Bayview Secondary School

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Bayview Secondary School
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10077 Bayview Ave
Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4C 2L4
Coordinates 43°52′41″N 79°24′55″W / 43.87800°N 79.41524°W / 43.87800; -79.41524Coordinates: 43°52′41″N 79°24′55″W / 43.87800°N 79.41524°W / 43.87800; -79.41524
School type High school
International Baccalaureate World School
Motto Friends Learning Together
Religious affiliation(s) Secular
Founded 1960
School board York Region District School Board
Superintendent Helen Fox
Area trustee Peter Luchowski
School number 893978
Principal Brian Schouten
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2026[1] (October 2013)
Colour(s) Red, white and black
Mascot Bengals
Team name Bayview Bengals
Last updated: September 2014

Bayview Secondary School is a grade 9–12, 2-semester secondary school operated by the York Region District School Board. It is located north of the northeast corner of Bayview Avenue and Major Mackenzie Drive in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.[3] Bayview S.S. was officially opened on March 10th,1960.

Bayview S.S. is named after the street on which it is located. Its 15-acre (61,000 m2) area used to be part of the Elliot farm.[3]

According to the Fraser Institute, the school ranked 16th in Ontario in 2015.[4] The school does not offer an AP program, though it does have a renowned IB program, open to students in York Region and beyond. Bayview S.S. ranked second nationally in the 2011 Euclid mathematics contest for grade 12 students held by the University of Waterloo.[5]

Students of Bayview S.S. come from a variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds. In 2005, in the neighbourhood around Bayview Secondary School, about 40% of residents were of Chinese ethnic origin, 8.1% were of East Indian origin, and 5.9% were of Iranian origin.[6]


Bayview S.S. had over 2000 students in September 2016.[7] The York Region District School Board had not projected such a large enrollment at the beginning of the school year. The high enrollment was attributed to the 150 walk-in students at the beginning of the school year. Moreover, it was predicted that the student population would decrease that year because a new Catholic school was opened nearby, but enrollment went up instead of down.[8]

Many parents were concerned that Bayview's enrollment would keep rising in the near future because new condominium buildings would be completed at the Bayview and Mackenzie area in 2011.[7]

IB Programme[edit]

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme at Bayview is a competitive entry program founded 30 years ago that consists of approximately 110 students per grade living in York Region, who are selected based on their performance in a three-part entrance exam (testing mathematics, English, and French), their grade 7 final report card and a letter of teacher reference (no longer required after 2014). This programme targets students who are well-rounded and high achievers in all aspects of school. The entrance exam is written in the November of the students' grade 8 year, and the candidates are picked by the IB coordinator and school administration by January.

Students would first enter pre-IB and if they are successful, they can then apply and complete the IB Diploma Programme in their Grade 11 and 12 years.

The IB Diploma Programme at Bayview S.S. includes the following: HL (Higher Level) English A1, SL (Standard Level) French B, HL History, HL Economics, SL Geography, HL Biology, HL Chemistry, SL Biology, SL Chemistry, SL Physics, SL Mathematics, CAS (Creativity, Action, Service) hours, and an Extended Essay, which students begin writing in their Grade 11 year and finish in their Grade 12 year. The IB Diploma Programme also includes a TOK or Theory of Knowledge course. In order to convert their 7-point IB scale marks into the percentile system in the Ontario education system, IB students are offered a mathematical conversion system. The first two years in this programme are free, but the last two years require a $3000 non-refundable fee, not eligible for a tax receipt. The school does not provide transportation for students who do not live near the school.

Virtually 100% of graduating students from the IB programme follow on with a university education. University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, Queen's University and University of Westen Ontario have been some of the most popular destinations, though some graduates choose to continue their education in elite American universities, such as the Ivy League schools.


Athletic teams at Bayview S.S. include swimming, soccer, basketball, ultimate frisbee, table tennis, & tennis. The structure of the sports teams are that grade 9/10 students are in the "junior" team, whereas grade 11/12 students are in the "senior" team.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Bayview S.S. is home to a variety of clubs, a Student Council and Prefect Organization, and music and drama programs. Other clubs include the Debate Club, Eco-Club, DECA, STOP (Stop the Trafficking of People), CAP (Child Adoption Program), Free the Children, Yearbook Committee, BSS Press, Chess Club, and several bands which students can join. In spring 2012, an outdoor classroom was built using large rocks by the Eco Team.[citation needed] Bayview's DECA Club was recognized by York Region as one of the top chapters in Canada, and the club broke provincial records in terms of qualifiers for the International Conference for Developing Careers (ICDC). In 2016, DECA Ontario recognized the International trophy winners, consisting of: Alex Hu and Jinwu Liu, Hannah Wang and Sophia Ge, Edward Cui, Michelle Yi, Angela Gao and Tania Kwan. [9]

School song lyrics (1960)[edit]

Here's to Bayview, strong and true,
We the students pledge to you:
In defeat or victory we'll fight our battles valiantly,
And onward through the years we'll try,
To hold the torch of vict'ry high!
Bayview, ever is our place!
We will cheer without disgrace!

Surrounding area[edit]

Bayview S.S. is located in Ward 3 of the Town of Richmond Hill. In 2005, Ward 3 had a population of 28,315. Single detached houses are the most common dwelling, comprising 79.93% of total housing in the area. Most common ethnic origins are Chinese (39.85%), East Indian (8.10%), Iranian (5.90%). Most common mother tongues are English (28.48%), Cantonese (21.47%). In 2006, 47.04% of residents of Ward 3 that were 15 years and older had some amount of university education.[6] Most of the residents in this area are middle-class families. In 2005, 42.62% of Richmond Hill households earned $100,000 and above.[10]

Bayview S.S. has a York Region Transit bus stop directly in front of the school that takes students south to Finch Station (TTC) in Toronto in approximately 30 minutes. There is also a bus stop within a nearby plaza that takes students west to Vaughan Mills in roughly 40 minutes.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Feeder schools[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "York Region District School Board - Monthly Enrolment Report" (PDF). York Region District School Board. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bayview S.S". Archived from the original on October 27, 2013. Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Bayview S.S". November 14, 1960. Archived from the original on February 23, 2012. Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Academic rankings of secondary schools in Ontario". Fraser Institute. Retrieved 18 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "University of Waterloo 2011 Euclid Mathematics Contest Results" (PDF). University of Waterloo. 
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  7. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on February 16, 2016. Retrieved 2012-04-10. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 6, 2011. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
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  11. ^ "YorkRegion | News from the Newmarket Era-Banner, Vaughan Citizen newspaper and others". Retrieved August 9, 2010. 
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  13. ^ Richmond Hill's Trish Stratus mat star
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  15. ^ "Bayview Secondary School June 2011 Newsletter" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on August 27, 2011. Retrieved July 21, 2011. 

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