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King's-Edgehill School

33 King's-Edgehill Lane, Windsor, Nova Scotia, B0N 2T0

Traditional,  International Baccalaureate
Grades (Gender):
Gr. 6 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
$17,350 to 51,950/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 135 (Gr. 6 - 12), Boarding: 205 (Gr. 6 - 12)

School Address
33 King's-Edgehill Lane, Windsor, Nova Scotia, B0N 2T0

About this school:


“Be More” at King’s-Edgehill School, an IB Plus school since 1979 and Canada’s first independent school. Surrounded by the unparalleled beauty of our 65 acre campus in the safe and friendly province of Nova Scotia, study at a school that offers more at every turn and expects that by doing more and giving more, you will become one of the School’s highly successful graduates – graduates who attend the world’s top universities and earn more than $1 million in university scholarship annually. — Visit school website



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Our Take: King's-Edgehill School

our takeKing's-Edgehill School is the oldest independent school in Canada, and was founded as King's Collegiate by United Empire Loyalists in 1788. It was given royal assent by King George III the following year, the first instance that honour was bestowed outside Britain. The initial goal of the school was to prevent young men from traveling abroad to receive an education, men that would be needed to stay to administer and defend the colonies. While the school remained small, its alumni took prominent roles in military, legal, religious, and political life (including two fathers of Confederation).

So, yes, there’s an impressive history here, in all kinds of ways. That said, the school has changed considerably over the years. The historic buildings have been augmented by recent, and very sympathetic, development, all set on a 65-acre campus. It’s, frankly, beautiful. The academic program is as rigorous as it is supportive, and the school attracts students from around the world, creating a diverse, vibrant, exceedingly modern student population.

Principal's Message


Joseph Seagram, Headmaster

You know that voice inside your head telling you to jump higher, score better, think deeper, dream bigger, sing louder?

What about that urge you’ve always had to push your limits, challenge your thinking, build incredible friendships and seek out experiences that are…well, extraordinary?

We’re happy to tell you that voice inside you urging you to be more will be right at home here.

I write this message to you not just as Headmaster of KES, but as a parent. My wife Belinda and I have twins (Skyla and Albert) in grade 10. Kyle graduated five years ago and Mackenzie in June 2013. We see for ourselves how enriching and fun the school is and we love the way they have all embraced the challenge of 'more': doing more, competing more, caring more, and learning more. Their journey at KES is as much a part of my confidence in the School as our own experiences. After all, Belinda and I live on campus and are immersed in the excitement and energy of the daily routines of KES. It is our home too.

As much as I personally love the campus of KES and appreciate our superb facilities, what impresses me most is the quality of the people who work with such unsurpassed passion and professionalism. Dedicated to the ideals of gentleness and learning, dignity and respect, contained in the KES Mission Statement, the staff ensures that the School is a safe place – emotionally and physically – for all students. This makes it home for everyone.

KES is a diverse educational community. Students from throughout Canada and across the globe (26 different nations this year) come to challenge themselves in the classroom, or in the theatre, the Concert Hall, the Art studio, in leadership, the Chapel, or the playing fields – sometimes in all areas of School life! And so the student body is composed of boys and girls of all ages and all backgrounds. It is a truly unique family.

The achievements of KES students are remarkable. Scholars and athletes and musicians and artists abound. As a parent I am thrilled that my children’s friends are focused on excellence and achieving their best in all areas of life at KES. I am excited for them.

I hope that you will come and visit the School and see firsthand why this is such a spectacular place.



Joseph Seagram


Curriculum Traditional, International Baccalaureate

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

Secondary Curriculum: International Baccalaureate

What King's-Edgehill School says: The delivery of a challenging and robust curriculum while respecting each student’s learning style is a cornerstone of our academic approach at King’s-Edgehill School. Being committed to the world class International Baccalaureate program inherently challenges each student to a higher level of understanding, often beyond their own expectations. Alongside of this is the notion of small class sizes and individualised learning whereby each student is aided in their own integration and adoption of the content at hand. Along with the theoretical is the actualization of knowledge where students take what is taught in the class and apply it. Ethics studied in the class becomes part of the dialogue in our Dignity and Respect meetings, math acquired via a course become the foundation for precise mechanistic movement for our winning robotics teams. In and through all of this is the cultivation of the joy of learning, where difficult problems become opportunities grow and perhaps help others. Supporting this is a dedicated Success Center, advanced technology in each class, and a vibrant faculty committed to each student.

  • International Baccalaureate offered:
    Program = offered
    Primary Years
    Middle Years
    Diploma program
    Career-related program
  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies
    • What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   10
    • Languages Offered: • French • German • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What King's-Edgehill School says: Every student at King's-Edgehill School particpates fully in our sport and wellness program. Students do their chosen sport on a daily basis. Students will choose three sports each year by term (Fall, Winter, and Spring) and particpate in the sport for the duration of the term. We offer a range of both competitive and recreational sports.

