Reimagine the Future.

Then Transform It.

All significant leaps forward begin with a spark – the breakthrough idea that can change everything.

Inspiring great minds to bring a germ of an idea into being, is the process of innovation. This new strategic plan developed by the great minds at York House School is the result of just such a process.

Our Objective: To Create Future-Ready Students

Academic Excellence and Creativity

Self-Awareness and Self-Care

Confidence and Resilience

Empowered Voices and Empathy

Diverse Perspectives and Comfort Among Differences

Connection with the Real World

Ability to Navigate Uncertainty

Fulfillment and Joy from Learning

Group of three girls laughing.

What began as a spark, ignited the imagination of a community to develop a bold, new vision.

While the future might not be knowable, the tools needed by today’s young women to flourish in a world defined by change, call for a reinvention of education.

York House School has forged a pathway to the next epoch. There is much we can’t predict about the world they’ll enter, but we do know that for them to be equipped for whatever comes, we must define the meaning of ‘future-ready.’

44% of workers’ core skills will be disrupted and require reskilling as adoption of technology increases.

Analytical and creative thinking top the list of skills employers believe will grow in prominence.

Newly emerging skills include resilience, flexibility and agility, motivation and self-awareness, and curiosity and lifelong learning.

Six in 10 workers will require training before 2027, but only half are seen to have access to adequate training opportunities today.

Source: Future of Jobs Report 2023, World Economic Forum

Girl outside in a dark urban environment, smiling and looking upward.

Imagine a Future That Doesn’t Exist. Yet.

The York House School community challenged each other to think more deeply, imagine more expansively, ponder the possible, and identify the necessary. Through a process of collaboration, critical thinking and creativity, we developed a roadmap to the future that will ensure our students continue to thrive, not only in their professional pursuits, but in their lives. Spark is that plan.

The strength of York House is the community we’ve built and cherished for 92 years. This feisty school has been the educational home for exceptional young women who have gone on to extraordinary success and who have made significant contributions to the betterment of our society. Above all, they are happy human beings who maintain close ties with their school and each other.

We’ve relied on that brilliance from alum to current students, parents past and present, faculty, staff and leadership, and a committed Board of Governors who have guided this process from start to finish. That is why we are so confident in the direction and substance of Spark.

“York House has transformed me. I’m inspired by the talent, challenged by the program, and embraced by the warmth of this community. I’m excited that YHS is planning for a stronger future and thinking about students’ needs as they evolve. Everything is changing all the time and it’s important that our school continues to grow.”

Emily, Grade 11

With respect, we acknowledge that the land on which we learn, play, and work is the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməѲkwəyəm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səlílwəta/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Truth and reconciliation are priorities embedded in this strategic plan and our educational program. To learn more, visit