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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Wesley Christian Academy

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1842

     

    1988


     

    Enrolment

     

    440

     

    350


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler to 8


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    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.
     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    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”.
     
    Rigorous
    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”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    18 to 20

     

    15 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    Accelerated curriculum


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Reggio Emilia
    Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
    If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.
     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $26,520 to $32,130

     

    $9,880 to $12,200


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

    $63,855 to $67,075

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    29

     

    27


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    26%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Wesley Christian Academy

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College was founded as the West Lake Seminary by Quakers in 1842 and, as you might expect, has had a long and interesting history since. Canada became a dominion, the school amalgamated, some buildings burned down, others were built up. It began as a co-ed school, something unique at the time, and as such provided an expression of the Quaker ideal that both sexes should be educated equally. It was also the first school in North America to offer a course in typewriting, symbolic of the school's desire to encorporate new ideas and technologies, and to educate students with an eye to the world they would enter upon graduation. Times of course have changed, though certainly many of the values that the school upholds today reflect those with which it was founded, including a desire to embrace new ideas and to support a diversity of interest. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a supportive yet challenging academic environment.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Pickering College

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    "...encouraged by their teachers to develop their learning skills."
    Amy Wang - Parent   (Dec 13, 2018)
    My sons are always happy in the school. They have got the teachers’ help on their academics and ma...
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    "I believe that the teaching at Pickering College is one of the strongest features of the school."
    Shyam Subramanyam - Student   (Mar 08, 2021)
    As of writing this review, I am currently a grade 10 student at Pickering College. I began my journe...
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    "...opportunities to mature, develop and demonstrate ownership, accountability, and responsibility."
    Sonya Bonerath - Parent   (Mar 22, 2021)
    My daughter and son started their studies at Pickering College in grades 7 and 9. My daughter's joy ...
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    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    "Each year we can see [our daughters'] transformation and maturing because of the mentoring and care at Wesley."
    Amy Yeung - Parent   (Aug 22, 2018)
    I have three daughters at WCA, For all 3 of them, their teachers have been the highlight of their ...
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    "It has been amazing to witness ... [our children's] desire to learn, and their love for school."
    Valerie Wong - Parent   (Sep 05, 2018)
    I have three daughters and a son who attend Wesley Christian Academy. Prior to coming to Wesley two...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College was founded as the West Lake Seminary by Quakers in 1842 and, as you might expect, has had a long and interesting history since. Canada became a dominion, the school amalgamated, some buildings burned down, others were built up. It began as a co-ed school, something unique at the time, and as such provided an expression of the Quaker ideal that both sexes should be educated equally. It was also the first school in North America to offer a course in typewriting, symbolic of the school's desire to encorporate new ideas and technologies, and to educate students with an eye to the world they would enter upon graduation. Times of course have changed, though certainly many of the values that the school upholds today reflect those with which it was founded, including a desire to embrace new ideas and to support a diversity of interest. The ideal student is one who will thrive in a supportive yet challenging academic environment.

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Not all Christian schools are created the same, and Wesley is one that builds from the values of the Christian faith, using them to inform the delivery of the curriculum and the lived experience of the school. The school began as a pre-school program in 1988 and has grown since then, including a move into an expanded facility in 2004. Today the size of the school is at the mean for Canada, with approximately 350 students. It’s small enough to maintain a close, connected feel throughout the school, while large enough to allow for a full spectrum of curricular and extra-curricular programming. Families who enroll here are drawn by the strength of the academic offering, the breadth of programming, and the attention to personal and interpersonal development.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Wesley Christian Academy

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Highlights

    Highlights

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Founded in 1842, Canada's only Quaker-founded school
    • Global Leadership Program Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12
    • Reggio-inspired JK to Grade 3
    • 100% university placement
    • Extensive co-curricular program
    • Zoom tours: https://www.pickeringcollege.on.ca/admission/book-a-tour
    • Open Houses: Oct 23 at 10:00 am, Jan 12 at 6:30 pm, Jan 15 at 10:00 am, Feb 16 at 6:30 pm

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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    Description

    Description

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    At Pickering College, our fully-integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) inspires students to become agents of courageous, ethical and positive change with the confidence, knowledge and skills to shape the future. Our co-educational day and boarding school of 440 students, just 40 minutes north of Toronto, is a safe and respectful community where everyone feels a strong sense of belonging. From JK to Grade 12, small classes ensure individualized attention. Enhanced by the use of technology, we provide unique, enriched and meaningful learning opportunities. Our diverse co-curricular programs include athletics such as soccer, basketball, hockey, softball, skating, snowboarding, skiing, equestrian, tennis, volleyball and mountain biking. Students can participate on one of Canada’s only CRTC-licensed high-school operated radio stations, instrumental and vocal music, and a range of clubs such as our Debate Team and Youth Action Organization. Our students experience a school that is intimate in size and global in perspective. Students choose Pickering College because of our strong school community and exceptional academic and co-curricular programs. Our graduates leave us to attend the university of their choice, prepared to make a difference in the world.

