Albert College (Belleville, Ontario)
|160 Dundas St West
Belleville, Ontario, K8P 1A6, Canada
|Head of School||Keith Stansfield|
|School type||Private Elementary school and high school|
|Grades||Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 and Post-Graduate|
|Campus||Located near the Bay of Quinte and downtown Belleville|
|Motto||Paci Artibusque, Pacis Faveo
I favour peace and the arts of peace
Albert College is a co-educational independent boarding and day school in Belleville, Ontario, Canada. It is the oldest co-ed independent school in Canada, and the only private school in Belleville. As of 2014, it currently has an enrollment of approximately 300 students from over 20 different countries. The school comprises an Early Primary Learning Centre (Pre-Kindergarten and Junior Kindergarten), a Junior School (Senior Kindergarten to Grade 6), a Middle School (Grades 7 and 8), and a Senior School (Grades 9 to 12 and Post-Graduate), as well as three residences for boarding students.
Boarding students are divided into three residences, which are Baker House, for boys in Grade 7 to 10, Graham Hall, for boys in Grade 11 and 12 and Victoria Manor, for all boarding girls. Albert College is also a day school, meaning that local students, who come mainly from Belleville, as well as the nearby communities of Prince Edward County, Napanee, and Kingston, do not live at the school. They are taken in school vans, or drive to school, every day and return home every evening. Albert College's facilities include a chapel, dining hall, a number of art rooms, and a science wing. Albert College's motto is "Paci Artibusque, Pacis Faveo" ("I favour peace and the arts of peace"), and its mission is, "Albert College inspires academic excellence, self-confidence, and sound moral values in a family environment." Albert College offers a wide range of co-curricular programmes, specialized arts programmes, Advanced Placement courses, and an English Foundation Year for first-year English as a Second Language (ESL) students. In addition to ESL is also offered at Albert College during their annual Summer School programme. Albert College offers a number of varsity and intramural sports, from swimming, lacrosse, and rugby, to basketball, soccer, and others.
Albert College was founded in 1857 by the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) as the Belleville Seminary. The Episcopal Methodists established Albert College at Belleville, Ontario in 1866. In 1861 Albert College became affiliated with the University of Toronto, and in 1866 it received its university charter and was renamed Albert University in honour of Prince Albert. After the MEC merged into the Methodist Church of Canada in 1884, the school federated with Victoria University, stopped offering university credits and became a high school.
A plaque was erected by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, Ministry of Citizenship and Culture on College Hill United Church, 16 North Park Street, in Belleville.
In 1854 the Methodist Episcopal Church, recognizing the need to improve the training of its clergy, began the construction of a seminary on this site. Designed to accommodate 150 residents with classroom facilities for 400 students. Belleville Seminary was opened in July 1857. Under the able direction of its principal, Reverend Albert Carman, the school flourished, producing several eminent graduates. In 1866 it was rechartered as Albert College, an affiliate of the University of Toronto, and five years later it became an independent degree-granting institution. When Victoria College in Cobourg was chosen as official university for the newly formed Methodist Church in 1884, Albert College became a private collegiate. Moved in 1926 to the present location overlooking the Bay of Quinte, it remains a distinguished residential school.
Albert College features several stained glass windows including a three light window (1986) by Robert McCausland Limited.
- Ezekiel Stone Wiggins, known as 'Ottawa prophet', author, scholar, amateur Meteorologist
- Albert College Official website
- Albert College Profile By OurKids.net: Canada's Private School Guide
- Waldo Edward Lovel Smith "Albert College, 1857-1957" (Belleville, Ontario, Albert College, 1957)
- http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext04/tlctd10.txt The Project Gutenberg EBook #6466 of 'The Intellectual Development of the Canadian People, A historical review' by John George Bourinot, House of Commons, Ottawa, February 17th, 1881
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