Since our doors first opened in 1929, York Memorial Collegiate Institute has earned a well-deserved reputation for excellence. Our wide range of course offerings, our extensive extra-curricular program, and our traditional year-long timetable continue to attract students from across Toronto. The staff and students who make up our culturally diverse population are committed to maintaining an inviting, safe school through a variety of initiatives. Over 80% of our graduates go on to university or college. Last year 55% of our graduates were Ontario Scholars.

In addition to a full range of academic courses, from grade 9 - 12 York Memorial offers students specialized programs that include the R.U.S.H. Program (Roadmap to University Success with Honours), and the Gifted Program. Students enrolled in these specialized programs are expected to handle a more demanding academic curriculum.

The R.U.S.H. and Gifted Programs are high level enrichment in three areas of focus: MCS (Math, Computers, and Science), ARTS and HUMANITIES, giving students flexibility, wide subject choices and a broad academic preparation for success at post-secondary studies. Students enrolled in these programs experience PRE-AP enrichment from grade 9 - 11 in preparation for the grade 12 AP year and other educational opportunities offered at the senior level. Since 1999, York Memorial continues to lead the way in offering a wide range of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. These challenging courses are recognized nationally and internationally by many universities. For students who are interested in the arts, we provide a wide range of courses in music, drama, and visual arts.

Memo is committed to the integration of computer technology across the curriculum and is equipped with five computer labs plus a resource centre with computers and Internet access. For students who want to earn credits and gain valuable work experience, our co-operative education program offers many exciting placement possibilities to meet the needs of students who study at the R.U.S.H., Gifted, Academic and Applied programs.

We are very proud of the extensive extra-curricular program at Memo. For most students, athletics and activities such as drama productions, music nights, Student Council, and a large number of clubs are part of school life at Memo that are so important when seeking admission at prestigious universities.

Special Features

  • Gifted Program for students identified gifted
  • R.U.S.H. (Roadmap to University Success with Honours): an enrichment program for high-achieving students from Grade 9 to graduation
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses recognized nationally and internationally
  • MCS and YMB: unique learning partnerships with UofT and Ryerson University
  • Y.M.C.I. - a safe and friendly school supported by an active Student Mentor Program

Our Students (As of Spring 2005)

Total Number of Students:
459 (48%)
493 (52%)
Primary Language Other Than English:
438 (47%*)
Students born Outside of Canada:
19 (2%)
58 (6%)
Primary Language Other Than English
* Calculation does not include students for whom language information is missing.

Our School Also Offers:

  • Remedial Language Program
  • Guest Author Program
  • Student Newspaper Club / Yearbook Club
  • Canadian Mathematics Competitions
  • Remedial Math Programs
  • Tutors in the classroom
English as a Second Language (ESL) / English Literacy Development (ELD)
  • ESL/ELD classes
Other Languages / Cultural Studies
  • Classical and International Languages Courses
Arts Programs / Activities
  • Art Galleries or Art Shows
  • Drama: Artists in Schools, Drama/Dance Projects, Dramatic Arts Festivals, Live Production Theatres
  • Music: Band, Choir, Guitar, Music Theatre, Technology, Keyboard (Organ, Roland, etc.,), Music Camp, Music Concerts/Performances, Orchestra, Piano, Strings
  • Visiting Artists
Science and Technology
  • Class Visits: Royal Ontario Museum, Science Centre, Toronto Zoo
Equity Initiatives
  • Students/Teachers Against Racism & Sexism (S.T.A.R.S.)
Guidance & Counselling
  • School Watch Program
  • Conflict Management Program
  • Leadership Program
  • Peer Mediation Program
  • Tutoring Program
Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Sports team(s): Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Cross country running, Football, Ice hockey, Rugby, Skiing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball
  • Sports house: Badminton, Basketball, Floor hockey, Skiing, Volleyball
  • Ontario Business Contests
  • Emphasis on Computers and Technology in Business
Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Field Trips
  • Guest Speakers


The information on this page was based on the following document:
School Profile with EQAO Results* found on the TDSB website.