School type: Secondary School (Private)
Age group: 16-19
Number of Students: 200
Year Elected: 2017
In 1974, Pearson College UWC was founded as Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific. Located on a beautiful campus along the shores of the Pacific Ocean at Pedder Bay on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, British Columbia, we are proud that we live and learn on the traditional territory of the Scia’new (Beecher Bay) First Nation. Today, Pearson College is one of 17 UWC (United World Colleges) schools worldwide.
Like all UWCs, the College believes that its mission – "to make education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future" – is transformational. Pearson is a two-year pre-university school for up to 200 exceptional students selected to represent more than 150 countries who live, study, and grow together. Many of these students come from regions of conflict, and many from difficult and challenging economic backgrounds. More than 4,000 students have graduated from Pearson, and today work in a variety of professions in every corner of the world.
The College’s deliberate diversity policy echoes the philosophy of the school’s inspiration, former Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and former Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson’s philosophy of international dialogue leading to international understanding. Students are chosen on merit, not on ability to pay, with more than 90 per cent receiving financial assistance. Most receive full scholarships – thanks to generous donors committed to global education.
Pearson College UWC offers the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, the most recognized and respected high-school diploma in the world. One of the first schools in North America to offer the IB program, The College continues to develop curriculum, such as the IB Marine Sciences course, which has been adopted by the International Baccalaureate Organization for use around the world.
At Pearson, students are offered the opportunity to embrace a whole education – a powerful one that pays equal respect to academics, service, leadership, physical pursuits, creative expression, experiential learning and the lessons of learning and living together.
For more information, please visit www.pearsoncollege.ca