A Pickering College education provides our students with an exceptional learning environment that prepares them for future success. We develop and instil in our students the attributes, values, knowledge, self-confidence and courage to be successful in post-secondary studies and beyond. Our students not only develop strong academic skills, but they develop social consciousness and leadership skills in order to contribute to the world in a meaningful way.
Experiential learning opportunities deepen understanding and develop leadership capacity from a global perspective. Our learning community is enriched by bringing together students who represent a diversity of cultures and perspectives to study and live at our school. Our students work to develop into ethical, responsible, and active citizens who can make a difference in the local and global community.
The Global Leadership Program focuses on developing leadership skills and potential in each student from a global perspective, ensuring that our students are equipped to understand and address complex global issues through carefully planned curriculum, co-curricular opportunities, community service, authentic experiential learning opportunities, educational partnerships, and cross-disciplinary independent projects.
By working with others locally and globally through transformational partnerships, travel, exchanges, community service opportunities, and technological communication, our students experience and appreciate what it means to be an active and responsible global citizen. The Global Leadership Program equips our students to pursue their passions, post-secondary studies, and careers to be effective leaders in a globally competitive and rapidly changing, interconnected world.
Pickering College offers all students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 challenging and meaningful learning opportunities through its Co-curricular Program. If students are to be successful in leading a balanced and purposeful life, they must explore and develop their skills and talents beyond the classroom. This unique program encourages students to participate in a variety of activities, including competitive athletics, recreational sports, fitness, diverse clubs, community outreach opportunities, as well as art, music and drama.
Our Outdoor Education Program (JK-12) engages students in activities that enrich their curricular understanding, present a multitude of benefits from exploring and enjoying our natural heritage to inspiring them to be more active stewards of the environment. Through our access to the Blue & Silver Farm as well as a series of progressively more challenging off-campus trips and excursions, our program encourages intellectual, emotional, and social development, leadership as well as age-appropriate risk taking within a safe learning environment.
Pickering College Learning Commons
The Pickering College Learning Commons provides a wide range resources and services to our students and faculty. Our young students are discovering the joy of reading and delight in finding the latest release of their favorite book series. Senior school students support their research with scholarly articles from academic research databases and teachers enhance classroom learning through videos from exclusive online streaming services. In addition to our extensive library of print books, Pickering College staff and students have 24/7 access to online resources from EBSCO Information Services, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Sora e-books, and more. Our librarian delivers entertaining story times that tie into the curriculum and school values, as well as lessons on how to conduct proper research and use the library. Pickering College library staff promote a love of reading, and they are committed to creating a diverse collection of resources that support the school’s goals of diversity, equity, and social justice.
The Arthur Garrett Dorland Friends Historical Research Collection
The Arthur Garrett Dorland Friends Historical Research Collection (Canadian Quaker Archives) holds over 5000 titles of non-circulating books, journals, newspapers, and pamphlets dating from the late 1600s to today. This special collection is located next to the Learning Commons at Pickering College. Currently the archives are not operating as usual however, an inventory can be found at quaker.ca/archives/our-collection. For genealogical information, many public libraries provide free access to www.ancestry.ca.
Transcriptions of early records and historic journals are also available on the Canadian Friends Historical Association website.