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UWC Canada

   
650 Pearson College Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V9C 4H7

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Curriculum:
Progressive,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
12-13 (Coed)
Tuition:
$1 to 58,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
6 to 16
Enrolment:
Boarding: 200 (Gr. 12-13)

School Address
650 Pearson College Drive, Victoria, British Columbia, V9C 4H7

About this school:

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The UWC global movement is comprised of 17 schools, including Canada's most international school, Pearson College. Students are selected to attend from over 150 countries. Following a merit-based selection process, UWC aspires to meet the demonstrated financial need of all students, and we offer more financial aid than other international schools. This helps ensure our schools are diverse in every sense, which is key to fulfilling our mission to make education a force for peace and sustainability in the world. — Visit school website




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The Our Kids review of UWC Canada

our takeUnited World College (UWC) was founded by Kurt Hahn in 1962, inspired by his experience as a German Jew during the war years. He had had a front row seat to all the ways in which societies can fail, often principally, he felt, by being too insular. As an educator, he hoped to play a role in changing that. The goals of the school are as grand as they are affective, including, says David Hawley, past head of UWC Canada, that of “preventing what happened with World War II from ever happening in the future." Hahn hoped to educate people about their place in the world, to appreciate the diversity of the global population through direct experience, and to understand the power of their voices within a multitude of voices. The first school was founded in Wales, the second being Pearson College in 1974 and named to honor Lester Pearson’s leadership. There are now 17 UWC schools dotting the globe, and in all the goal is to bring people from around the world together, including those from cultures and countries that may be in conflict. Students arrive very consciously bringing their experience with them, and they enter a community of like-minded individuals who, like them, are interested in taking a leadership role in their communities, whatever they may posit them to be. The ideal student is one who is able to thrive in an engaging, diverse, challenging academic and social environment.





Principal's Message

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Jens Waltermann, UWC Executive Director

My UWC journey started as a student at Pearson College in 1983. I can genuinely say, that experience laid the foundation for everything that followed. I chaired the German National Committee from 2008 and from 2010 onwards, I worked with our partners, the Bosch Foundation, on building UWC Robert Bosch College. I think it is fair to say that I have seen the UWC movement from different angles.

As Executive Director, I look to the future with optimism. UWC – already a leader in the field of transformational education – can have an even greater impact in the years to come and we can all play a part in this success.


Academics


Curriculum Progressive, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Progressive

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate


What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: The education we offer is driven by seven principles inspired by renowned educationalist Kurt Hahn. 1) Education should take place within a diverse college community that reflects the wide range of tensions among and between people. 2) Education requires active promotion of intercultural understanding and the development of genuine concern for others, founded on shared life experiences, and cooperative and collaborative living. 3) Physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle are integral to developing a balanced person. Unhealthy lifestyles limit human potential. 4) Community interaction is at the heart of college/school life. 5) Students should be able to take positive action around issues of sustainability on both an institutional and individual level. 6) Students must have opportunities to practice personal initiative, self-discipline and responsibility, and to manage risk and embrace challenges. 7)Recognition is given to the fact that individuals possess unique talents and abilities. Programmes must exist which help students fulfill their potential.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:
    Focus Special needs
    Academic Gifted


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics
    • What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Science
    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature
    • What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences
    • What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: This information is not currently available.


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: This information is not currently available.


    Computers and Technology
    • What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: This information is not currently available.


    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)

      Group 2 (Language B)

        Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)

          Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)

            Group 5 (Mathematics)

              Group 6 (The Arts)

              Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow British Columbia curriculum
              Topics covered in sex and health education:
              This school only begins in Gr. 12.
              Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in British Columbia
              Body parts K
              Nutrition K
              Human development K
              Puberty Gr. 4
              Sexual health and hygiene
              Reproduction
              Pregnancy
              Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 6
              Sex and decision-making Gr. 8
              Contraception Gr. 6
              Consent Gr. 12 Gr. 8
              Sexual orientation Gr. 12 Gr. 6
              Gender identity Gr. 12 Gr. 6
              Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 8
              Relationships and intimacy Gr. 5
              Bias and stereotyping about sex
              Sexual harassment Gr. 12 K
              Body image issues Gr. 4
              Mental illness Gr. 12 Gr. 7
              Social justice and diversity Gr. 12

              What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: This information is not currently available.

              Approach:
              Mostly value-neutral

              By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


              Fairly value-based

              Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

              Traditional

              This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

              Progressive

              This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


              What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: We help students discover the possibility of change. They learn that they can help to change the world through their courageous action, personal example and selfless leadership. We support young people to reach their intellectual, moral, aesthetic, emotional, social, spiritual and physical potential. All of our schools and colleges share the UWC mission and values. But each operates differently and has a distinct identity based on local resources and opportunities.



              Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

              • Standard-enriched
              • Accelerated
              • Student-paced

              Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

              Flexible pacing:

              Flexible pacing style = offered
              Subject-streaming (tracking)
              Multi-age classrooms as standard
              Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
              Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
              Regular guided independent study opportunities
              Differentiated assessment

              What UWCNCC/Pearson College says about flexible pacing: We are recognised internationally for our distinctive model of education which helps students flourish – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. UWC schools and colleges provide a holistic education for young people guided by a distinguished curriculum: Colleges offer the two-year, pre-university International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme


              Academic Culture Rigorous

              • Rigorous
              • Supportive

              A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

              What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: The academic programme for 16 to 19 year-olds at UWC schools is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Our students benefit from this challenging and balanced academic qualification which is recognized by the world’s leading universities. Our distinctive model of education has deliberate diversity of the student body at its heart.


              Developmental Priorities Social, Balanced

              Primary Developmental Priority: Social
              Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

              Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
              Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

              What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWC schools, colleges and programmes deliver a challenging and transformational educational experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. UWC believes that to achieve peace and a sustainable future, the values it promotes are crucial; International and intercultural understanding. Celebration of difference. Personal responsibility and integrity. Mutual responsibility and respect. Compassion and service. Respect for the environment. A sense of idealism. Personal challenge. Action and personal example.


              Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

              Mild difficulties

              UWCNCC/Pearson College can provide support for mild disablities. UWCNCC/Pearson College does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

              • Academic Support:
                Support Type = offered
                Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
                Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
              • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
                Support Type = offered
                Accommodations
                Modifications
                Extra support

              Gifted Learner Support Dedicated gifted school

              Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

              In-class adaptations:
              Practice = offered
              Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
              Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
              Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
              Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
              Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
              Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
              Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
              Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
              Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

              What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: This information is not currently available.

              Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

              Class Sizes Not available

              This information is not currently available.


              Extracurriculars

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              What UWCNCC/Pearson College says:
              • http://www.pearsoncollege.ca/p/?pgn=News&subpgn=Publications&pn=Publications

              • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
                Baseball
                Basketball
                Football
                Ice Hockey
                Lacrosse
                Rowing
                Rugby
                Soccer
                Softball
                Swimming
                Tennis
                Track & Field
                Volleyball
                Canoeing/Kayaking
                Cycling
                Running
                Sailing
              • Clubs Offered
                Art Club
                Astronomy Club
                Audiovisual Club
                Band
                Chess Club
                Choir
                Community Service
                Computer Club
                Dance Club
                Debate Club
                Drama Club
                Environmental Club
                Foreign Language Club
                Jazz Ensemble
                Math Club
                Musical theatre/Opera
                Outdoor Club
                Outdoor Education
                Photography
                Poetry/Literature club
                Radio club
                Robotics club
                School newspaper
                Science Club
                Yearbook
                Yoga
                Ballet and Classical Ballet

              Tuition & Financial Aid

              Tuition

               
              12
              Boarding $1
              What UWCNCC/Pearson College says: Over 75% of UWC students from Canada attend on full or partial scholarship. Following selection, scholarships are awarded based on financial need to ensure deliberate diversity. Family contributions towards tuition, large or small, are appreciated and help keep the UWC movement strong. See what Canadians typically contribute at www.ca.uwc.org in the "How to Apply" section.

              Need-based financial aid

              Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 12
              Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid75%
              Average aid package size$25,000
              Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid75%
              Total aid available$1,600,000

              Application Deadline:
              November 15, 2017 Repeats annually

              More information:
              ca.uwc.org

              Application Details:

              Canadian students interested in attending any of the UWC schools follow the same application process as those who wish to attend Pearson College.We prefer applicants to be in Grade 11 when they apply. For entry in 2018, this means being in Grade 11 as of September 2017. Applicants should be 16 or 17 years old as of September 2018. Selection is based on merit, financial assistance is available based on need. Up-to-full scholarships are available for students to attend 17 UWC schools around the world.



              Merit based Scholarships

              This information is not currently available.


              Enrollment

              Total enrollment 200
              Average enrollment per gradeN/A
              Average class size6 to 16
              Gender (grades)12-13 (Coed)
              Boarding offered Gr. 12 - 12
              % in boarding (total enrollment)100%
              % in boarding (grade-eligible)100%

              If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


              Student distribution:

              12
              Boarding Enrollment100

              Admission

              Application

              Admissions Assessments:

              Assessment = requiredGrades
              Interview12 - 12
              SSAT
              SSAT (out of province)
              Entrance Exam(s)
              Entrance Essay12 - 12
              Application Fee 

              Application Deadlines:

              Boarding students:
              November 15, 2017


              What UWCNCC/Pearson College says:

              We prefer applicants to be in Grade 11 when they apply. For entry in 2018, this means being in Grade 11 as of September 2017. Applicants should be 16 or 17 years old as of September 2018.

              • Canadian students interested in attending UWC follow the same application process as those who wish to attend Pearson College.
              • Students are required to submit an online application which includes a short essay.  Shortlisted applicants attend an interview and in some regions, an interactive selection camp.
              • As our academic program follows the challenging International Baccalaureate, successful applicants should feel comfortable in an academic environment.
              • Low student-teacher ratios (typically 10-1) allow for a close-knit, supportive, collaborative learning environment. 


