Pickering College

About Us

Pickering College is an independent Day and Boarding school for boys and girls from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12. Founded in 1842 as a Quaker school, and established in our current Newmarket location in 1909, the mission of Pickering College is to instill in each individual the ability and responsibility to make the world greater, better and more beautiful than they discovered it. Our vision is to develop innovative, courageous and compassionate global citizens who take action, true to Quaker values.

As part of our Quaker values, we celebrate diversity in all aspects of the school. This is reflected both in our Global Leadership Program and our commitment to a co-educational environment. Our unique approach includes educating and developing the ‘whole child’ through a focus on academic excellence, co-curricular distinction, and character and leadership development. We pride ourselves in providing an individualized approach to learning.

As a school with a long history and deep roots in the local and global community, we recognize and value the educational partnerships we have formed with various organizations to support our academics, in particular our Global Leadership Program. We are extremely proud of these partnerships as they are an acknowledgement from external organizations of the academically rigorous, creative and innovative programming we offer our students. Pickering College is proud to be a UNESCO school in the international Associated Schools Network. Additional partnerships include: I-Think from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto; Global Ideas Institute, Munk School of Global Affairs; we are the only Canadian partner school in the international organization Facing History and Ourselves; EcoSchools Canada; Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority; Critical Thinking Consortium; Samara; and the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. Pickering College is proud to be internationally and locally recognized for the Global Leadership Program and that these transformational partnerships will continue to enrich our work with our students.