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Education in Nova Scotia

Guide your way to a seamless school transition when you relocate your CAF family to Nova Scotia. Start your school search as soon as you receive your posting notice. Prepare to register for school once your House Hunting Trip is complete.

Schools at a glance

Provincially funded schools for children 

      • English public schools (with French Immersion, Integrated French, Intensive French and Core French options)
      • Francophone public schools (if your child meets the criteria) 
      • Online school 
      • Home education 

Private schools are also an option.

Age groups

  • Primary (Kindergarten) to Grade 3 – Early Elementary 
  • Grades 4 to 8 – Elementary 
  • Grades 9 to 12 – High School 

Grade groupings within schools vary from community to community.

Special Education Support

Schools follow a program planning process, which is a team approach. Schools establish Student Planning Teams (SPTs) as needed, to support the identified learning strengths of individual students. The SPT reviews the programming and documentation from previous schools/districts. The student (if appropriate) and the parents/guardians are valued members of the SPT and will be supported and involved in decisions around additional programming and/or supports for the student. 

Families also have access to Parent Navigators, who build strong relationships with community agencies throughout the various regions, and support families with the tools and resources available to them. These contacts can be found on the websites of each Regional Centre for Education/School Board.  

Ease your transition from another province or school board by having the right documentation on hand.

  • Have professional assessments/diagnoses documentation ready
  • Include information on how the diagnosis directly affects your child’s learning
  • Provide your child’s existing Individual Education Plan (IEP), Individual Program Plan (IPP), or Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Share past report cards and samples of school work

See the School Transition Portfolio in the MFS Education Resource Guide for more helpful information.

High School Graduation Requirements 

Secondary School in Nova Scotia includes grade 10, 11 and 12. Students complete provincial exams for Level 10 (Grade 10) English and Math. These exams will make up 20% of their grade in these courses.

Read about the high school graduation requirements in Nova Scotia depending on your pathway.

Virtual Learning Supports

Nova Scotia offers resources and ideas to support Reading and Writing, Math, French through tips and activities suggestions through the Parent/Family Information page.

Discover more learning supports in the MFS Education Resource Guide.

FAQs about schools in Nova Scotia