UPS is a one floor school located in the heart of the Town of Unionville (est. 1794). Our school sits on a beautiful property backing onto Toogood Pond and is mere steps to Main Street Unionville. Our population is approximately 300 students from FDK through grade 8. Our students are the heart of our school. Respectful, responsible, caring and engaged, our students are fantastic! We have many successful athletic teams and have won Gold in instrumental music competitions.
Unionville P.S. is located on Main Street in Unionville just a few minutes walk from historic Main Street. The school attendance area is bounded on the north by Sixteenth Avenue, on the west by Too Good Pond, on the east by Heatherwood and Wrenwood, and on the south by the homes on Carlton Rd.
Unionville Public School has gone through several transformations since it was originally built. The original Unionville Public School was built in the 1830s and was named SS#10. It was torn down and a two-storey brick building was built in 1892. According to the book Markham 1793-1900 (edited by Isabel Champion and published by the Markham Historical Society in 1979), "This was one of the first schools in the township to be electrified (1928). In 1949, two more rooms were added at a cost of $40,000 and in 1955, a one-room annex made an extension to the south of the main structure, which was torn down in 1977." In more recent years the offices were moved to the front of the school and a new hall was added to connect the primary hall and the main lobby and the main offices were renovated and expanded.
As with each school in the York Region District School Board, Unionville P.S. supports student learning through the curriculum standards set out by the Ontario Ministry of Education and many other co-curricular activities. The school promotes a safe and supportive learning environment. This is done through the Board's Safe and Supportive Schools Policy and Procedures and Character Education Initiatives. UPS provides a variety of Special Education Programs, (i.e.. monitoring, resource/withdrawal, partially self-contained) to a diverse student body. We also have 3 Community Classes for children with Autism – JK/SK class and a Primary/Junior (Grade 1-6) and Intermediate (Grade 7 & 8) Class.
We are also very proud to offer the following programs to our students:
- Guest speakers and workshops
- Ongoing and informal social skills counseling (SERT and CYW)
- Progressive Discipline Model
- Student Leadership programs (Student Parliament, Take Action Group, Imagine: Peace Project)
- Art Club
- ECO Team
- Healthy Schools
- Active and Safe Routes to School
- Community Outreach
- Intramural Sports programs
- Primary and Junior Choir
- Instrumental Music Programs
- Athletic Teams
Safe and Supportive Schools/Character Education/Equity and Inclusivity Education
Every student has the right to learn in a safe and supportive environment. The York Region District School Board has a Safe and Supportive Schools Policy and a defined procedure to implement the policy. Both the policy and procedure support the view that student discipline involves a continuum of support including prevention, intervention and appropriate consequences. Unionville P.S. supports and implements the ideals and policies outlined in the Board's Equity and Inclusive Programs. The school's staff integrates equity and inclusivity learning into regular programming in an attempt to create a school environment that is inclusive, supportive and respectful in all regards.
In addition, Unionville P.S. supports the development of character education in an anti-bullying learning environment in the York Region District School Board. The following is an overview of the school's Character Education/Equity and Inclusivity initiatives:
- Student involvement in global leadership activities (i.e.. Variety of Community Outreach Programs, ECO Team initiative, Healthy Schools, Student Parliament and student groups such as Take Action and Imagine: Peace Project)
- School staff hiring that reflect diversity and inclusivity of school population