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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1842

     

    1982


     

    Enrolment

     

    440

     

    570


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day, Boarding

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French


     

    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."
     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    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.
     
    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.

     

    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

     

    18 to 22


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $26,520 to $32,130

     

    $18,560 to $24,560


     

    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

     

    95


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    26%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    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

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    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.
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    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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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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    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    "...the teachers at WIC are effective communicators inside and outside of their classrooms"
    Jing Li - Parent   (May 22, 2020)
    We have two sons in WIC, both of whom started from grade seven. My older son is graduating in June 2...
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    "WIC provided me with a very balanced set of opportunities that helped me thrive academically in university"
    Adam Broniewski - Alumnus   (May 29, 2020)
    My time at West Island College (WIC) was incredibly memorable and has been influential in shaping me...
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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.

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    West Island College was founded in Montreal in 1974, and was intended to provide a strong bilingual option for families living on Montreal’s West Island. The program there provided a foundation, and a name, for West Island College in Calgary when it was established in 1982. That said, the school quickly established its own independent operations and identity. As such, it was free to build and grow to meet the needs of its students, and it certainly has. The international programs are robust, as are the language programs, all of which contribute to the overall culture of the school. It’s a very interactive, engaging environment, one that requires a lot of the students who attend while also providing the support they need to succeed. The ideal student is one who shares the school’s foundational values and can thrive in a very active and engaging student environment.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    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

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    • French Immersion studies
    • Enriched French and Spanish studies
    • Institutes in Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Fine Arts
    • Advanced Placement program
    • Outdoor education
    • International travel studies
    • Music/Band program
    • Intramurals and sports teams
    • Kinesiology
    • Leadership and Service work

    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.

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Located in Calgary, Alberta, West Island College (WIC) is a premier, independent university preparatory school. Open to students in Gr. 7 - 12, WIC offers English and French Immersion programs. At WIC, students are inspired to pursue excellence in academics, leadership, athletics and global awareness preparing them for success in the future. WIC strives to fulfill its mission to empower each student to thrive, contribute and live a healthy, purposeful life. Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Ready.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Pickering College

    PICKERING COLLEGE

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    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

    Finding the right school is one of the most important decisions you will make, one that will have a profound impact on the rest of your life. I believe West Island College provides great opportunities for your family.

    The College has a long tradition of success based on core values and on the shared commitment to a vision of involving each student in unparalleled, relevant and diverse opportunities. We also encourage students to follow their passions. It is in this environment that students can explore their own creativity and leadership, and where they can achieve their full potential. In the West Island College environment, students, faculty, parents and community members together create a culture of caring, a culture of commitment and a culture of community.

    We pride ourselves on innovative teaching, activity-based learning, leading edge technology, and unparalleled global awareness experiences. We are committed to ensuring our students have access to an exceptional education which will serve them well in their future endeavours. We also aim to have some fun along the way! With more than 30 years of success in Calgary, West Island College has a proven track record of innovation, growth, success and leadership. Come and discover what inspires you!

    West Island College is a place where teachers truly care about students, where parents are involved in all aspects of their child’s education, and where students are engaged in tangible ways in their own learning. West Island College is a place where we can develop the best in each of us. I encourage you to discover the possibilities at WIC.

    Come and visit us; I am confident you will be inspired by what you find.


    Gord Goodwin
    Interim Head of School and CEO
    West Island College

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      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.

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      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

      WEST ISLAND 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

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      At West Island College incredible opportunities happen every day, in an environment where learning is tailored to each individual student; where relationships are nurtured through effective teamwork and collaboration; and where students are immersed in a community of enthusiastic learners. West Island College emphasizes respect, responsibility and citizenship. We believe that inspiring our students to pursue excellence in academics, leadership, athletics and global awareness prepares them for success in the 21st century. In addition to exceptional teachers, an Advanced Placement Program, Fine Arts Certificate, outstanding athletics, small class sizes and an extensive co-curricular program with leadership opportunities, WIC offers courses in French (Immersion or Second Language) and Spanish and an International Languages Certificate. From our International Studies program and authentic student leadership opportunities to Outdoor Education and WIC’s Business, Health Sciences and Engineering Institutes, students are challenged to go beyond their comfort zones and discover what experiential learning really means.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal Balance

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        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

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Inquiry

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        WIC has a full time Science technician on hand to assist the teachers with preparing experiments. Thus ensuring steady hands on activities at all grade levels.


        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

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        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

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Social Justice

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available


        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

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Expanding Communities

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Equal Balance

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Communicative


        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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        20% of the school is a French Immersion track. Offering 60% French language classes in the Junior School and 40% in the Senior School. We also offer 125 hours of French or Spanish second Language instruction yearly to the Junior school students. French and Spanish language instruction (along with French immersion) is offered through Grade 12 Most students also complete the DELE or DELF A and B levels.


        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

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        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

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Heavy integration

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        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

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Technology is available in most non movement classes. Including Ipads, Macbooks and PCs. All classes have wireless and teaching presentation stations. Technology is used as a tool in most classrooms, courses. Specific technology units taught at various grades, in multimedia, programming, app development, 3D design and printing, game design, html, website development.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Pickering College

        PICKERING COLLEGE

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Daily phys ed is provided in the Junior School. Mandatory phys ed to Grade 10. We also provide PE 20 30, Sports Performance and Sports Med classes.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Approach

      Approach

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Reggio Emilia

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      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.

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched

      WEST ISLAND 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.

      WEST ISLAND 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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Independent and accelerated studies are offered on a case by case basis.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      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”.

      WEST ISLAND 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”.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      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."

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Pickering College

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      PICKERING COLLEGE

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

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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


      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."

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      PICKERING COLLEGE

      Information not available

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Pickering College

    West Island College

    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

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


    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

    WEST ISLAND 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


    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

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    • WIC offers a leading edge Institute program offering a certificate that includes many experiential opportunities in Engineering, Business, Health and Life Sciences. As well as International Language and Fine Arts opportunities
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    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

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades JK - 6

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    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.

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Hard worker, highly motivated to do well at school, willing to participate in extracurricular activities.

    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

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Please note  we will accept the SSAT instead of our locally offered entrance exams.  Choose West Island College as a recipient in the SSAT online tool.

  • 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.

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Manjit Minhas (1998)
    Owner of Minhas Craft Brewery. And Current Dragon on CBC's Dragon Den



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