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York Region District School Board
Entrance to York Region District School Board headquarters in Aurora
Aurora, Ontario
Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Whitchurch-Stouffville
District information
Chair of the boardRon Lynn
Director of educationBill Cober
  • 208 Total
  • (33 Secondary, 175 Elementary)[1][2]
BudgetCan$1,446.369 million[3] million (2017–18)
District IDB66095
Other information
Elected trustees[4]
Student trustees
  • Lily Bates
  • Anita Vasserman
  • Meilun Yu
WebsiteYork Region District School Board

The York Region District School Board (YRDSB), until 1999, English-language Public District School Board No. 16[5] is the English-language public school board for the Regional Municipality of York in Ontario, Canada. The York Region District School Board is the province's third-largest school board after Toronto's TDSB and Peel's PDSB, with an enrolment of over 122,000 students.[6] It is in the fastest-growing census division in Ontario and the third-fastest growing in Canada.[6]

The public francophone (Conseil scolaire Viamonde), English Catholic (York Catholic District School Board), and French Catholic (Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud) communities of York Region also have their own publicly funded school boards and schools that operate in the same area.


The school board was officially known as the York Region Board of Education until it changed its name in 1998 to York Region District School Board.[7] Prior to 1971 it was called York County School Board (evolved from 1871 School Act which replacing earlier school acts in merging elementary schools (known as public schools) with higher education (collegiate Institutes and high schools that formed from Grammar School Act of 1807 and Common School Act of 1850). It was later renamed to York Region Board of Education and renamed to English-language Public District School Board No. 16 in 1998 before adopting the current York Region District School Board name in 1999.


The YRDSB is governed by an elected board of trustees, whose election coincides with the municipal elections in Ontario held throughout the province every four years. The Board consists of 12 trustees, divided amongst the constituent municipalities based on population. Two student trustees are elected by students of the board.[8] The student trustees facilitate communication between students and the school board.[8] The Chair and Vice-Chair of the Board are chosen by secret ballot of the trustees at the inaugural meeting in November.[9]

For day-to-day operations the most senior staff member of the board is the Director of Education, to whom the Associate Director and all of the Superintendents report. The Interim Director of Education is Scott Yake (since November 1, 2022).


Besides the curriculum established by the Government of Ontario, the York Region District School Board places heavy emphasis on its Character Matters program. As well, due to the multicultural nature, and large immigrant population of students under the YRDSB, the Board established the Race Relations Advisory Committee, a standing committee of the board to advise the trustees on issues related to ethnocultural relations. The committee is made up of trustees, staff, community members and students.


The school board is divided into four Community Education Centres (North, Central, East and West).[10] The centres represent communities as follows:

The school board teaches approximately 70,000 elementary and 40,000 secondary school students.

Lists of schools[edit]

Secondary schools[edit]

The school board currently manages 34 facilities that provide secondary education.[1]

Name Location Founded Enrolment[11] Notes
ACCESS Program Jefferson Community Learning Centre Richmond Hill 5 Alternative school
Alexander Mackenzie High School Richmond Hill 1969 1,450 Arts specialized school, International Baccalaureate school (as of 2017)[12]
Aurora High School Aurora 1972 1,064 French Immersion school
Bayview Secondary School Richmond Hill 1960 1,766 International Baccalaureate school
Bill Crothers Secondary School Markham 2008 1,556 Athletics focused
Bill Hogarth Secondary School Markham 2017 1,607
Bur Oak Secondary School Markham 2007 1,559
Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School Aurora 1888 1,354 Relocation to Bayview Ave. Scheduled for Sept. 2023
Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School Newmarket 1989 886
Emily Carr Secondary School Vaughan 2003 1,172
Hodan Nalayeh Secondary School Vaughan 1989 1,034 French Immersion school
Huron Heights Secondary School Newmarket 1962 1,162 Arts specialized school
Keswick High School Georgina 2000 878
King City Secondary School King Township 1961 976 French immersion school (as of September 2019)
Langstaff Secondary School Richmond Hill 1964 453 French Immersion school
Maple High School Maple 2002 1,471 Offers gifted education, International Baccalaureate school (as of 2017)
Markham District High School Markham 1953 1,320 Offers gifted education, Advanced Placement Program

