Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute

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Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute
Pearson School Crest.jpg
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Interior of the entrance hall of Lester B. Pearson C.I.
150 Tapscott Road
Malvern, Toronto, Ontario, M1B 2L2
Coordinates 43°48′11″N 79°13′33″W / 43.80306°N 79.22583°W / 43.80306; -79.22583Coordinates: 43°48′11″N 79°13′33″W / 43.80306°N 79.22583°W / 43.80306; -79.22583
School type High school
Motto Peace Through Understanding
Religious affiliation(s) Secular
Founded 1978 (1978)
School board Toronto District School Board
(Scarborough Board of Education)
Superintendent Nadira Persaud
School number 4134 / 922498
Principal Denise De Paola
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1327 (2014-15)
Language Canadian English
Colour(s) Black, white, silver and orange                 
Team name Pearson Bengals
Last updated: May 3, 2016

Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute (LBP, Lester B. Pearson CI, LBPCI, or Pearson) is a public high school in Scarborough, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; which teaches grades 9 through 12 under the sanction of the Scarborough Board of Education since 1978. The school now operates under the auspices of the Toronto District School Board.


The LBP is located at 150 Tapscott Road. It is located across from Malvern Town Centre and can be easily accessed by various TTC bus routes. LBP is a school with a multicultural group of students coming from 56 different countries, speaking 42 languages, and practicing 17 different religions. The school attempts to promote appreciation of diversity as inspired by its motto, "Peace through Understanding" taken from the 1957 Nobel Peace Prize speech by Lester B. Pearson. Students and parents place a high priority on education and employability skills. A comprehensive career exploration program assists students in making informed post-secondary decisions.

The Pearson School crest[edit]

The stylized human figures in the outside circle have outstretched arms, symbolizing understanding among the nations of the world. The circular shape represents the world, and contains the dove of peace and Canada’s maple leaf.

Notable Alumni[edit]


  • Advanced placement credits in grade 12 math, chemistry and biology
  • Enriched classes in math and science from grades 9-11, and English in grades 9, 10 and 11
  • The 'STEPS' program offers an additional university credit
  • Specialized high skills major for health and wellness
  • Two and four credit co-op; dual credits that also grant college credits
  • Nighana program: Afrocentric focus in grades 9 and 10
  • Extensive co-curricular and athletic activities, with a wide range of teams, intramural tournaments, clubs, special events and leadership opportunities
  • Numerous student success strategies

Specialist high skills major - health and wellness[edit]

Lester B. Pearson's newest program is the health and wellness specialist high skills major (SHSM). It is a new initiative from the Ministry of Education. This program would allow students to acquire technical knowledge and skills that will assist them in entering a future career of their choice. Pearson students will receive recognition on their high school diploma and a set of industry-recognized certification. This program is recognized by colleges, universities, and employers.

Special programs[edit]

The school has partnered with the University of Toronto and offer a full sociology credit taught by a university professor at Pearson. Successful students receive a university credit that can be used at any university, as well as two high school credits. The music program has also been reinstated. It also offers advanced placement courses in calculus, chemistry and biology. Pearson offers the Nighana program where there is an emphasis on Afro-Canadian history and literature.

Pre- and advanced placement (AP)[edit]

The AP program of Pearson is recognized by universities in both Canada and the United States. One can earn advanced standing at university in mathematics and science through their AP calculus, chemistry and biology courses. Enriched (pre-AP) math, English and science credits are also available in grades 9, 10 and 11.

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