1845 Early Elementary Schools in York (Toronto)

  • Upper Canada Central School

    Upper Canada Central School

    The York Common School re-opened as the Upper Canada Central School which was based on the British National System – a network of monitorial schools controlled by the Church of England. Rev. Dr. John Strachan was an ardent supporter of this system. Reformers, such as Jesse Ketchum, argued for a system of non-denominational common schools. The debate between the two systems would rage on for years before finally being resolved by Egerton Ryerson.

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    Ink on paper


    Black ink drawing of a two-storey rectangular building showing two sides with 24 windows, 2 chimneys