Semestered as of September 2016

Markville Secondary School Markham 1990 1,470 Offers gifted education, Advanced Placement Program, SHSM
Middlefield Collegiate Institute Markham 1992 1,287
Milliken Mills High School Markham 1988 1,249 International Baccalaureate school (as of 2017)
Newmarket High School Newmarket 1843 1,471 Offers gifted education & French immersion
Pierre Elliott Trudeau High School Markham 2002 1,730 French immersion school
Richmond Green Secondary School Richmond Hill 2005
Richmond Hill High School Richmond Hill 1851 1,587 Offers gifted education, Advanced Placement Program, SHSM
Sir William Mulock Secondary School Newmarket 2001 1,266 Offers blended learning and SHSM
Stephen Lewis Secondary School Vaughan 2006 1,745
Stouffville District Secondary School Whitchurch-Stouffville 1954 1,131
Sutton District High School Georgina 1956 449
Thornhill Secondary School Thornhill 1955 823 Offers gifted education
Thornlea Secondary School Thornhill 1968 1,070 Offers French Immersion Program and Pre-AP and Advanced Placement Programs.
Tommy Douglas Secondary School Vaughan 2015 1,634
Unionville High School Markham 1985 1,717 Offers an Arts specialized program[13] and SHSM in arts & culture or business.[14]
Westmount Collegiate Institute Vaughan 1995 1,127 Arts specialized school
Woodbridge College Vaughan 1958 484

Elementary and intermediate schools[edit]

The school board currently manages 175 facilities which provides elementary education.[2]


  • Aurora Grove PS
  • Aurora Heights PS
  • Aurora Senior PS (now Wellington PS)
  • Devins Drive PS
  • George Street PS (now Wellington PS)
  • Hartman PS[15]
  • Highview PS
  • Lester B. Pearson PS
  • Northern Lights PS
  • Regency Acres PS
  • Rick Hansen PS
  • Wells Street PS
  • Wellington PS (Formerly Aurora Senior PS)
  • Unnamed ES (Hartwell Way)

East Gwillimbury

Queensville Public School
  • Holland Landing PS
  • Mount Albert PS
  • Park Avenue PS
  • Queensville PS
  • Robert Munsch PS (in Mount Albert)
  • Sharon Public School
  • Phoebe Gilman Public School


  • Black River PS
  • Deer Park PS
  • Fairwood PS
  • Georgina Island Building
  • Jersey PS (JK–8)
  • Keswick PS
  • Lake Simcoe PS
  • Lakeside PS
  • Morning Glory PS
  • R.L. Graham PS
  • Sutton PS
  • W.J. Watson PS


  • Kettleby PS
  • King City PS
  • Nobleton Junior PS
  • Nobleton Senior PS
  • Schomberg PS


  • Aldergrove PS
  • Armadale PS
  • Ashton Meadows PS
  • Baythorn PS
  • Bayview Fairways PS
  • Bayview Glen PS
  • Beckett Farm PS
  • Black Walnut PS
  • Boxwood PS
  • Buttonville PS
  • Castlemore PS
  • Cedarwood PS
  • Central Park PS
  • Coledale PS
  • Coppard Glen PS
  • Cornell Village PS
  • David Suzuki PS
  • Donald Cousens PS
  • E.J. Sand PS
  • Edward T. Crowle PS
  • Ellen Fairclough PS
  • Franklin Street PS (originally Markham Village PS or Markham PS, c. 1886)
  • German Mills PS
  • Greensborough PS
  • Henderson Avenue PS
  • Highgate PS
  • James Robinson PS
  • John McCrae PS
  • Johnsview Village PS
  • Legacy PS
  • Lincoln Alexander PS
  • Little Rouge PS
  • Markham Gateway PS
  • Milliken Mills PS
  • Mount Joy PS
  • Nokiidaa PS
  • Parkland PS
  • Parkview PS
  • Ramer Wood PS
  • Randall PS
  • Reesor Park PS
  • Roy H. Crosby PS
  • Sam Chapman PS
  • Sir Wilfrid Laurier PS
  • Stonebridge PS
  • Stornoway Crescent PS
  • Unionville Meadows PS
  • Unionville PS
  • Unnamed ES (Angus Glen)
  • Unnamed ES (Greensborough No. 3)
  • Unnamed ES (Wismer No. 4 Southwest)
  • Wilclay PS
  • William Armstrong PS
  • William Berczy PS
  • Willowbrook PS
  • Wismer PS
  • Woodland PS
  • Victoria Sqaure PS


  • Alexander Muir PS
  • Armitage Village PS
  • Bogart PS
  • Clearmeadow PS
  • Crossland PS
  • Denne PS
  • Glen Cedar PS
  • J.L.R. Bell PS
  • Maple Leaf PS
  • Mazo de la Roche PS
  • Meadowbrook PS
  • Poplar Bank PS
  • Prince Charles PS
  • Rogers PS
  • Stonehaven ES
  • Stuart Scott PS
  • Terry Fox PS
  • Unnamed ES (Newmarket Southeast)

