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Sixteenth Avenue Public School opened in 1961 and was originally named because of its location on Sixteenth Avenue, in Richmond Hill, Ontario. At the time, the attendance area served all of its kindergarten to grade eight students from Yonge Street to Leslie Street, north to the southern border of Richmond Hill and south to below #7 Highway.
In September, 1965, the school became a holding school for the Royal Orchard and Baythorn Public School attendance areas while these two new schools were being constructed.
When Royal Orchard and Baythorn Public Schools opened, Sixteenth Avenue P. S. was changed to a kindergarten to Grade six school and our grade seven and eight students were sent to Woodland Senior P. S. At that time, the enrolment dropped to just over 200 students. This small school experienced a short burst in enrolment from 1986 – 1990, when the school received 12 portables and housed over 400 students. Once Bayview Hill Elementary School opened, enrolment fell drastically; however, this drop in enrolment was short-lived due to the development that was taking place in the school’s attendance area. The population of the school swelled to over 400 students as a result of the construction of several new housing subdivisions in the area, after 1990.
Instead of renovating and enlarging the current building, the decision was made to replace the existing school building with a new structure. A new two-story structure replaced the original six-room school and 13 portables.
The new building opened to students in the fall of 1995. Grades seven and eight were added over the next two years, followed by the introduction of junior kindergarten in 1998.
In 1999 central air-conditioning was added to the school to support the introduction of the Summer Institute, a program designed to support learning for students over the summer. Each summer hundreds of students attend the Summer Institute and take advantage of a spectacular variety of fun electives ranging from sports, arts, cooking and digital video technology, a portion of each day is also dedicated to literacy instruction.
Our school symbol is "Sixteenth Avenue Stars" with gold and purple colors.
Sixteenth Avenue P.S. was officially opened in 1995. It has a beautiful entrance accented by stained glass windows. It is a full service, air-conditioned building with a child-care center, Sixteenth Avenue Child Care, owned and operated by York Professional Day Care Inc. located on site.
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