The York School’s growth over the past 50+ years is a tribute to the dedication of the faculty, administration and the many families who have brought the school’s vision to life.

Since its origin as a Montessori-based nursery school, The York School has valued inquiry-based learning and positioned students as active participants in their own development. This commitment endures today.

Founded in 1965 by Barbara Goodwin-Zeibots, the school was established to meet a need for high-quality preschool education within a caring community. In 1978, The Lower School was founded and grew rapidly with the first Grade 8 class graduating in 1985.

The Upper School opened in 1995, and in 1998 The York School was authorized as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma School. The “Home of Our Own” campaign secured a new site for The York School at 1320 Yonge Street, establishing itself as a leading independent school with a distinctly urban feel.