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Nearly all primary and secondary schools in the province of Nova Scotia are public schools maintained by the provincial government's Department of Education. While providing guidelines, the government divides administration of public education over seven regional school districts and one province wide school district serving the province's Acadians.
Post-secondary schools consist of the provincial government operated community college system, Nova Scotia Community College and independently managed universities which receive some public funding. (For a list of post-secondary institutions see List of colleges and universities in Nova Scotia.)
There are seven English-language school districts in Nova Scotia:
There is a single province-wide French school district:
A high school in Nova Scotia has typically meant a 'senior high school', referring to a school responsible for the education of students grades 10 to (and including) 12 or grades 9 to 12. A junior high school is typically responsible for grades 7 to 9 or grades 6 to 8, where the latter type is more often called a middle school. Some rural high schools combine junior and senior high schools, providing education for grades 7 to 12.
An elementary school is responsible for the education of students from grade kindergarten (usually referred to in Nova Scotia as "grade primary") or grade 1 to grade 5 or 6. A number of Nova Scotian schools combine elementary or the later grades of elementary with junior high or the earlier grades of junior high to form what is referred to as a consolidated school . (Note: The term 'consolidated' is also confusingly used in the naming of a few elementary schools too in the province). Finally, a few schools have all grades from kindergarten to 12.
In summary prominent patterns by which Nova Scotian grade school students attend school are as follows: 1)elementary school, grades pr to 6; junior high school, grades 7 to 9; high school, 10 to 12 2)elementary school, grades pr to 5; middle school, grades 6 to 8; high school, 9 to 12 3)elementary school, grades pr to 6; junior and senior high school 7 to 12 4)consolidated school, grades pr to 9; high school, 10 to 12 5)elementary school, grades pr to 4; consolidated school, grades 5 to 9; high school, grades 10 to 12.
The following are all the public schools in Nova Scotia listed according to the board by which they are managed, and by county. The numbers provided (in parentheses) refer to the grades of each school, where "pr" refers to primary = kindergarten and "to" entails "including". Next to the grades is given the community each school in located in.
Former Schools in the Eastern Shore - Musquodoboit Valley Region:
The following are private schools in Nova Scotia. The numbers provided (in parentheses) refer to the grades of each school, where "pr" refers to primary = kindergarten, “jp” refers to junior primary and "to" entails "including". Next to the grades is given the community in which each school is located.
Bedford is a former town and current urban community of the Halifax Regional Municipality, in Nova Scotia, Canada. It was an independent town from 1980 to 1996. Bedford is on the northwestern end of Bedford Basin, an extension of the Halifax Harbour, which ends just before Nova Scotia Highway 102 and the Bedford Bypass, next to Lower Sackville. Bedford is at the junctions of Trunks 1, 2, and 7.
Spryfield is an unincorporated suburban community in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It was founded about 1770, by Captain William Spry, who purchased land there and established the settlement with the aid of stationed soldiers from the nearby Halifax garrison. In 1783, he sold the property and returned to England. The name "Spryfield" is also sometimes used to refer to the general area of Halifax's South Mainland, which includes a number of communities along the Herring Cove and Purcell's Cove Roads.
Eastern Passage is an unincorporated suburban community in Halifax Regional Municipality Nova Scotia, Canada.
Lower Sackville is a suburban community of the Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia, Canada. It lies approximately 27 km (17 mi) by road from Downtown Halifax.
Middle Sackville is a suburban community located in the Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia, Canada. The community was named after George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville.
The Eastern Shore is a region of the Canadian province of Nova Scotia. It is the Atlantic coast running northeast from Halifax Harbour to the eastern end of the peninsula at the Strait of Canso.
Portland Estates is a suburban neighbourhood in Woodlawn, an area of eastern Dartmouth in the Halifax Regional Municipality, Nova Scotia. It reaches from Eisener Blvd. in the west, all the way to Portland Hills in the east, and is located to the south of Portland Street.
Strait Regional School Board is a Canadian school board operating 25 schools in eastern Nova Scotia's counties of Richmond, Antigonish, Inverness, and Guysborough.
The Chignecto-Central Regional Centre for Education is a Canadian public school district in Nova Scotia.
The Conseil scolaire acadien provincial is the Francophone school board for Nova Scotia.
The Halifax Regional Centre for Education is the public school district responsible for 136 elementary, junior high, and high schools located in the Halifax Regional Municipality in Halifax County, Nova Scotia, Canada. The current Regional Executive Director is Elwin LeRoux. The district's office is on Spectacle Lake Drive, Dartmouth. The district's stated vision is "to provide a high quality education to every student every day". On January 24, 2018, the provincial government announced would be dissolved and education administered by an appointed provincial council and the board was dissolved on March 31, 2018.
The Annapolis Valley Regional Centre for Education (AVRCE) is the public school district responsible for the approximately 40 elementary, middle level, and high schools in Annapolis County, Kings County, and the West Hants Municipal District of Hants County in Nova Scotia, Canada. The school district was renamed following the dissolution of elected school boards and placing in Nova Scotia in March 2018.
The South Shore Regional Centre for Education (SSRCE) is the public school board responsible for the administration of elementary, junior high, and high school education in Lunenburg County and Queens County in Nova Scotia, Canada. The South Shore Regional Centre for Education was established on August 1, 2004 by an Act of the provincial legislature.
The Tri-County Regional School Board (TCRSB) is the public school board responsible for 23 elementary, junior high, and high schools in Digby County, Yarmouth County, and Shelburne County in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Lockview High School is a high school located in Fall River, Nova Scotia, serving the areas of Fall River, Beaver Bank, Windsor Junction, Waverley, Wellington and a section of Enfield. It opened in 2000, relieving overcrowding at Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford. The building itself is operated by Scotia Learning Centres and is currently being leased to the Halifax Regional Centre for Education.
Millwood High School is a public secondary school in Middle Sackville, Nova Scotia that offers a post-secondary preparation program for students in grades nine through twelve. It is a part of the Halifax Regional School Board, and one of 17 high schools in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The current principal is Stephen Corkum.
Portland Hills is a subdivision in Dartmouth Nova Scotia that is part of the Halifax Regional Municipality. It is located east of Morris Lake and Portland Estates. It formed in 2001-2008 as an extension of the community of Portland Estates along Portland Street. The neighbourhood is home to the Portland Hills Centre, which includes Irish themed pub, Finbars. Running through Portland Hills is Birches Park, which includes the Portland Hills Greenway 2.2 kilometre trail.
Beaver Bank is a suburban community northeast of Lower Sackville on the Beaver Bank Road in Nova Scotia, Canada within the Halifax Regional Municipality. It is about 35 kilometres from the City of Halifax.
Harbour View Elementary School, also called "Harbour View School", is a public school located in the Tufts Cove neighbourhood of north-end Dartmouth, serving about 184 children in the first through sixth grades. The school's preschool program, student services offices, and dental clinic are in the building. The principal is Kim LeBlanc. The school participates in the "Our Healthy School" program of the Halifax Regional Centre for Education.
Duncan MacMillan High School (DMHS) is a P-12 school in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada.