About Us

William Dunbar Public School is located in Pickering, Ontario and serves students in Kindergarten to Grade 8. Our population also includes students in the DDSB Gifted Program for identified students in Grades 4 to 8 who live in Pickering.

Principal’s Message

At William Dunbar Public School, we strive to ensure our students are engaged in an environment focused on high expectations reflecting academic, social and emotional development. We work hard to create a community of leaders, allies and innovative thinkers.

As a staff, we are motivated to sustain the positive culture of kindness within our building - creating a sense of belonging and promoting wellness.

Success, well-being, leadership, equity, engagement and innovation are the guiding principles of the Durham District School Board. At William Dunbar Public School, we value each of these areas and leverage them to create an environment where all students can be successful and heard.

In order to meet the increasing demands of our evolving world, students will require a broad range of skills that support their adaptability. By integrating 21st Century Skills into our programming, students develop key competencies that will equip them to face complex challenges. Known as the 6 C's: Character Education, Citizenship, Communication, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Collaboration, Creativity & Imagination, these pedagogies provide students with animated, authentic learning experiences that foster a growth mindset.

We look forward to working with new and returning families as we strive to make William Dunbar a safe, inclusive and respectful learning environment for all.


To read our Daily Announcements, please click the link below:

William Dunbar Daily Announcements

Extra-Curricular Activities

In addition to outstanding daily academic programming, our team hopes to offer an active extra-curricular program of sports, arts-based activities and clubs that run before, during and after school hours. We believe it is essential to provide our students with multiple opportunities to develop collaborative and leadership skills, both in the classroom and beyond.  

We encourage all students from Primary through to Intermediate to participate actively in a variety of activities to develop new interests, talents and appreciation of others. 

School Community Council (SCC)

William Dunbar is fortunate to have an active and engaged SCC. Members meet regularly to provide advice to our school administration on school initiatives, plan and implement activities that support our school community, and offer opportunities for our families to participate together.  We encourage and welcome new members and hope you will be actively involved.

SCC Executive 2020-2021

Co-Chairs: Katie Coppolino and Shannon Belmore

Treasurer: Paula Ironside

Secretary: Anita Ross

SCC Email: SCC.WilliamDunbarPS@scc.ddsb.ca