December 14 / 2018


Dear York School Community,

The results from The York School parent survey are in!

Earlier in the year, you’ll recall that we conducted parent survey to ensure we were on track with our 20/20 Strategic Plan. The report provides information on many aspects of our school; from our academic programme to the role of the YPA in our school community (we are honoured to have such dedicated volunteers!), from our approach to student wellness through to those same students level of University preparedness.

Of note, Parents are very pleased with their child's experience at The York School. This is important because great academics, sports, extra curricular programmes or university placements have little value if the students are not having a positive experience.

The accompanying graphic provides some indicators of the messages we received through this survey. Parents tell us the academic rigour, quality of teaching and whole child approach is working and appreciated. Parents also value the relationships their children have with friends and with faculty noting this contributes to a connected and caring school community.

While the parent survey is essentially  a ‘good news’ story, and we are grateful and proud that in general our parents are pleased with the school, we have also mined the information to see where we can improve. The responses align with discussions we are having related to academics: Can the Junior School programme benefit from increased rigour? Are investments in social and emotional education at the Middle School having the desired results? Can Senior School students benefit from a different pace?

On behalf of myself, the Board of Directors, the school leadership team and all in our community, thank you sharing your thoughts through the survey. We are all committed to improving what we know to be good experience and making The York School a better institution for those currently enrolled and for the generations of students to follow.

With gratitude and respect,

Conor Jones
Head of School



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The York School’s Harmony Concert celebrates the end of a successful term, the upcoming winter holidays and how music is an international language that unites us all.

On Friday, December 21st we will have two performances in the gym at our 1320 campus; Middle/Senior School (from 9:15 - 10:15) and Junior School (10:45 - 11:45), in order to accommodate all of our student performers, staff and parent audience. We invite all parents to attend the performances(s), recognizing that families with children in multiple divisions may stay to watch both.

Refreshments will be available for parents in the Cafe at 1320 prior to - and in between - both performances until the doors open for audience seating.

Please join us for our annual Harmony Concert celebration.

Doors Open @ 9:00 Middle & Senior School Concert 9:15-10:15

Doors Open @ 10:30 Junior School Concert 10:45-11:45