Established in 1842, Pickering College is an independent co-educational day and boarding school offering a university preparatory program in a nurturing and respectful environment. The school offers a Global Leadership Program, inspiring students to become gracious and valued citizens of their community. Technology is an integral learning tool requiring students to use laptops. Co-curricular activities include a variety of recreational and competitive sports, such as soccer and horseback riding. The arts program features instrumental, vocal, and recorded music, visual arts, and filmmaking.


Contact: Jessie-May Rowntree
Phone: 905-895-1700 ext.259
Toll Free: 877-895-1700
Fax:  905-895-1306
Application Deadline: Rolling
Application Fee: $200
International Application Fee: 0


At Pickering College,we believe in cultivating strong interpersonal relationships between students, parents and staff who live, learn, create and play together in a secure and nurturing environment. At the same time, we work hard to ensure high standards for academics, and to provide a challenging and enriched curriculum built on an foundation of core knowledge using the most up-to-date technology.
We offer a dynamic, nurturing and positive environment where each child's curiosity is meaningful and focused. 
A low teacher-student ratio and small class sizes help ensure our programs are "student-centred" with one-on-one learning opportunities to meet individual needs.
Pickering College operates on a traditional (non-semestered) school year from September – June each year and offers Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum - students graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma. 
Program highlights include our Leadership, Communications Technology, & Music programs. All students in Senior School use our laptop program.
Pickering College follows the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum and undergoes bi-annual inspection by the Ministry of Education. We also receive CAIS accreditation through a review process every seven years.

Department Director: Janet Downer
Average Class Size: 18
Full Time Teachers: 45
Teachers with Advanced Degrees: 100%
Student Teacher Ratio: 1/10
Saturday Classes: no
Summer Programs Offered: yes

Computer Studies
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Studies
Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • Global Leadership Diploma
  • 5-Day Boarding
  • AP Courses
  • Creative Writing
  • Literature
  • Geography
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
Humanities/Social Studies
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Technology Center
Special Programs
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
Performing/Visual Arts
  • Visual, Media, Radio Station, Yearbook
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Film and Video
  • Vocal
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Music History
Foreign Languages
  • French
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • European History
  • Medieval History
  • World History
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Philosophy
  • World Religions
AP Courses Available
  • Calculus AB
Distinctive or New Programs
  • Global Leadership Certificate

Campus Life

Pickering College works to ensure our boarding students, especially those adjusting to a new culture and climate, ?nd a “home away from home”. Starting in Grade 7, students can enjoy a safe, supportive and healthy learning environment living directly on campus. From trips, to group activities, to the “circle of care” that supports the academic and emotional well-being of students; various ongoing Pickering College ini¬tiatives help make living away from home a positive and enriching experi¬ence. Each student is a member of a “residence family” and forms lifelong friendships with boarders from across Canada and around the world. Residence life also provides faculty-supervised study periods, family-style meals, housekeeping services, frequent outings, and a wide range of competitive and recreational activities.

Dorm Life

Department Director: Shelley Frank
Average Students Per Dorm: 50
No. of Girls Dorms: 1
No. of Boys Dorms: 1
Dress Code:  Uniform

Dorm Amenities
  • Student Life Centre and Health Centre
  • Game Room
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Lounge
  • Wireless Internet
  • Baseball Field(s)
  • Soccer/Rugby fields, Ice Arena, Radio Station
  • Baseball Field(s)
  • Basketball Court(s)
  • Indoor Basketball Court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball Court(s)
Clubs & Organizations
  • Leadership Program and Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Amnesty International
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Math Club
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Student Radio Station
  • Snowboarding
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook

Arts & Athletics

Students can choose to participate in competitive or recreational SPORTS. Our popular sports are Figure skating, Equestrian and Soccer among many others. Our exciting ARTS program includes: Instrumental Music and Bands, Visual Arts, Vocal Music, Drama, Filmmaking and student-operated radio station.

Arts Department Director: Noeline Burk
Athletics Department Director: Graham Birt

Interscholastic Sports
  • Cross Country
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ice Skating
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rugby
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Martial Arts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Snowboarding
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Filmmaking Yearbook
  • Art Club
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Stage Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater

College Info

With small classes, PC students benefit from personalized support and attention from their teachers, advisors and other staff at the school. Advisors and teachers maintain regular contact with parents through our online community, regular reports and personal meetings.
• 100% of our graduates are accepted to post-secondary institutions
• 83% of our 2013 graduating class were “Ontario Scholars” (maintained 80% average or higher)

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

University of Toronto
University of Western Ontario
Sir Wilfrid Laurier University
McMaster University
University of Guelph
Queen's University
University of Ottawa
McGill University
University of BC
University of Rhode Is., USA
University of Michigan, USA
Iowa State University, USA
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne - Switzerland
York University
University of Waterloo
St. Andrews Scotland
Universidad Iberoamericana de Mexico

Quotes from Alumni:

I’d recommend PC for students with an open mind, who are eager to learn about different cultures, willing to try new things and just get along with others
- Paige Gellineau , Class of 2009, From Barbados, She is studying Arts/Psycohology at Trent University, ON

I’d recommend PC for students who have a desire to learn, a desire to want to do something after high school, and to participate in after school activities. 
- Louis Engel, Class of 2009, Louis is at University Western of Ontario for Biological and Medical Science

What I have liked best about PC is the feeling of community, support, and sense of belonging. My dream for the future is to complete my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.
- Barry Mason, Class of 2009, None

Summer Programs

Pickering College has a wonderful summer program for students aged 12 to 18 who want to learn English and experience the wonders of a Canadian summer. This is a unique program that combines intellectual learning with a summer vacation in Canada. The ESL Summer Program is well-balanced between classroom activities during the day and evening/weekend activities. Students benefit from small classes, twelve (12) students per instructor. Classroom instruction is directed to the skills that are needed in school study. Practical assignments are given and include computer instruction. The ESL Summer Program focuses on reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension.

Department Director: Claudia Chavez

Summer'14 ESL Camp
4 Weeks “All Inclusive” consists of: 25 hours/week English instruction 24-hour supervision Accommodation Three meals per day and daily snacks Health insurance Report Card & Certificate of Completion Premium escorted weekend and evening social travel programs

Program Director: Claudia Chavez
Registration Deadline:  June 01
Tuition: $5350
Financial Aid Available: No
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