Education in Halifax

Canada is a nation that believes in educating the future generation through quality and accessible education. Students in Nova Scotia participate in provincial, national, and international assessments and examinations throughout their school careers. If you want a great career and a bright future, study in Canada.

Here is a complete guide on everything you need to know about education in Canada and its great province of Nova Scotia. From preschool to middle school and finally, higher education, all your educational questions on how and why you must study in Canada will be answered here!

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Preschools in Halifax

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Preschool is the ideal institution to start your child’s early learning and academics. It is also a great daycare option for working mom’s and dad’s. Most kids attend preschool between the ages of 3 and 5 years old. There are many different types of preschool programs and approaches in Canada. This includes academic, play-based, community-based, and faith-based programs.

Costs of Preschools

Preschool isn’t mandatory in any province in Canada. Moreover, the government provides little funding for preschool, so you’ll likely need to choose a private program. Luckily, private preschool is a lot more affordable than private primary or secondary schools in Canada. Preschool tuition vary between C$450 and C$1300 a month. There are sources of funding and aid to assist financially constrained parents pay for preschool tuition:

  • School subsidies (needs-based financial aid)
  • Support from community organizations
  • Sibling discounts

Top Preschools in Halifax

1. Needham Preschool and Daycare

Needham Preschool and Daycare offers a high quality early learning program that promotes healthy development, by creating a safe and inclusive environment for children. They provide learning opportunities for social, emotional, physical and intellectual development and believe that children “learn through play”. To learn more, click here.

2. Beech Street Preschool

Filled with natural light and wooden furniture, Beech Street Preschool is a welcoming and comfortable place. Each centre accommodates just 28 children on two levels, providing ample space and opportunities for children to develop warm and lasting relationships with friends and teachers in this intimate environment. To learn more, click here.

3. Armbrae Academy

Armbrae Academy is an independent, university preparatory, co-educational, non-denominational day school from Preschool to Grade 12. The school is accredited by CAIS (Canadian Accredited Independent Schools), the first and one of only four independent schools in Nova Scotia. To learn more, click here.

4. Care & Fun Child Care

Passionate Professionals in early childhood education who provide an age-appropriate and Educational Emergent curriculum for your children. Care & Fun believes that each child grows, develops, and learns differently that’s why we follow an Emergent curriculum. To learn more, click here.

5. A Tiny Lab for Early Learning

This is their place to create, to explore, to wonder, to ask questions, to seek answers, to grow, to learn, to laugh, to cry, to experiment, to get messy, to sing, to shout, to problem solve, to take risks and to spend their days. Tiny lab is a play-based, emergent child care centre. To find out more, click here

Primary and Secondary Schools in Halifax

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Did you know?Nova Scotia's school system is comprised of public schools, home schooled students, and private schools.

Public Primary and Secondary Schools

Fun Fact: Over 95% of Canadians choose public school education or their children.

Public schools operate directly under the Minister of Education. They are publicly funded, meaning you don’t pay any tuition fees and the school’s are governed by locally elected school division boards.

What you may need to pay for

  • School trips;
  • Stationary;
  • School supplies, like geometry sets; and
  • guest speaker costs

Canada spends more on education (per capita) than any other country in the G8. Canada’s public schools have been accepting international students since the 1980’s and have well-developed infrastructure and support including ESL (English as a Second Language) instruction and carefully supervised homestay programs.

Typical School Year In Halifax

The school year consist of 195 school days and begins no earlier than September 1st and ends no later than June 30th. Schools in the city offer 13 grades- Grade Primary to Grade 12. Children get a report card several times during the school year that tells you about their progress. Schools sometimes close for one or more days in the winter because of snowstorms or severe cold. If this happens, you will hear about the closing:

  • through the school
  • on the radio
  • on television

Higher Education in Halifax

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Halifax is home to six highly regarded universities and three community colleges providing a full range of high-quality post-secondary options for over 40,000 students from around the world.

With more pubs and clubs per capita than any other city in Canada, the social scene in Halifax is definitely ideal for student life. Locally owned shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants are great treats to keep you busy on the weekends.

The Top Tertiary Institutions in Halifax

  • Atlantic School of Theology
  • Dalhousie University
  • Mount Saint Vincent University
  • NSCAD University
  • Nova Scotia Community College
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • University of King’s College

Did you know? According to the Canadian Occupational Projection System, 60 percent of job growth in Nova Scotia will be tailored for post-secondary graduates.

Dalhousie University

Halifax is home to one of the most prestigious universities. Dalhousie University made it on the list of the Top 10 Best Universities in Canada in 2018.

Dalhousie University is internationally known as one of North America’s most welcoming universities. Founded in 1818, one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 18,800 students from around the world. The university blends transformative academic programs with pioneering research on Canada’s East Coast.

  • A Dalhousie University undergraduate degree in Arts and Social Science is approximately C$ 18458,36 for a full year of study.
  • A Dalhousie University undergraduate degree in Management is approximately C$ 18887, 86 for a full year of study.
  • A Master’s Degree in Medicine at Dalhousie University is approximately C$ 20357, 74 for a full year of study.

The province of Nova Scotia is in need of skilled tradespeople. If you have trade skills in jobs like, electrician, plumber, boiler makers, roofing etc, you can easily migrate to Canada through the Skilled Trades Worker Program. Nova Scotia's education and apprenticeship system can help you get the training and experience you need to become a professional, skilled tradesperson.