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    At WCA, our preschool encourages inquiry and exploration, but we give children a head start by developing competency through phonics and math. For those in Grade 1-8, we use selected Ontario Curriculum with supplementary materials that may exceed Ministry requirements. This is balanced with sports, music, and drama clubs. All of this rests on a strong foundation formed with daily Bible classes and a weekly chapel service. As Christians, we will share our beliefs but we also warmly welcome families from ALL faiths.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Wesley Christian Academy

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Message

    Pickering College is a very special place. Founded in 1842, we are a place that has a tradition of academic excellence based on almost 175 years of pioneering and original teaching and learning. Yet we are also a place that has a compelling and exciting future guided by a focus on innovation and creativity in a global context. It is this strong foundation and clear vision that allow us to prepare our students to be citizens and leaders in the 21st century.

    Throughout this profile, you will learn about the school and the programs we offer in a co-educational setting, that welcomes day students from our local communities  (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12) and international students from around the world (Grades 7 to 12).

    I think what will really strike you is the degree to which students and teachers work together to create the learning experience. Our school is successful, and has always been successful, because our teachers create a caring, compassionate, safe yet challenging environment in which our students feel empowered to take risks and are encouraged to lead. Truly, we are a school unlike any other.

    If you are looking for a deeper educational experience for your child – an experience that sees and inspires the unique inner potential of every student – then I encourage you to start here. If you are looking for a broader educational experience for your child that uncovers all aspects of their unique talents and gifts – academic, artistic, athletic and altruistic – then I encourage you to proceed through these pages. And, if you are looking

    for a richer educational experience – focusing on values, character, leadership and creating the future – then I encourage you to come to Pickering College, visit and understand for yourself why our school is so extraordinary.

    Peter C. Sturrup
    Headmaster

    Walk through the doors of Wesley Christian Academy and you will immediately feel that this is some place special. The chatter of busy children, the encouraging and wise quotations on the walls and the faces of caring, exceptionally qualified, and dedicated educators are but a few of the differences.

    We are committed to providing all the necessary components to help each child reach his or her potential. An outstanding curriculum complemented with music, arts, physical education, and studies in foreign languages enrich the program. In order to develop a strong moral character, there must be a yardstick to measure it against. For us, our measure is based on Biblical Christian values.

    Our success is evident in the lives of our many graduates who have gone on to attend some of the finest universities in Canada and abroad. Each story of these fine young men and women encourages us to continue to inspire, educate and love each student. Our future depends on their future. We are dedicated to ensuring that their future has every opportunity we can give. Come and see why Wesley is a purposeful choice.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Wesley Christian Academy

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Pickering College is an independent boarding (Grades 7 to 12) and day (Kindergarten to Grade 12) school for boys and girls in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada. Our programs offer unique opportunities in academics, arts, athletics, global leadership development and community service. • 100% university placement at top universities in Canada and around the world • Fully integrated Global Leadership Program (JK to Grade 12) • Dedicated and caring teachers who are specialists in their field • Challenging and engaging academic curriculum • Full recreational and competitive co-curricular program • Safe and supportive nurturing environment • Dynamic boarding program • Small class sizes and personalized attention at every grade

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      We offer a time tested effective curriculum with strength in language arts and mathematics. We have specialized teachers for music, physical education, and French. Our program is faith based and offers a Biblical world view.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Wesley Christian Academy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal Balance

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Building a strong foundation through repetition and drills ensures that students are well prepared to apply the new concepts in various situations that challenge them with higher order thinking skills as demonstrated in the performance tasks.


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Calculators are permitted in the intermediate grades.

      • Early Reading

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Wesley Christian Academy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Balanced Literacy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Phonics-intensive


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Reading instruction begins by teaching students the sounds and syllables associated with each letter. Students participate in guided reading groups and independent reading programs to enhance their fluency, accuracy and comprehension.


        DIBELS testing

      • Writing

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Wesley Christian Academy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal balance

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Systematic approach


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The systematic approach to teaching beginner writing focuses on directly imparting explicit sentence construction strategies, along with planning, revising, and editing skills. Students are asked to learn these explicit strategies and skills and practice them before applying them in more holistic writing assignments. Grammar and parts of sentences tend to have a central role in systematic writing instruction.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Writing instruction begins with understanding basic concepts of sentence structure and the various parts of speech. As the students progress, they are given more opportunity to apply their skills in creative pieces as well as practical assignments.

