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To find out more about an independent education and to discuss whether it is an investment that is right for your family, please contact us. We'd be pleased to have you and your child visit us to explore our classrooms and discover our love of learning.

Fees listed below are for the first child in your family attending Halifax Independent School. Please contact the school to discuss multiple enrollments in Primary — Grade 9, some of which are eligible for discount

Pre-primary Fees for 2017 — 2018
Full Day 9am – 4:00pm
5 days per week: $11,571 (hot lunch and snacks, provided)

Bond Policy Exemption for Pre-primary: Every family at the school contributes to the future of Halifax Independent School by paying a bond at the outset of their relationship with the school. Families who have children entering only the Littles class pay $500, one-fifth of the full bond. Bond paid as a part of a pre-primary enrolment is non-refundable but can be converted into a refundable bond as a part of progression into our grade school programme. 

Download the Pre-primary application form


Elementary Tuition & Fees for 2017 — 2018
Full Day 9am – 3:15pm
Tuition: $11,145 + Activity Fee $666
Refundable Bond (payable over your family’s first two years at Halifax Independent School) $2500
Childcare is available before school from 8am to 9am and after school from 3:15-5:30pm at an extra cost.

Download the Primary application form
Download the Elementary application form


Middle School Tuition & Fees for 2017 - 2018
Full Day 9am – 3:25pm
Tuition $11,145 + Activity Fee $666 + Enrichment Fee $695
Refundable Bond (payable over your family’s first two years at Halifax Independent School) $2500

Download the Middle School application form


ESL Fee
ESL students pay $1155 per school year 

Refundable Bond
Each family pays a $2500 bond. Only one bond per family is required. The bond is paid in part at the time of the deposit with the remainder being paid over the course of the first two academic years of the family’s affiliation with the school. An exception is made for students in the Littles, who pay only $500 in their first year and the remaining bond on entering the elementary programme. When your child graduates/withdraws from the school, your bond is considered to be refundable if your child has attended the school for a minimum of three consecutive years. Refunds must be requested in writing at the time of the withdrawal and are made in two payments. The first payment is sent out in December of the academic year following your child’s graduation or withdrawal; the second payment is made in the following June. At some point during your child’s time with us, you will be asked to donate all or part of the bond to the school, which is a registered charity.

Deposit
Once your child has been offered a place in the school, the deposit is due on the following Monday. It is required to secure your child’s place until he/she is fully registered. The deposit has two components, as follows:

1.  A set portion of the bond ($250 for Preprimary; $375 for Elementary and Middle School)
2.  1/12 of the annual tuition fee

The deposit is entirely non-refundable.
The deposit may be paid by cash, cheque or pre-authorized withdrawal.

An internal bursary programme has been established at Halifax Independent School to assist the families of students already enrolled to maintain the continuity of their child's education during a time of temporary financial difficulty. Bursaries are short-term, cover up to one half of the school fees and are only awarded when a student has been at the school for a minimum of 2 years, not including Littles. A Bursary Committee, consisting of one staff member and two parent members, handles applications, all of which are confidential.

The school day at Halifax Independent runs from 9:00am to 3:15pm (3:35pm for Middle School). Children are supervised from 8:30am to 3:15pm (3:35pm for Middle School), lunchtime included. All children in the Pre-Primary and Elementary school have a half hour "snack" time in the mornings and a one hour lunch time. On both breaks children have an opportunity to play outside. Middle Schoolers have a 15 minute break in the morning and a one hour lunch period. Optional hot lunches are served several days per week at a small additional cost.

In addition, the following programmes are offered:

  • Early Morning Care: 8am - 8:30am, Monday through Friday (except on school holidays)
  • After School Care: 3:15pm - 5:30pm, Monday through Friday (except on school holidays)
  • Parent Teacher Conference Days: 8am - 5:30pm
  • Inservice Days: 8am - 5:30pm 

The aim of these childcare programmes is to provide an environment consistent with the goals of the school. The focus is on developing social skills, independence, cooperation and respect for oneself and others. The programmes are recreation-based and often involve the adventure of an off-site activity. Childcare staff members are selected for their training, skills, experience and love of children. Parental input and participation is encouraged.

Our admission procedure is as follows:

  1. Parent/guardian of the applicant meets with Headteacher for an admissions interview. Please note: attendance at one of our open houses also satisfies this prerequisite.

  2. Parent/guardian completes an application form and submits it, accompanied by a $100 application fee, a copy of the child’s most recent report card, and a photocopy of the child’s birth certificate. (Pre-primary applications must also be accompanied by the child's immunizations.) 

    Pre-primary application form
    Primary application form
    Elementary application form
    Middle School application form

  3. A questionnaire (available in the application package) is completed, independently, by the child’s current teacher and submitted directly to Halifax Independent School.

  4. If space is available, a teacher calls to arrange for the child to visit a class.

  5. The same teacher calls to answer any further questions and to indicate if the child has been accepted. These calls are made after dismissal time on the Friday following a child’s visit to the school.

  6. Parent/guardian accepts or declines the offer of a place. If accepting, payment of a non-refundable deposit is required by the close of the business day on the Monday immediately following. At this point, a place will be reserved for the child in the next school year.

Waiting List Policy
In the event that a class is full, a waiting list is established to which we refer whenever a space becomes available. Priority is given to siblings of students already registered.

Midyear Transfers
The procedure for midyear transfer is the same as for a regular application, but proceeds by arrangement.

Attendance at one of our open house events, or a private admissions meeting is a prerequisite for application.

We hold two open houses per year (May/June and November/December). 

If you are eager to begin, or if the open house dates don't suit your schedule, we would be pleased to have you and your child visit us to explore our classrooms and discover our love of learning. Please call or email admin@halifaxindependentschool.ns.ca to set up a tour or a visit-for-a-day.

Student visits begin in January for September enrolments. Children applying for Pre-primary come for a two-hour visit. Children applying for grades Primary through Grade 5 come for a morning, and children applying for Grades 6 through 9 come for a full-day visit. Your child will be welcomed into a classroom and will participate in classroom activities. Close observations will be taken to assess his or her readiness and suitability for the school. No later than the Friday following your child’s visit, the teacher will contact you by phone to discuss your child’s experience and, if appropriate, to extend the offer of a place in the school programme.

We'd be pleased to have you and your child visit us to explore our classrooms and discover our love of learning. Please call or email admin@halifaxindependentschool.ns.ca to set up a tour or an admissions visit.