Newmarket Canada
Pickering College

Thank you for considering Pickering College.


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, character and leadership development. We pride ourselves in providing an individualized approach to learning.

  • Day school tuition $18840 - $22326 USD
  • Grades for day school Kindergarten/Year 1 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Year founded 1842
  • Boarding school tuition $45639 - $48692 USD
  • Grades for boarding school 9th Grade/Year 10 -
    12th Grade/Year 13
  • Curricula Advanced Placement
  • Type Co-ed


Ontario Ministry of Education, NAIS, CIS, CAIS, CESI, TABS.

Admissions Information

Admissions Process

Entry Requirements

• Report cards • Student essay • Passport copy or birth certificate • Photo • Teacher confidential report • Standardized testing

Applicant Evaluations

Non-native English speakers: TOEFL Junior or IELTS.

  • First application deadline Rolling
  • Second application deadline Rolling
  • Students can join after the academic year begins No
  • Application fee (domestic) $142 USD
  • Application fee (international) $142 USD


  • Assigns homework Yes
  • Use of technology in the classroom Yes
  • Language of instruction English
  • ELL support Yes
  • Native English teachers Yes
  • Examinations available Advanced Placement - AP

Use of technology in the classroom

Middle School The Middle School provides students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge by focusing on inquiry and experimentation. Students experience deep interdisciplinary learning with activities such as the WaterDocs Action Project. This is an inquiry-based action project that uses filmmaking about local water issues. Students must integrate their learning from Science, Geography, Language, Math, Arts and Technology to complete the project. They also build and wire a model house to demonstrate their understanding of electricity and energy. Research is emphasized in all of the grades and some of the lessons are taught outdoors. Middle School students are able to use Senior School laboratory facilities to complete more complex labs and they are encouraged to learn through experimentation while they analyze data and develop conclusions based on their own work. Senior School Students in the Senior School are taught STEM through engaging, meaningful real world issues. They are encouraged to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems in a collaborative environment. In Mathematics, the Grade 9 program is offered in a blended-learning model, incorporating online learning with class time. There is also the Enhanced Math Program for those who benefit from an accelerated pace of learning. Other highlights in the Senior School include participating in the Big Data Challenge for high school students and various math contests. In Science classes, students are challenged to build generators, catapults, wind or water turbines and complete DNA extraction labs to study genetically modified organisms. Students also have the option of participating in Lego robotics for their co-curricular program.

School Life

  • Sports teams available Yes
  • Do students practice religion at the school No
  • School start time 08:30
  • School end time 16:30
  • Most common nationality CA
  • School provides lunch Yes
  • Supervised care before or after school Yes
  • Uniform required Yes
  • Average class size 18

Living Accommodations

We provide all campers with a safe and supportive place to call home in our residences: Firth House and New House. Campers will be assigned a roommate in comfortable twin-bed study rooms. There are also Common Rooms in each residence for relaxing and socializing. Common Rooms may be used during free time after all school obligations are met. Daily Internet access is provided to allow students to connect with family and friends back home, but is scheduled to ensure that campers get a good night's sleep and are encouraged to practice their English with the other campers. Each student will have a bed, desk, chair, lamp, bookshelf and cupboard with a dresser and drawers. Bathrooms are shared with other students.

Schools Facilities

Pickering College has a large and historic campus located in the small town of Newmarket, just 40 minutes from Toronto. Campers take advantage of Pickering College's sports and athletic spaces through co-curricular programming and evening activities.

School Lunch

Sports Teams

Alpine Skiing, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Mountain Biking, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

University Relations

  • University counseling Yes