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What our students say about PC

What makes Pickering College unique compared to other schools?

“Definitely the residence and the people in them make Pickering a special place. Many of my friends go to other schools in Canada and they are nothing compared to Pickering. Residence definitely feels like a home away from home and there is always someone there that you can talk to when you are having a hard time.”

Shannon- Barbados – Class of 2012


“Classes are smaller and the teachers and students know you really well – so that helps you learn better. The field trips are great – it’s just a bigger experience here. There’s so much more to do than at public school.”

Matthew – Canada – Class of 2016

“What makes Pickering College unique is how they prepare you for the world ahead of you. It shows you what it is like to live “on your own” and do things for yourself and not rely on others to do things for you.”

Kallin – Bermuda – Class of 2015

“It was an entirely new experience for me. I was nervous because I was in a new school in a new country but in no time I felt almost at home. I think what separates PC from other schools is the sense of community. No one is a stranger at Pickering College and everyone is a friend. It is an awesome experience .”

Troi- Jamaica/Canada-Class of 2012

Pickering College is unique because the Student Committee helps us do fun activities, sometimes we get to cook cakes or pizza, the teachers are awesome, we get to do really cool projects like the pioneer project - which was the "funnest".

Sydney - Canada - Class of 2021

"PC is a community, a family. It’s not very big and the family dining experience is amazing, it makes school feel like home."

Alexis - Canada - Class of 2016

“My friends say that I am really lucky that there are so few kids in my class. I guess it is normal for me but they say 30 kids is normal. I like the small class size.”

Daniel – Canada – 2018

What would you tell new students about the academic program at PC?

“The choices within the subjects that Pickering has to offer are amazing. There are subjects and choices for everyone and everything you might like.”

Shannon - Barbados – Class of 2012

“For me the academics are very demanding but the teachers are there and will support you if you are having trouble in class or with assignments. The one thing I like most is getting to use your laptop a lot during class. There is a big advantage in having your own laptop versus sharing a computer with someone.”

Kallin – Bermuda – Class of 2015

"The best thing about the school work itself is you get to be creative. The teachers are always trying to make you feel comfortable with the material you’re learning .They try hard to make school a fun and relaxing experience."

Alexis - Canada - Class of 2016


“Classes are small and teachers are more than willing to sacrifice their time to make sure you are comfortable and that you are following through in class.”

Troi- Jamaica/Canada- Class of 2012


What's been your favourite experience at PC so far?

“The most influential experience that I have had at PC would definitely be Grease the musical. It brought the school together as a community and allowed for a wide range of us to showcase our unique talents. It helped me create bonds with teachers and students.”

Maresa – Canada – Class of 2012

"The best thing that has happened to me at Pickering College is being part of the school ambassador program and taking new families around the school."

Katherine - Canada - Class of 2020

"I like that I have lots of friends and know lots of students in all the different grades. I know most of the teachers and they are all friendly. It is really hard to say what I like most, but it's nice that pretty much everyone knows everyone."

Daniel - Canada - Class of 2018


“The trip to St. Donat, Quebec in Grade 8 was amazing. I also love playing hockey, softball, participating in the film club and in the junior jazz band!”

Matthew- Canada- Class of 2016

“Being able to go on the white water rafting trip was the best because it was just mind blowing.”

Troi-Jamaica/Canada-Class of 2012


What's your favourite part of the school day?

"My favourite part of the school day is walking in, in the morning and being greeted by so many familiar faces."

Alexis - Canada - Class of 2016

“I love my music and Phys Ed classes.”

Matthew- Canada- Class of 2016


“Lunch time! I love the dining hall and being able to sit with the whole Senior School during lunch and the interaction between advisors and advisees.”

Maresa – Canada – Class of 2012



What advice do you have for new students at PC?

I would tell them not to worry. The teachers are always there for you and the students are really nice. When I came in Grade 6 I felt really welcomed and I made new friends very quickly. It feels like my second family here.”

Matthew – Canada – Class of 2016

“If I could tell new boarders anything it would be, not to be scared. When I first came to Pickering, yes, I was scared, but I had the most welcoming people help me move in and settle in. They were so nice and helpful, it felt as though I had known them my whole life. Also, try not to worry because even though it might not seem like it, you are going to make friends in no time, whether it is inside or outside of residence.”

Shannon- Barbados – Class of 2012


"I know that new students who are thinking about the school will love Pickering College as much as I do and will never want to leave."

Katherine - Canada - Class of 2020

“My best word of advice is to be prepared and to be very organized with your work. Also you must do assignments when the teacher tells you to do them because if you wait a long time to do them you will end up with a lot of work to hand in and you won’t really enjoy the experience of living in a different country. “

Kallin – Bermuda – Class of 2015

"Get comfortable, have fun and learn."

Kaitlyn - Canada - Class of 2018

"I would say that it's a great school and that you'll learn a lot and you'll learn in a fun way."

Sydney - Canada - Class of 2021





What do you like most about living in residence at PC?

I love dorm life! I love the people and the Associate Faculty. Residence feels like your second home especially when it comes to the people. Pickering is located in a very central place, it is a 2 minute walk from Newmarket’s main street which has many different things to do. Also it is only 45 minutes from Toronto which is amazing when it comes to school activities and long weekends”

Shannon- Barbados – Class of 2012

“What I like most about dorm life is how they let you go on your own with things. They give you the responsibility to remember when to be back and what you should and should not do.”

Kallin – Bermuda – Class of 2015

“If you are an only child (like me), getting to live in the dorm with close friends is like having numerous siblings who are from a different part of the world. Staying up late talking to friends, going to the gym to play soccer or just going out to see a movie…it’s almost a daily thing. In the town of Newmarket there are many parks, a mall, more than enough movie theaters and its very own Main Street. It is not the coldest of places (by Canadian standards) and it gets warm during spring and approaching summer. It is a calm and at times exciting community to live in. It is hard to become bored in Newmarket.”

Troi-Jamaica/Canada- Class of 2012






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