Richmond Hill

  • Adrienne Clarkson PS
  • Bayview Hill ES
  • Beverley Acres PS
  • Beynon Fields PS
  • Charles Howitt PS
  • Crosby Heights PS
  • Doncrest PS
  • Frank Puskas PS
  • H.G. Bernard PS
  • Kettle Lakes PS
  • Lake Wilcox PS
  • MacLeod's Landing PS
  • Michaëlle Jean PS
  • Moraine Hills PS
  • O.M. MacKillop PS
  • Oak Ridges PS
  • Pleasantville PS
  • Red Maple PS
  • Redstone PS
  • Richmond Rose PS
  • Roselawn PS
  • Ross Doan PS
  • Silver Pines PS
  • Silver Stream PS
  • Sixteenth Avenue PS
  • Tom Needham PS
  • Trillium Woods PS
  • Unnamed ES (Oak Ridges East No. 1)
  • Unnamed ES (Oak Ridges East No. 3)
  • Unnamed ES (Oak Ridges West No. 2)
  • Walter Scott PS
  • Windham Ridge PS
  • Victoria Square PS


  • Anne Frank PS
  • Bakersfield PS
  • Blue Willow PS
  • Brownridge PS
  • Carrville Mills PS
  • Charlton PS
  • Discovery PS
  • Dr. Roberta Bondar PS
  • Elder's Mills PS
  • Forest Run Public School
  • Fossil Hill Public School
  • Glen Shields PS
  • Glen Gould PS
  • Joseph A. Gibson PS
  • Julliard PS
  • Kleinburg PS
  • Lorna Jackson PS
  • Louis-Honore Frechette PS
  • Mackenzie Glen PS
  • Maple Creek PS
  • Michael Cranny ES
  • Pierre Berton PS
  • Pine Grove PS
  • Roméo Dallaire PS
  • Rosedale Heights PS
  • Teston Village PS
  • Thornhill PS
  • Thornhill Woods PS
  • Unnamed ES (Block 11 North)
  • Unnamed ES (Block 11 South)
  • Unnamed ES (Block 11 No. 3)
  • Unnamed ES (Block 12 South)
  • Unnamed ES (Block 18 North)
  • Unnamed ES (Block 39 West)
  • Unnamed ES (Block 40)
  • Vellore Woods Public School
  • Ventura Park PS
  • Westminster PS
  • Wilshire ES
  • Woodbridge PS
  • Yorkhill ES


  • Ballantrae PS
  • Barbara Reid PS
  • Glad Park PS (accepted students from Dickson Hill PS in Markham in September 2002[16])
  • Harry Bowes PS
  • Oscar Peterson PS
  • Summitview PS
  • Wendat Village PS
  • Whitchurch Highlands PS

Georgina Island[edit]

YRDSB provides assistance to Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation and serves the schooling needs for students in grades 7 to 11.


In May 2017, the YRDSB was faced with a lawsuit. The board settled a human rights complaint with a parent who had been called the "N-word" by Nancy Elgie, a former board trustee. A Ministry of Education review found a "culture of fear" and "systemic discrimination" at the school board.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Secondary Schools Archived December 1, 2017, at the Wayback Machine, Queen's Printer, Ontario. Retrieved on 2010-05-17.
  2. ^ a b Elementary Schools Archived May 14, 2010, at the Wayback Machine, Queen's Printer, Ontario. Retrieved on 2010-05-17.
  3. ^ "Financial Overview". Director's Report. York Region District School Board. Archived from the original on May 24, 2015. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  4. ^ "2018-2022 Board of Trustees". York Region District School Board. Archived from the original on February 6, 2019. Retrieved February 7, 2019.
  5. ^ "Ontario Regulation 107/08". e-Laws. Government of Ontario. Retrieved April 15, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "Enrolment and Demographics". Director's Report. York Region District School Board. Archived from the original on May 8, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2015.
  7. ^ Student Transportation in Canada: Facts and Figures. Canadian Education Association. 1987. ISBN 0920315240.
  8. ^ a b "Pages – Student Trustees". York Region District School Board. Archived from the original on March 14, 2017. Retrieved February 17, 2017.
  9. ^ "2014–2018 Board of Trustees". York Region Board of Education. Archived from the original on July 12, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  10. ^ "Your Trustees". York Region District School Board. Archived from the original on October 27, 2009. Retrieved June 16, 2006.
  11. ^ "York Region District School Board - Monthly Enrolment Report" (PDF). York Region District School Board. October 31, 2021.
  12. ^ "Pages - International Baccalaureate (IB) Program". www.yrdsb.ca. Archived from the original on February 2, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  13. ^ "Arts Unionville". Unionville High School. York Region District School Board. Archived from the original on October 3, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  14. ^ "SHSM". Unionville High School. York Region District School Board. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2015.
  15. ^ Latchford, Teresa (November 19, 2007). "Brand new school reflects early heritage". Aurora Banner. Archived from the original on February 5, 2008. Retrieved November 20, 2007.
  16. ^ "Elementary French Immersion Growth Strategy". York Region District School Board. February 6, 2002.
  17. ^ Dunn, Trevor (May 18, 2017). "In wake of racism scandal, York school board says 'sorry' ". CBC News. Archived from the original on November 7, 2017. Retrieved February 8, 2019.

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