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How to apply and what to expect

Step 1

Connect with us
Answer a few questions about your search for a school.

Step 2

Complete your Halifax Independent School application

Be ready to upload:

  • a copy of your child’s birth certificate
  • a copy of your child’s immunization record 

Be ready to upload:

  • a copy of your child’s birth certificate 
  • your child’s two most recent report cards (waived for students entering Primary)

All applications must be accompanied by the non-refundable application fee.

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Arrange your reference 

Ask your child’s current teacher/school to complete the reference.

They must return it to us directly at

applying for pre-primary or primary
Download Caregiver Questionnaire

applying for any other grade
Download  Confidential School Report

Moving to Step 3 depends on the outcome of our initial review. 
This review happens when the applicant’s file is complete and the application fee has been paid. 

Step 3

Your child’s visit
An independent visit is a mandatory step in our application process. 

Students applying for September admission visit between January 15 and the first day of school. Applicants for mid-year transfer visit by arrangement.

The length of the visit varies according to age and grade.

What happens during a visit?
  • participation in regular classroom activities
  • individual and group work
  • unstructured play/social time
  • in-class interaction with various teachers

Soon after a child’s visit, we check in to answer any follow-up questions. Our final review can take up to 10 business days. 

Out-of-province/international applicants

Please contact us directly to learn more about Step 3 and students applying remotely. 

Step 4

Our final review
Our final review and decision

We aim to let you know the status of your child’s application within 10 business days. 

Approved applicants move to Step 4 when we contact them to offer a space. 
No action/commitment is required from you until we offer a place. 

Step 5

Your decision and commitment
When a space is offered, complete these steps to secure your child’s enrolment.
  1. pay non-refundable deposit (a portion of the fees)
  2. complete and return the legally binding Fee Payment Agreement, and
  3. choose your payment schedule and pre-arrange remaining payments.

Any space offered will be held for a maximum of four business days.
Failure to enrol by the deadline given will release that spot for other approved applicants.

Thinking of applying?

We value your time and your desire to find a good fit for your family. 

Answer a few questions to help us understand your needs.