      • Science

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Wesley Christian Academy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Inquiry


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Expository science is the more traditional method of teaching science: students learn scientific facts, theories, and the relationships between them through direct instruction by the teacher. These programs still incorporate hands-on experimentation and “live science”; however, relative to inquiry-based programs, expository science tilts towards content mastery and knowledge acquisition. Direct instruction ensures this acquisition process is efficient. Textbooks are emphasized (starting in earlier grades than inquiry-based programs), as are knowledge tests: students are asked to demonstrate they have thoroughly learned the content of the course, and can apply that knowledge to novel and challenging problems or questions.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations are followed throughout the grades as they relate to God’s world and understanding that God created the earth and all that is in it. Students are given opportunities to apply their knowledge in hands-on experiments as they develop their problem solving skills through scientific inquiry.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        PICKERING COLLEGE

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

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Wesley Christian Academy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Social Justice


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        In social justice- inspired programs, literature is not viewed as something to be merely decoded and “appreciated”: rather, it is viewed as a catalyst to social action. Choice of texts tends to favour contemporary works. If a classical text is used, it’s often in the context of social deconstruction: students are asked to critically examine possible prejudices and historical narratives inherent in the work. Like in traditional literature programs, students are often asked to engage in class discussion and critical essay writing, but more time might also be devoted to cooperative group projects and personal reflections. The goal is to teach students to think critically about what they read, while becoming intellectually and physically engaged in the social issues pertaining to their wider community.

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Students study a variety of literature throughout the grades.


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Wesley Christian Academy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Expanding Communities

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations are followed throughout the grades. Students learn to explore and analyze the ways in which they can contribute to society as well as their role in their family, community, province, country and the world.

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Wesley Christian Academy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Students in grade 7 and 8 follow the Ontario Ministry of Education curriculum expectations for both history and geography. The history program studies early Canadian history. The geography program focuses on the world around them and how students can become responsible citizens. Students learn to analyze evidence in order to evaluate and compare past events and situations with present day events and situations.

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Wesley Christian Academy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Through real-life situations students learn how to read, write and speak in the French language. The French program teaches the students an appreciation for the French culture. The Biblical aspect is incorporated into the French program through the memorization of Bible verses and the use of worship songs.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Wesley Christian Academy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The arts curriculum focuses on music, visual arts and drama. All students participate in the music program. In grade1, and 2 students learn an appreciation for music through a focus on rhythm and vocal skills. In grade 3 students begin to apply their knowledge as they learn the ukulele. In grade 4, students learn to play the recorder. In grades 5-8, students meet the curriculum expectation in music through their learning of band instruments. In visual arts, students use a variety of forms of media as they learn about the principals and elements of art.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Wesley Christian Academy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Heavy integration

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The use of technology is incorporated into many aspects of the students’ learning. Students have weekly media classes in which they learn to use various technologies and programs. There are SmartBoards in classrooms to assist and support student learning. Students are taught to use technology in a responsible manner.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Wesley Christian Academy

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Physical literacy is desired in all students through our co-curricular program in addition to the Physical Education courses. Outdoor education is an important component of our curriculum.

        WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

        The Physical Education program follows the Ontario curriculum expectations. It focuses on learning movement skills through cooperative games and developing students confidence, skills and interest in being physically active. The health portion of the program is guided by the Ontario curriculum in keeping with the values of the school.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Wesley Christian Academy

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


      Approach

      Approach

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Reggio Emilia


      Our Take

      Our Take

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Reggio Emilia programs aim to develop curiosity and problem-solving skills through the liberal use of “projects”, (as opposed to “activities” or “lessons”). Teachers design projects for children around their demonstrated interests. Projects can be geared to an individual student, a small group of students, or the class as a whole. Projects can last from a few days to the whole year. Art is strongly emphasized and is typically incorporated into every project. Teachers actively participate in projects alongside students, rather than sitting back and observing. A high degree of parent involvement is also encouraged, particularly when forming curriculums and project plans (which happens throughout the academic year).
      If you want to learn more about Reggio Emilia education, check out our comprehensive guide.

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Our Reggio inspired program at Pickering College, offers a dynamic, nurturing and positive learning environment where your child’s curiosity is stimulated, leadership skills are cultivated, and fun-filled interactive learning is meaningful and focused. Small class sizes provide an ideal setting for building a foundation for lifelong learning, as students develop confidence, social conscience and acquire the skills and knowledge for success.

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Our school embraces the concepts of How Does Learning Happen by encouraging inquiry, exploration and well being. We foster a sense of expression and life long learning. We believe firmly in giving children the tools they need to develop competency in literacy and numeracy and therefore begin phonics and mathematics in preschool. We teach both manuscript and cursive writing and promote a sound set of foundations on which to build future learning.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Wesley Christian Academy

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


      Pace

      Pace

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      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.

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).


      What the school says

      What the school says

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Wesley Christian Academy

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


      Culture

      Culture

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      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”.

