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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 2020-21
Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee: 
$2,500 for new families (*500 in the first year and the balance on entry into Primary)
Tuition: $11,467
 
Full Day 8am – 5:30pm
5 days per week:  (hot lunch and snacks, provided)

Download the Pre-primary application form

Download the Care Giver Questionnaire


Elementary Fees for 2020-21

Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee for new families: $2,500 
Tuition: $12,557

*Supplementary Gym Fee: $500

Childcare is available from 8am-8:30am  and from 3:15-5:30pm at an extra cost.

Download the Primary application form
Download the Elementary application form

Download the Confidential School Report
Download the Disclosure Consent HIS
Download the Disclosure Consent Current School


Middle School Fees for 2020-21
Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee for new families: $2,500 
Tuition: $13,598
*Supplementary Gym Fee: $500

Download the Middle School application form

Download the Confidential School Report
Download the Disclosure Consent HIS
Download the Disclosure Consent Current School


English as a Second Language Fee for 2020-2021 

$1,252, if applicable

*The Supplementary Gym Fee is a part of the funding formula for the campus expansion constructed in 2017-18. This fee is charged annually to each family until the end of academic year 2021-2022. 


Non-Refundable 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.The deposit is entirely non-refundable, in addition to any other financial penalties related to early withdrawal.
The deposit may be paid by cash, cheque or pre-authorized payment

An internal bursary programme has been established at Halifax Independent School to assist the families of current students to maintain the continuity of their child's education during a time of temporary financial difficulty. Students are eligible to apply only when they have been enrolled at Halifax Independent for two consecutive school years, not including time spent in our pre-primary class. Applications are assessed according to financial need and means.  Bursaries are short-term, cover up to one half of the school fees. The application process and its outcome are confidential. 

Classes run from 9:00am to 3:15pm, and 3:25pm for Middle School. School day supervision begins at 8:30am. 

All children in pre-primary and elementary grades have a supervised half-hour snack time in the mornings and a one-hour, supervised lunch time, with supplementary, supervised snack times for pre-primary and primary students. On both main breaks, children have an opportunity to play outside. Middle Schoolers have a supervised 15-minute break in the morning and a supervised one-hour lunch period. 

In addition, the followinge optional programmes are offered at an extra cost:

  • 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
  • In-service Days: 8am-5:30pm
  • Week-Long Day Camps: 8am-5:30pm (from the final school day in June until the fourth week of July) 

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 day-camps 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 requirement.

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

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

  3. A questionnaire  is completed, independently, by the child’s current teacher and submitted directly to Halifax Independent School.
    Confidential School Report (for admissions to Grades 1-8)
    Caregiver Report (for admissions to Preschool or Primary)

  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.

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

2019-2020 Open House Dates: December 19, 2019 and June 4, 2020

All open house events run from 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m..

If you are eager to begin, 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.

Applicants’ visits begin in January for September enrolments.

Timing: Visits are the final step in the application process, and are scheduled once the application file has been fully assembled.

Duration: 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 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 an admissions visit.