global universities performance. Their most recent University Impact Rankings show, for the first time, how the global higher education sector is working towards 11 of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which include academic freedom policies, efforts towards gender equality and taking action against climate change.  

The results reveal a brand new line-up of institutions that are making a real impact on society outside their research and teaching.

Topping the overall table is the University of Auckland followed closely by two Canadian institutions – McMaster University in second and the University of British Columbia and Manchester University in joint third.

Canada, the Republic of Ireland and Australia achieve the top average overall scores.