Albert College is situated on an attractive 25-acre campus near the shores of Lake Ontario in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. Belleville is an easy two-hour drive east from Toronto. Belleville (population 49,000) offers city amenities with small-town charm and is known as “The Friendly City”. Since Belleville serves a population base of approximately 200,000 people, its facilities and services are on par with those of a much larger community – featuring Via Rail train service, fine restaurants, cinemas, recreation, a modern hospital, performing arts, music concerts and a variety of shopping centres. The Quinte region has been identified as one of the best areas in Canada in which to live – with its beautiful Waterfront Trail, the magnificent beaches of Prince Edward County, plus the excitement of OHL Hockey
featuring the Belleville Bulls. Belleville’s secure small town setting, coupled with the services normally found in a larger city, is a benefit to students studying at Albert College.
Our Mission: Albert College inspires academic excellence, self-confidence, and sound moral values in a family environment.
Founded in 1857, Albert College is Canada’s oldest co-educational boarding and day school. With over 150 years of experience and excellence in education, Albert College provides an enriched and engaging curriculum from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 / Post Graduate. With an average class size of approximately 15 students, Albert College is a small school where everyone knows your name and students get the attention they need and deserve.
A “home away from home” to students from Canada and over 20 nations, Albert College provides residency to both male and female students beginning in Grade 7. We believe in a well-rounded education and our students embrace Albert’s 5 A’s – Academics, Arts, Athletics, Active Citizenship and Adventure. Our students’ participation in Albert’s 5 A’s sets them apart when applying for university. Albert’s 5 A’s, combined with a close-knit family environment and diverse student body, make living and learning at Albert College a truly unique experience.
“Our school’s focus is providing an education that considers the whole child. There are many different programs offered to students – some have a strict academic focus and others have an arts or athletics emphasis. What “gets us up in the morning” at Albert College is meeting and greeting the whole child and programming in all domains for that child during the day. To us, children are more than simply the sum of their parts.”
– Ric Anderson, Principal, Junior School
J U N I O R S C H O O L
Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6
The Junior School offers a comprehensive academic curriculum for students from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 6. Consistent with the mission of the College, the Junior School provides an inviting family environment, small class sizes, dedicated faculty and staff at two state-of-the-art facilities – The Early Primary Learning Center (E.P.L.C.) and the Parrott Junior School.
The Junior School delivers a program that focuses on the preparation of students for ongoing study in the Middle and Senior Schools. The program is rich and broad, embracing the holistic development of each child. Along with a rigorous core program, students receive daily French classes and regular music instruction by specialist teachers.
“Albert has had a strong effect on me. I have been provided with an exceptional and unique schooling experience. Albert’s small class sizes create a strong family bond and I have many amazing memories. I am armed with a top-notch education and the support of my school, my family and friends.”
– Matt Marinovich, Alumnus
A C A D E M I C S
The Senior School (grades 7 to 12/PG) offers a diverse academic program. The curriculum meets or exceeds the standards set by the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training and is delivered by passionate, qualified teachers many of whom hold specialist qualifications and Master’s degrees. Students and teachers work together in their quest for excellence with post-secondary placement as the ultimate goal.
In Grade 10, students begin planning for their post-secondary options through the Careers course. Students in Grade 11 meet one on one with the guidance department on a regular basis to continue their investigation of post-secondary options and choices. Students in their graduating year are supported by the guidance department throughout the selection, post-secondary placement.
Albert College prides itself on having an extensive arts program comprising theatre, visual art, instrumental music and vocal music. A wide variety of other activities is also offered. These include chess, dance, stained glass, woodworking, paper making, culinary arts and set design.
A R T S
Embrace your creativity
Albert College offers a unique Arts Period built into the academic day. Three times a week all students are involved in artistic classes as part of our co-curricular program. The musical, theatrical and visual arts components of the arts program are taught by faculty members with specialist degrees. These programs are tailored to each student’s abilities to ensure a challenging program. The arts are essential to the development of well-rounded students. Because the College incorporates the arts into the academic day, students have time to participate in other after-school co-curricular activities.
The athletic program at Albert is supported by fine facilities and excellent coaches. Every student participates in athletics. There are essentially no tryouts – every student who wants to play on a team is invited to participate.
AT H L E T I C S
Discover your potential
Our athletes are coached by dedicated staff members who are highly qualified in their respective sports and seemingly tireless in their enthusiasm! Each term there is a wide range of athletic opportunities from which to choose. Some are competitive, some developmental and some simply recreational. Boys’ sports include soccer, rugby, volleyball, basketball, swimming, racquet sports, track and field, fitness, and cross country. Girls can choose from soccer, basketball, volleyball, lacrosse, field hockey, swimming, track and field, fitness, and cross country.
Albert College promotes Active Citizenship by embracing the core values of participation and a caring community. A number of leadership and community service opportunities exist for students to become actively involved. Students are recognized and encouraged with many students achieving more than twice the required 40 hours of community service before graduation.
A C T I V E C I T I Z E N S H I P
Become a global citizen
Students may choose from a variety of active citizenship activities at Albert College, locally and internationally. There are a number of student-organized fundraisers for various projects or organizations – Three Oaks Shelter, Coats for Kids and Hoops for Heart to name a few. In Belleville, there are plenty of opportunities for students to volunteer, including the annual Terry Fox Run, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Gleaners Food Bank, and many more. Each year, students also have the opportunity to participate in an Active Citizenship Trip during March Break. Some of the most recent trips have been to China, Ecuador and Mexico.
The Adventure Program gives students the opportunity to learn outside the classroom, to challenge themselves in areas of uncertainty, to develop personal leadership and teamwork skills, and to create fond memories and wonderful friendships.
A D V E N T U R E
Learn outside the classroom
The adventure program provides a wide variety of options to engage students in both urban and outdoor adventures. Examples of adventure trips include skiing at St. Donat and Mt. Tremblant in Quebec; snowshoeing and dog-sledding; a March Break arts trip to Paris; Algonquin Park canoe trips; trips to various cities in the United States including New York and Boston; touring Ottawa, Canada’s Capital and its Parliament buildings; shopping and theatre trips in Toronto; and the 1,000 Islands boat tour in Kingston.
Albert College offers residency to both male and female students from Grades 7 to 12/Post Graduate. We treat our community of boarders as an extended family that studies, learns, works, plays and grows together.
L I V I N G AT A L B E R T
Make friends for Life
The male residence is located on the main campus while the female residence is a short two-minute walk away. All residences have single or double rooms and common areas with TV/DVD equipment, gaming equipment, lounge furniture, laundry facilities and areas for making light snacks. All residential rooms have Internet access and technical support from our IT Department. A variety of dynamic weekend activities is available for students including movie nights, paintball, dances, shopping trips, birthday and holiday celebrations, sporting events and much more. The residential lifestyle offers many opportunities for boarding students to become leaders among their peers. The residential staff teams are available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week to provide support, friendship, and guidance. In addition, a registered nurse is always available to facilitate all health concerns.
“I am not the same person today that I was before Albert College. I have worked hard and achieved more than I thought was possible. Albert is more than just a school, it is a home and a second family.” – Alyssa LeBlanc, Alumna
A P P LY N O W !
Become a part of our family
Albert College is an extension of your family where we embrace core values of individuality, academic excellence, participation, a caring community, moral and spiritual values, and international understanding. Spend a day with us! We welcome you to tour the school and attend classes to experience our family firsthand. We realize a personal visit is not always possible. Please contact us and we will introduce you to one of our many alumni or current families in your area. We welcome your application and look forward to answering any questions you may have about attending Albert College.