Each student at Pickering College is a member of a “boarding family” of approximately 10 students, headed up by one of our associate faculty members who are recent university graduates interested in pursuing a career in education. Each boarding family, including the associate faculty member, live together in Firth House (girls’ residence) or New House (boys’ residence).
The boarding family works to support each student’s social and emotional well-being through shared outings, activities, games and celebrations. In the evening program, students learn the skills necessary to live independently and to successfully transition to residence life at university. The associate faculty Family Head communicates regularly with their students’ parents and academic advisors while also providing guidance, support and encouragement to the students in his or her family.