• Email Us
    office@ukrainianschool.ca
  • Business hours
    Sat 8:30 AM - 3 PM
  • Location
    126 Rathburn Rd, Etobicoke, ON

Our Mission

“To inspire our Ukrainian Canadian youth to honour their heritage, learn their language and engage actively in their community by providing them with an excellent academic program and an engaging learning environment.”

Our Motto

“As I sow, I shall reap”







Our Mission

“To inspire our Ukrainian Canadian youth to honour their heritage, learn their language and engage actively in their community by providing them with an excellent academic program and an engaging learning environment.”

Our Motto

“As I sow, I shall reap”

Our Foundations

In 2022, Ukrainian Heritage Schooling in Ontario was facing a new situation. The pandemic made education a more challenging process for children, leading many parents to shift away from extra schooling to ease the burden of online learning.

Two Toronto-based Ukrainian Schools, Tsiopy Palijiw Ukrainian School, and UNF Toronto West Ukrainian School saw this time as an opportunity to look at their curricula and methodologies. They agreed that Ukrainian schooling was important for knowledge transfer, however, they also agreed that addressing the needs of students and parents was important for a school’s vitality. They concluded that the solution was a school where learning the Ukrainian language and culture was enjoyable, uplifting, and accessible. Research and consultation with education experts confirmed that quality academics and engaging lesson plans were not mutually exclusive. In fact, it was preferable for retention. To this end, they founded The Paul Yuzyk Academy of Toronto (PYAT).

The Paul Yuzyk Academy of Toronto, which opened in September 2022, was created to serve the need for a high-quality Ukrainian Canadian academic program that sees student engagement as an integral part of its success. Our vision is to prioritize the student in the learning process and delight as we educate so that the transfer of heritage becomes natural, enduring, and self-replicating. Successful heritage transfer keeps our culture, and our community, strong.

Senator Paul Yuzyk

The Hon. Paul Yuzyk is best remembered as a Canadian Senator, however, he began his career as a teacher. He taught in both English and Ukrainian schools and eventually earned his Ph.D. in History, specializing in issues regarding Ukrainian Canadians. He became a professor of History and Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba and later at the University of Ottawa. From his youth, and even after becoming a professor, he was continually and heavily engaged in Ukrainian community life. This led to his appointment as a senator in 1963. His strong leadership in making Canada a place that supports and welcomes all cultures has earned him the title of “The Father of Multiculturalism.” It is in honour of this important Ukrainian Canadian leader that we name our school.

Our Teaching Philosophy

Our teaching philosophy is student centric and is supported by the rich educational philosophies found in our founding schools.

Student Centric Learning

The pedagogical philosophy of the Paul Yuzyk Academy of Toronto is student centric. Our teachers create lessons with the perspective of the student in mind. Our teachers spend time learning about our students’ strengths and challenges. Our teachers believe that knowledge transfer is more successful with enjoyable and relevant lessons. Where possible Project Based Learning and inventive engagement with the subject matter is encouraged. Students will be engaging in the academic material in ways that stimulate their curiosity and inspire creative thinking.

All academic targets as set by the Ministry of Ontario for the Ontario High School Heritage Language Credit are maintained while using this student centric philosophy.

Dedicated to Excellence

Kekelia Palijiv was a visionary pedagogue who insisted that Ukrainian Canadian children received exceptional educational experiences. She underlined the importance and impact of a quality education and shifted conceptions of merit for our community. Our school follows her example in our pursuit of excellence, consistently seeking out the best methodologies, practices and materials to provide a superior educational experience and environment for our students and staff.

Pride in our Ukrainian Heritage

UNF Toronto West Ukrainian School was founded in 1932. For over 90 years, the Ukrainian National Federation of Canada has worked hard to bring awareness about the uniqueness of the Ukrainian nation and played a critical role in shaping a strong Ukrainian Canadian voice. Our school will continue to follow this example, diligently fostering student pride in Ukraine’s rich cultural identity, its long-standing history and its right to sovereignty.

Our Programs

Academics
Paul Yuzyk Academy of Toronto serves students from JK to Ukrainian Kursy (Gr.11). Students will be working towards three Ontario Ministry of Education High School Heritage Language Credits. (Also known as “Matura”). Subjects include Language, History, Culture, and Geography. Religion as a subject is not taught weekly, but Christian concepts and daily prayers are a part of our program. Students may need to purchase textbooks for their classes. These are not included in the academic fees.

JK and SK welcome all levels of speakers. After Gr. 1, however, all students must have a workable knowledge of Ukrainian (speaking and/or comprehension) to continue in our academic program. The Paul Yuzyk Academy of Toronto values accessibility to heritage and to facilitate transition into the academic program, our Culture and Conversation Clubs and Tutoring Classes welcome speakers of all levels.
Clubs and Student Engagement
Students wishing to enrich their educational experience further at the Academy are welcome to register for our Culture Club or Conversation Club. Both clubs run from 1:30 until 3:30 every Saturday where there is instruction. Currently, space is limited to 30 students for the Culture Club, and 20 students for the Conversation Club. Both Clubs are designed for students ages 8-15. Please note you do not need to be registered for the Academic Program to be a part of our clubs, but do need to complete and submit a registration form. Club Students are requested to attend our concerts and fully engage with our community.
Culture Club
Our Culture Club is a lively and exciting engagement with Ukrainian culture! Every week begins with a musical component, which helps students learn Ukrainian words through our powerful musical canon. The Club then transitions into a hands-on experience where students learn a Ukrainian tradition/craft. All materials are supplied and the language of instruction is bilingual. Enrolment is for the entire year. Students from all language levels are welcome. Designed for students ages 8-15.
Conversation Club

Ready, set, I can speak Ukrainian! Our Conversation Club has been designed with fun in mind. Every week begins with a musical component, which helps students learn Ukrainian words through our powerful musical canon. The Club then transitions into a games room, where students learn to speak while playing various games with their peers! Teachers help facilitate the fun with word banks and bilingual instruction for new speakers. Excellent for Ukrainian speakers learning English as well. Enrolment is for the entire year. Students from all language levels are welcome. Designed for students ages 8-15.

Ukrainian Language Tutoring
For those who are looking for more intensive language support for their children, individual tutoring by our teachers is available. Times for these sessions on Saturdays vary and can be requested through the school. All levels of speakers are welcome. Cost is $25 per one hour session. Materials may be extra.
Volunteering
Our school family is a very engaging place for both students and parents alike! From fun school concerts to arranging enriching social experiences, our Parent and Student Volunteers make our school’s heartbeat! Your presence makes our school a family! Join us today!

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