Upper York Secondary School

Our Philosophy

Our Mission

UYSS’ mission is to inspire our students to be effective communicators, critical and creative thinkers, collaborate with others and become lifelong learners in full awareness of themselves within a global community.

Our Vision

Our curriculum focuses on helping learners acquire a set of broadly applicable skills that they can apply accordingly to whatever challenges they might face in their lives and careers. Students’ high school years should principally be about learning how to learn and acquiring the competencies they need to do that effectively. Learning is no longer just a means of acquiring information; instead, teaching and learning methods – which have always been an important consideration in education – become more important than ever.

Education is a Lifelong Journey

Our teacher supported courses assist and encourage students in the process of learning. In the high school courses that we envision, this will not often involve simply giving information to the learners for them to memorize. Instead, UYSS will invest most of their time and energy in creating the optimal conditions in which students make connections that constitute their own learning. This is a subtle, but important, shift that UYSS endeavours to incorporate in all their courses.

Meet Our Principal

William Webster

William (Bill) Webster, B.A., B.Ed., OCT


Mr. William Webster was appointed Principal of Upper York Secondary School in September 2018, after serving the educational communities of four independent schools in Ontario and British Columbia.  Prior to that, he has served as Head of Guidance and Career Education at three secondary schools in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board. He has experience with the Ontario Secondary School Diploma Program, International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, the IB Middle Years Program and the Advanced Placement Program for university preparation.  William has earned degrees, certificates and Principal’s Qualifications from the University of Waterloo, Western University, York University and the University of Toronto.

William believes in success for all students, and in the growth of the whole, well-rounded student; intellectually, socially, morally and physically. We all have an unlimited capacity to learn and grow, unrestricted by past experiences or learning labels.  He believes in continual learning for himself and enjoys constantly seeking new challenges.

Message From The Principal

Welcome to Upper York Secondary School. UYSS offers unique opportunities that make UYSS a singular educational experience for talented students. Our school is where the basics of a strong education are enriched by an approach that places the student at the center of scholarly and experiential exploration. First and foremost, UYSS is dedicated to exceptional educational standards.

At UYSS, our school’s mission is to enable all students to reach their full potential. We will prepare our graduates to be prepared for a life far more global than that of prior generations. That means proficiency in a foreign language, feet-on-the-ground exposure to multiple cultures and knowledge of not only the world’s history but of its most likely future issues. UYSS will be known for its STEAM courses, for our language studies, and for a highly-integrated study of what makes an entrepreneur.

Starting in grade 9 and continuing through to grade 12, UYSS works with all students to help them discover and develop their passions, allowing them to pursue their areas of interest, supported by faculty coaching and a superb technology infrastructure.

The school will have a technology-enabled network that connects teachers, parents, and students to deliver a personalized, world class education. Our approach focuses on developing self-awareness, innate capability, and collaboration skills so that all students can successfully navigate their future.

Our goal is to prepare our students to reach their full potential in life. Students will:

  • be lifelong learners
  • be passionate
  • be ready to take risks
  • be able to problem solve and think critically
  • be able to look at things differently
  • be able to work independently and with others
  • be creative
  • have integrity and self-respect
  • be able to use the world around them well
  • speak well, write well, read well, and work well with numbers
  • care and want to give back to their community
  • truly enjoy their life and their
  • be able to use the world around them well
  • speak well, write well, read well, and work well with numbers
  • care and want to give back to their community
  • truly enjoy their life and their

Imagine a school preparing students with “21st century” competencies that will enable them to face complex challenges now and in the future.

Our Strengths

Our Facilities

Hockey Program

Academic Tutoring

Extensive SAT Prep

Career Pathways

IELTS Preparation

Internationally Recognized