Why Nova Scotia

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Nova Scotia Province

Maritimes Provinses
Nova Scotia is one of Canada's three maritime provinces, and one of the four provinces that form Atlantic Canada. Its provincial capital is Halifax.   As of 2016, the population was 923,598. Nova Scotia is Canada's second-most-densely populated province, after Prince Edward Island, with 17.4 inhabitants per square km. Nova Scotia is one of ten provinces and three territories in Canada and is situated on the southeast coast of Canada. It is also one of the warmest province in Canada. 

Nova Scotia Schools

  • Nova Scotia has more than 450 public schools for children. The public system offers primary to Grade 12. There are also private schools in the province. Public education is administered by seven regional school boards, responsible primarily for English instruction and French immersion, and also province-wide by the Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provincial, which administers French instruction to students for whom the primary language is French.
  • High school students looking for more of a challenge in the classroom are able to enroll in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in some of our high schools and private schools. Universally recognized, the IB program is an advanced liberal arts diploma meant for high-achieving students in grades 11 and 12. Pre-IB courses will also be offered in Grade 10.
  • Academic Placement (AP) courses follow guidelines developed and published by the College Board. AP provides students with the opportunity to take one or more university-level courses while in high school. Each course covers the breadth of information, skills and assignments found in the corresponding university course.
  • AP is accepted by more than 3600 universities and colleges worldwide for credit, advanced placement or both on the basis of successful AP exam grades. All schools in Nova Scotia follow the curriculum set by the provincial government. In Nova Scotia schools have different grade levels and schools vary in size. Some schools have fewer than 300 students and others may have more than 1,000. All schools in Nova Scotia are welcoming and international students can easily make friends. Schools in Nova Scotia offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities and they vary depending on the school, season and student arrival times. These activities usually take place after class and are a good way to meet friends. Students who are involved are happier in school, learn more English, and are more successful academically. Activities schools offer include music, sports, arts, and clubs.

Universities

  • Dalhousie University
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    Primarily Undergraduate Ranking 7 by MACLEANS CANADA
    Dalhousie University is internationally known as one of North America’s most welcoming universities. Founded in 1818, it is one of Canada’s oldest universities, attracting more than 18,800 students from around the world. The university blends transformative academic programs with pioneering research on Canada’s East Coast. Today, it is the largest university in Atlantic Canada. The main campus is located in the heart of Halifax’s historic South End; two downtown campuses are adjacent to Spring Garden Road, close to pubs, cafés, restaurants and a new city library.

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  • Acadia University
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    Undergraduate education ranked first in Canada for seven consecutive years with a total of 10 top ten universities. Founded in 1838, Acadia University is one of the oldest and most respected liberal arts universities in Canada. Located in tiny Wolfville, just a one-hour drive from Halifax, with a population just slightly higher than the number of students. Acadia students spend less time commuting but more time community-building and study. Acadia focuses on an undergraduate liberal arts education with small class size that professors and students easily connect.




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  • Mount St. Vincent University
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    Primarily Undergraduate Ranking 16 by MACLEANS CANADA
    Founded in 1873, Mount Saint Vincent takes a personalized approach to education and encourages socially responsible citizens. Class sizes are small and professors really know everyone by their first names.

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Public Schools

  • Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP)
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    The Nova Scotia International Student Program (NSISP) is a joint venture between the provincial Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and the seven English language school boards. With over 1,000 full-time students, the NSISP is one of the largest international student programs in Canada.
    The Strait Regional School Board is currently hosting students from 14 countries in a variety of programs, including Short Term Programs, Teacher Internship Programs and academic semesters/full academic years at the junior high and senior high level.

    Nova Scotia is an ideal place in which to live and the perfect location to learn and develop.  A Nova Scotian education is a North American Education. It is a wonderful opportunity for immersion in the language, music, art, and lifestyle of North America.

    In Nova Scotia our philosophy is simple - prepare students for continued success in post-secondary studies or the workplace. This is why our schools have been welcoming the world into their classrooms for more than a decade.


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Private Schools

  • Armbrae Academy
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    Grade: Junior Primary – 12

    Founded in 1887 Armbrae Academy provides a unique balance of arts and academics while encouraging an active lifestyle and community involvement. Facilities include an art gallery, stage, music pavilion, gym and fitness center.
    Every year, Armbrae offers students in Grade 12 the opportunity to write the AP exams of their choice.
    100% of Armbrae graduates are admitted into their first choice Canadian university.


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  • Newbridge Academy
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    Grade: Junior Primary – 12

    In 2016, New Bridge Academy became the first Gatorade G Academy in Atlantic Canada and Hockey Canada School.
    New Bridge Academy is a private school committed to providing interactive, engaging and innovative academic and athletic programs.
    Students at New Bridge Academy participate in an active and constructive approach to learning. Each day is filled with professionally instructed sport activities; curriculum delivery focused around modern students and implemented by engaging teachers licensed by Nova Scotia Department of Education. Students benefit from small class sizes, interactive learning, with an emphasis on creativity, activity and critical thinking.
    New Bridge Academy is located in the Sackville Sports Stadium in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. The impressive facilities offered by the Sackville Sports Stadium give students the opportunity to participate in professional programming for sports and education.


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