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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)
Full Day 8am – 5:30pm
5 days per week: (hot lunch and snacks, provided)
Elementary Fees for 2020-21
Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee for new families: $2,500
*Supplementary Gym Fee: $500
Childcare is available from 8am-8:30am and from 3:15-5:30pm at an extra cost.
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Middle School Fees for 2020-21
Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee for new families: $2,500
*Supplementary Gym Fee: $500
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.
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.
Application/Admissions and COVID-19
Read on to learn more about how we regularly approach the admissions process. When you see a reference to a visit, a meeting, an open house, or a tour, please remember that these aspects of our process will be modified as needed to stay in compliance with up-to-date guidelines from our public health authorities.
FAQ: “Is there room?”
From the beginning of this process, we will gladly answer questions about availability in your child’s grade. We encourage interested families to build an application file, even in the face of a waiting list. We refer to our waiting list of approved applicants whenever a space becomes available. For inclusion on our waiting list the application file must be complete, the application fee paid and, in most cases, the independent visit completed.
Here’s what you can anticipate:
First Phase: Exploration
We look forward to meeting you!
Contact us to learn the date of our next open house, or to schedule a meeting (in person, or remotely, for out-of-province applicants). We’ll do our best to answer your questions and to learn more about what you are looking for in a school. We will also want to get to know your child through your eyes.
Second Phase: Formal Application
Your child’s formal application begins with payment of an application fee and submission of an application form:
Pre-primary application form
Primary application form
Elementary application form (for students applying for any grade from Grade 1 to Grade 6)
Middle School application form (for students applying for Grade 7, 8, or 9)
With submissions from you and your child’s current teacher/caregiver, we will assemble an application file for your child.
Application File Components
- Required Documents:
- Application Form (see above)
- Birth Certificate (copied for file)
- (for Pre-Primary applications, only) Immunization Record
- Required Reference Material:
- Copies of reports resulting from any prior educational assessments other than report cards.
- If applying to Preschool or Primary
- If applying to any grade above Primary:
Application materials can be submitted by email to email@example.com
As we review your child’s application materials, we will be in touch with any follow-up questions.
Final Phase: Your Child’s Visit
Student visits are arranged at the school’s discretion and scheduled in consultation with the family. Except in extraordinary circumstances, every student is expected to complete an admission visit in person.
Visits vary in length (2 hours - full day) depending on the applicant’s age/grade. Our focus is on showing every applicant hospitality and more fully understanding the applicant through their participation and their interactions with our staff and students.
Student visits are intended to be independent and so we ask that parents prepare their child to visit on their own. This will help to reduce the likelihood that a subsequent visit is required. Our hope is that every applicant will join in all class activities, which could include whole-class instruction/discussions/activities, small group collaboration, one-to-one interactions with the teacher, snack/lunch time, and unstructured play/free time with our students.
Soon after your child’s visit, we will make a final assessment of your child’s application and communicate our decision to you by phone or email. If your child’s application is approved, we will also indicate whether there is a space available, or whether your child will be included on our waiting list.
When an available space is offered to you, we hold that space for a short period (to a maximum of four days) to allow you to make a final decision. To claim that space, finalize your child’s enrolment with a non-refundable payment of both a tuition deposit and the Non-Refundable Enrolment Fee (see “Fees” section above), as well as completion of a legally binding enrolment agreement and the establishment of a payment plan.
*Failure to enrol by the deadline given will release that spot for other approved applicants.
Please contact us to ask questions or to request a meeting.
Tours/Open House Events and COVID-19
Read on to learn more about how we regularly approach informational tours and open house events. Please remember that these aspects of our process will be modified as needed to stay in compliance with up-to-date guidelines from our public health authorities. At present, there are no open house events on our calendar, but we would welcome an opportunity for a virtual meeting, or a tour by special arrangement. We look forward to meeting you!
A private admissions meeting or attendance at one of our open house events is a prerequisite for application. Please call (902) 423-9777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a tour or to learn more about our next open house opportunity.
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 email@example.com to set up a tour or an admissions visit.