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School Overview

York House School, located in the heart of Vancouver, is one of Canada’s leading independent schools for girls. Founded in 1932 by seven progressive and insightful women, York House provides an outstanding education for approximately 650 girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12.

York House School students

Why teach at York House School?

York House School is a vibrant and close-knit school community where everyone benefits from a true sense of belonging. It is a place where people feel valued, engaged, and connected to the school, and experience personal fulfillment and meaning in their lives. Our students are the heart of our school and they are our greatest pride.

York House School classroom

Our Unique Programs

This aim drives the design of many innovative programs at the school: Incubator for Social Innovation, Project-Based Learning, Capstone, International Exchange, Community-based Learning, Outdoor Education, Career and Life Connections, and STEAM. Our Little School embraces the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education.

As a school, we invite the creative input of faculty into the development of such programming. We provide robust professional development to support the ongoing design of strong foundational and transformative learning experiences.

The Community

School Community

We deliver a challenging curriculum that is learner-centred and flexible. While we emphasize foundational learning of literacy and numeracy, our programs focus on providing meaningful and authentic learning experiences that empower deeper learning through concept-based and competency-driven approaches. Additionally, our curriculum framework aims to nurture and develop global competencies in our students from Junior Kindergarten all the way through to Grade 12.

Whether a Yorkie is learning to problem solve through play, or taking a university level Advanced Placement course, our students are encouraged to develop skills and attributes that will enable them to gain independence and a powerful sense of self and agency.

Technology tools are embedded across the school to authentically support student learning. Leveraging these tools allows our students to think critically about information and the world around them and to develop digital literacies that will serve them well into the future. Our One-to-One Technology Program from Grade 6 to Grade 10 allows students on-demand access to personal research and creative digital tools that help reinforce learning and understanding.

Lifestyle and Recreational Opportunities

We are located in the heart of Vancouver, near the nightlife of downtown with theatres, restaurants, festivals and concerts; the waterfront for walking on the seawall; Granville Island for weekend market activity; and Pacific Spirit Regional Park at UBC.

We are very close to several parks for outdoor walks and connection to nature, including Van Dusen, Queen Elizabeth and Stanley Park. Great bus service allows for fast travel to all parts of Vancouver.

The nearby districts of Kitsilano, Kerrisdale, West Broadway and South Granville include so much of what metropolitan Vancouver has to offer, including shopping, restaurants, outdoor parks with festivals, beaches and magnificent mountain views.

Draw for Employees

York House School has a strong sense of community among all its stakeholders. We offer a dynamic, challenging, and caring work environment. Our faculty and staff are an integral part of the York House community. Their passion for teaching, commitment to the school, and dedication to our girls is what sets us apart.

Salary and Benefits

York House School offers a comprehensive and competitive compensation and benefits package. Contracted employees, and those on a part-time basis, typically receive a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Medical, dental and extended health plans
  • Group life insurance benefits
  • RRSP matching program
  • Accidental and disability insurance
  • Supplemental employment benefits on maternity leave

Why you’ll love it here

Our faculty enjoy small class sizes and time for planning and working collaboratively. In support of a strong learning culture, we offer a robust Mentorship Program.

As a member of Independent Schools Association of BC (ISABC), our Faculty have access to shared Pro-D days to learn and grow from colleagues of our member schools. Other great programs for mentorship and development offered through ISABC are the Newly Qualified Teacher program and the ISABC Leadership program.

York House School regularly seeks feedback on a variety of topics, including processes, policies, shared vision, new programming, projects, etc. Annual employee surveys seek feedback and input to better our culture and work environment. We also encourage involvement in committees in areas in support of joint occupational safety and health, emergency preparedness, and the joint consultation committee as well as the health and wellness, and social committees.

Opportunities for professional development

York House School invests in people by helping them build professional capacity. Coaching: The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback is a training program offered to all staff. We also support staff through a Growth and Development Program and we offer annual First Aid and CPR training. For faculty, we offer ongoing, working groups in such areas as project-based learning, design-thinking, and Harkness learning teams.

Health and wellness, and social events

Other benefits to working at York House School include:

  • access to school facilities, such as the fitness and dance/yoga studio.
  • access to wellness activities, such as bootcamp and yoga
  • social events throughout the year, including Christmas events for staff and their children, celebrations of important milestones (weddings, births, retirements) and more

We also offer on-site free parking, secure underground bike parking, fitness centre access year-round, lockers and showers, a staff lounge with outdoor courtyard and seating, and natural sunlight in all classrooms. We also offer great food in our cafeteria at 50% off, and commute incentives if you walk, bike or bus to work.