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      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 the school says

      What the school says

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Wesley Christian Academy

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


      Primary

      Primary

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

      WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

      We strive to nurture the whole child. We build a program that meets the needs of the students intellectually, physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Pickering College

    Wesley Christian Academy

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Wesley Christian Academy

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Pickering College students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12 participate on CHOP FM. Junior School students produced their own Global Leadership Program radio shows on CHOP FM with topics ranging from environmentalism to science and technology.
    • The Queen’s National High School Debating Championships is widely recognized as the most prestigious university tournament in Canada. This year, there were over 200 competitors representing schools from Vancouver to Nova Scotia. Competing in six rounds of debate, our students used their critical thinking abilities and stamina to showcase the skills they have learned from our debate program.
    • Pickering College’s swim team achieved Gold and Silver in two events and placed in the top 10 in several others at the Ontario high school swimming championship, OFSAA.
    • The Senior Jazz Band traveled to the renowned Canadian Rocky Mountain Music Festival in Banff. The group had successfully auditioned last year for this coveted spot, and did not disappoint. The revie

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    • Our Wesley Wildfire sports teams compete in a range of ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) sports tournaments. Here are some of the highlights from the 2014-2015 school year: Jr. Volleyball (Div. B) Champions, Sr. Girls Volleyball (Div. B): 3rd Place, Sr. Boys Volleyball (Div. B): 3rd Place, Jr. Boys Basketball (Div. B) Champions, Sr. Girls Basketball (Div. B) Champions, Sr. Badminton (Div. A) Champions, Swimming (Div. B) - 2nd Place (Team). In addition to intramural and school team sports, all students at Wesley are part of a leadership team to enhance and support aspects of our school and community at large. This includes teams such as the Environmental Committee, Recycling, Design and Decor (to update and beautify school bulletin boards and public space), Prayer Leaders, Caring Team (to send cards and prayers to those in need), Chapel Team, etc.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    100%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8


     

    Boarding entry years

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    No


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades JK - 6

     

    Yes: grades SK - 8


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Pickering College is truly a special place for students from Canada and around the world (Boarding from Grade 7 to Grade 12). It is a place where our students and families tell us that they feel warmly welcomed and accepted from the first day that they arrive; where students come to make friendships that last a lifetime and where they feel supported to pursue their dreams. Our programs offer unique opportunities in academics, arts, athletics, leadership development and community service. Our Global Leadership Program, fully integrated from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, builds on our longstanding mission and community service-oriented approach to education. The Global Leadership Program prepares students with the skills needed to be innovative, entrepreneurial, globally-focused and ready to tackle complex global issues. Pickering College is building future global leaders by providing a values-based education that helps students to develop the confidence, knowledge, skills and social conscience to prepare them for university and for life. At Pickering College we focus on the whole child. Students learn to excel, to develop character, to make friends and prepare for future endeavours and opportunities. It’s their community, and the experiences they have at school shape them as they become citizens of the world.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    • Application form (available online)
    • Report cards for current school year and final report cards from previous three years (Ontario residents in Grades 9 and up must also submit Ontario Student Transcript)
    • Student Essay
    • Birth certificate for Canadian applicants
    • Passport copy for International applicants
    • Wallet size photo
    • Teacher Confidential Report, sent in confidence, direct to Pickering College
    • Admission interview (child selects a sample of a graded assessment/project they have completed or an activity they participated in that they are particularly proud of and would like to share and explain during the interview)
    • Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6: academic assessment at Pickering College
    • Grades 7 to 12: After admission interview, candidates will be advised if additional assessment is necessary
    • Non-native English speakers: TOEFL Junior score is required

    WESLEY CHRISTIAN ACADEMY

    If you are interested in applying for admission to Wesley Christian Academy and Early Learning Centre, please submit the following to the Admissions Office for each student in your family for whom you are applying:

    • A completed Application Form;
    • The non-refundable Application Fee of $200.00 for the Elementary School, or $100.00 for the Early Learning Centre, per child;
    • A copy of the Birth Certificate; and
    • A copy of the Report Card.

    Upon receipt of same, we will contact you to arrange for an interview with you and your child, which may include an assessment.  The interview and assessment will form part of our application review.

    If an offer of admission is made to your child, we will require a non-refundable Registration Deposit of $1,000.00 for Elementary School, or $400.00 for the Early Learning Centre and a non-refundable Enrolment Fee equivalent to the first month’s tuition, along with nine post-dated cheques for the balance of the tuition (or preauthorized payment form and void cheque), in order to secure his/her registration.

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Henry (Hal) Jackman (1945)
    His Honour Henry Jackman is a well-known figure in Canadian business and entrepreneurial circles. Additionally, "Hal" Jackman, as he is more widely known, was the 25th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
    Gabrielle Daleman (2016)
    Gabrielle "Gabby" Daleman, a Canadian figure skater, was the 2017 World bronze medalist and represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.



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