              Acceptance

              Acceptance Rate:

              25%

              Type of student UWC Canada is looking for: The UWC program is intense and transformative. To give you a brief idea of the types of students we are looking for, descriptive words include: determined, curious, fearless, ambitious, open, bright, collaborative, disciplined, creative, indefatigable, generous, kind.



              Student Entry Points

              Student Type12
              Boarding Acceptance
              (Acceptance rate)
              50 - 60 (25%)

              University Placement

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              Services = offered
              Career planning
              Internships
              Mentorship Program
              University counseling
              Key Numbers
              Average graduating class size100
              *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
              **Ivy+ placementsN/A

              *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

              **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

              Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): Carleton University Dalhousie University McGill University Mount Allison University Simon Fraser University Trent University Université de Montréal University of British Columbia University of Ottawa UK / Europe Cambridge University (on Blythe Scholarship) Norwegian University of Science and Technology Science Po University College London University of Glasgow USA Brown University Colby College College of Idaho College of the Atlantic Dartmouth University Deep Springs College Earlham College Georgetown University Harvard University Hood College Lewis & Clark University Macalester College Methodist University Middlebury College Northwestern University Pitzer College Princeton University Ringling College of Art and Design St. Lawrence University University of Colorado at Boulder University of Florida University of Kentucky University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Oklahoma Wartburg University Westminster University Williams College
              Schools our students attend (last 4 years): Carleton University Dalhousie University McGill University Mount Allison University Simon Fraser University Trent University Université de Montréal University of British Columbia University of Ottawa UK / Europe Cambridge University (on Blythe Scholarship) Norwegian University of Science and Technology Science Po University College London University of Glasgow USA Brown University Colby College College of Idaho College of the Atlantic Dartmouth University Deep Springs College Earlham College Georgetown University Harvard University Hood College Lewis & Clark University Macalester College Methodist University Middlebury College Northwestern University Pitzer College Princeton University Ringling College of Art and Design St. Lawrence University University of Colorado at Boulder University of Florida University of Kentucky University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill University of Oklahoma Wartburg University Westminster University Williams College

              Notable Alumni

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              Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
              Chrystia Freeland 1986 Chrystia is currently the Minister of International Trade in the Canadian parliament.
              Julie Payette 1982 Julie Payette has completed two spaceflights and served as Chief Astronaut for the Canada Space Agency. She is Canada's Governor General.
              Yuen Pau  Woo 1981 Yuen Pao Woo served as the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He was named to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
              Niki Ashton 2001 Niki Ashton is the New Democratic Member of Parliament for the federal electoral district of Churchill—Keewatinook Aski in Manitoba.
              Evan Adams 1984 Evan Adams is a Canadian actor, playwright and medical doctor. He is the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia.
              Nmesoma  Umenwofor-Nnweze 2017 Nmesoma Umenwofor-Nnweze was one of 15 young leaders named to the Prime Minister's Youth Council in 2016.

              Alumni Highlights

              • From astronauts to CEOs, our more than 60,000 alumni are something we are very proud of. UWC is making a global impact like no other because the UWC movement is about more than just our students’ time at their school, college or programme.

              Stories & Testimonials

              News

              Alumni Stories

              UWC Alumni from Canada and around the world are change-makers who work in every industry and come from every walk of life.  Learn more about how UWC shaped the lives of some noteworthy alumni here and here

               

               

               

              ...



              Canada's Minister of Global Affairs

              Chrystia Freeland is Canada's Minister of Global Affairs.  Attending UWC Adriatic in Italy helped shape her world-view and develop a deep international understanding.  "After I graduated from UWC Adriatic, I did a bachelor’s degree in history and literature at Harvard University, and a master’s at St Anthony’s College, Oxford University, which I attended as a Rhodes Scholar.
               
              I began my career as a journalist as a stringer in Ukraine, writing for the Financial Times, The Washington Post and The Economist. Then I worked as deputy editor of The Globe and Mail, in Toronto, Canada.

              I was the post managing editor of the Financial Times in New York then the deputy editor in London. I have also been an editor of FT.com, a UK news editor, Moscow bureau chief and Eastern Europe correspondent.
               
              In 2000, my book Sale of the Century: the inside story of the second Russian revolution was published.”

              She was appointed to the Cabinet of Canada as Minister for International Trade in November, 2015 and became Minister of Global Affairs in 2016.

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              Associations

              Associations
              • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations
              • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations
              • The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Associations


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              Other Highlights:

              • Finish high school with students from up to 100 countries in one of 17 unique locations around the world.
              • Admission is based on promise and potential. Attendance begins a life-long journey to fulfill the UWC mission for a more peaceful and sustainable future.
              • Pearson College UWC is Canada's most international school. Canada's school for the world.

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