Sacred Heart at a Glance


  • Headmistress: Sr. Anne Wachter, RSCJ
  • Principal of Junior Primary to Grade 6: Stephen Tugwell
  • Principal of Grades 7-12 Girls and Boys: Jenny Wright
  • Advancement fundraising and endowment support financial aid
  • Jr. Primary-Gr. 12 Enrollment: Approximately 500
  • Accredited by the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS)
  • Members of CAIS, ACIS, NCGS, IBSC, Network of Sacred Heart Schools US/Canada
  • In association with: College Board, ILI, Imagine Canada, ISM, ECSL, CLLC
  • Guided by the Goals & Criteria of Sacred Heart Institutions (
  • Sacred Heart is part of a network of 150 sibling institutions around the globe
  • School Motto: Verax Tum Audax (Truth Then Courage)


  • Founded in 1849, Sacred Heart is the oldest continually operating school in Halifax
  • The only Catholic school in Nova Scotia
  • The only single-sex school (for boys or girls) East of Montreal
  • The only Coordinate Education Program in Canada
  • Co-ed age 4-Grade 6
  • All girls’ program Grades 7-12
  • All boys’ program Grades 7-12
  • The all boys' program Grades 7-12, founded in 2005, is called Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart; named after our benefactors Margaret and David Fountain.
  • 100% of graduating students go on to post-secondary studies
  • $850,000 in post-secondary scholarships and awards earned by the Class of 2016
  • Academic full day Junior Primary Program and qualifies for Provincial tax receipt
  • Junior Primary - Grade 6 after-school care available until 5:30pm
  • Advanced Placement (AP) offered in High School
  • Student-Teacher ratio 8:1, average class size 13-17 students
  • Cutting edge educational technology
  • P-12 independent school ESL program, second to none
  • Languages: French beginning in Junior Primary, bilingual program in Grades 1 and 2, and daily core French instruction through Grade 12; Spanish, Advanced French in Senior High
  • French fluency certification (DELF) available in High School
  • Sacred Heart Student Exchange program allows students to experience the world
  • Co-ed instrumental band program (4 different groups) in Grades 6-12
  • Three school choirs: Elementary, High School girls, and co-ed honour choir
  • Co-ed music and drama productions (3 per year)
  • Social action, volunteerism, and service learning are built into the program throughout the School
  • Academic full day Junior Primary Program and qualifies for Provincial tax receipt


  • Iconic three-acre campus in the heart of Halifax
  • Four science labs
  • Three art studios
  • Two music rooms
  • Historic theatre with the latest production technologies
  • Two gymnasiums, fitness room, three outdoor play spaces
  • Wi-Fi throughout, AppleTV, SmartBoards, two computer labs, iPad cart, e-Book program, 3D printing


  • Top debating school in Canada and internationally recognized debaters
  • Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation (NSSAF) member school
  • Home to the 2012-2013 Girls’ Volleyball Provincial Champions and Boys’ Basketball Division 4 Division Champions
  • Competitive sports teams begin in Grade 7 and include soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball, cross country, track and field, table tennis, golf, hockey, and field hockey
  • Students compete at the provincial, national, and international levels in sports such as fencing, sailing, swimming, and track and field
  • Extracurricular activities and clubs for all interests starting in Elementary include: gardening, environmental, intramurals, chess, robotics, culinary arts, Cine Club, and a comic book club to name a few!
  • Elementary students have three outdoor recesses daily
  • All of our sports teams are called "The Sharks" and our team colours are red and white.
    • Our Historic Building from 1849 alongside our Fountain Academy wing 2009
    • School Crest

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