    IB Diploma Courses
    Group 1 (Language A)
    • English Literature SL
    • French Literature SL
    • French Literature HL

    Group 2 (Language B)
    • French SL
    • French HL
    • Spanish SL
    • Spanish HL
    • German SL
    • German HL
    • French ab initio SL
    • Spanish ab initio SL
    • Italian ab initio SL
    • Mandarin ab initio SL
    • Japanese ab initio SL

    Group 3 (Individuals and Societies)
    • Business and Management SL
    • Geography SL
    • History SL
    • History HL
    • Information Technology in a Global Society SL
    • Information Technology in a Global Society HL

    Group 4 (Experimental Sciences)
    • Chemistry SL
    • Chemistry HL
    • Biology SL
    • Biology HL
    • Physics SL
    • Physics HL
    • Computer Science SL
    • Computer Science HL
    • Environmental Systems SL

    Group 5 (Mathematics)
    • Mathematics SL
    • Mathematics HL

    Group 6 (The Arts)
    • Music SL
    • Music HL
    • Theatre SL
    • Theatre HL
    • Visual Arts SL
    • Visual Arts HL

    Sex and Health Education Nova Scotia curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What King's-Edgehill School says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Withdrawal Assistance

    Withdrawal Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for most of the day, but are pulled out for extra support from a qualified special education teacher.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What King's-Edgehill School says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, King's-Edgehill School students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    King's-Edgehill School60 mins60 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins90 mins
    Site Average40 mins53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins108 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades6 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback6 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings6 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What King's-Edgehill School says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Martial Arts
      Mountain biking
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Environmental Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Boarding Boarding (International)
    Boarding $40,750
    Boarding (International)$51,950


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    Full payment Boarding (Domestic)$550
    Full payment Day$250
    Full payment Boarding (International)$700
    Early paymentBoarding (Domestic)$550
    Early paymentDay$250
    Early paymentBoarding (International)$700
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students10%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 6 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid33%
    Average aid package size$15,000
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid33%
    Total aid available$1,500,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    Completed Financial Aid Application

    Merit based Scholarships

    King's-Edgehill School Alumni Boarding Scholarship
    Amount: $12,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6 to 12—

    Child or grandchild of Old Boy or Old Girl.

    For more details, visit: www.kes.ns.ca/admissions/affordingkes
    King's-Edgehill School Roechling Scholarship
    Amount: $4,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 9 to 12—

    Established in memory of Miss Roechling, former Headmistress of Edgehill School (1919-1946). Awarded by the Alumni Association to a female boarder of great promise ($4000).

    For more details, visit: www.kes.ns.ca/admissions/affordingkes
    Atlantic Canada Scholarship
    Amount: $20,000
    Deadline: N/A
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6 to 12
    King's-Edgehill School Alumni Day Scholarship
    Amount: $4,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6 to 12—

    Awarded to the child or grand-child of an Old Boy or Old Girl.

    Rogers Family Prince Edward Island Scholarship
    Amount: $5,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 6 to 12—

    Awarded to a worthy boarding candidate from Prince Edward Island.


    Total enrollment 340
    Average enrollment per grade49
    Average class size15
    Gender (grades)Gr. 6 to Gr. 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 6 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)60%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)62%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment7171720212122
    Boarding Enrollment371825425060



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview6 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)6 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What King's-Edgehill School says:

    King's-Edgehill School requires applicants to complete our student application and send this along with a copy of academic records for the past two years to begin the application process. All domestic applicants are encouraged to schedule a visit to campus during which they can write their entrance test and interview with the Headmaster. When distance is a factor, we are pleased to arrange for the Headmaster to conduct the interview by skype.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student King's-Edgehill School is looking for: We love enthusiastic and motivated students who embrace our "be more" philosophy. We are looking for students who are keen to be involved in the four pillars that form the foundation of our school (academics, athletics, fine and performing arts, and leadership through service).

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type6789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    5 - 10 (80%)15 - 25 (80%)10 - 15 (80%)10 - 15 (80%)10 - 20 (80%)10 - 15 (80%)3 - 5 (80%)
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    3 - 8 (80%)5 - 10 (80%)15 - 20 (80%)15 - 20 (80%)15 - 30 (80%)15 - 30 (80%)5 - 8 (80%)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size75
    *Canadian "Big 6" placementsN/A
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    What King's-Edgehill School says:

  • King's-Edgehill School graduates achieve 100% university acceptance and earn more than $1 million in university scholarships on an annual basis. Our students attend the top universities in Canada, the United States, and around the world. We understand that the choice of university is very individual and we have a full time university counsellor who supports and advises students with this decision.

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    David Andrews 1966 President and C.E.O. of the American Hockey League. Annually named one of the most powerful people in hockey by The Hockey News.
    James Gilbert 2000 Accomplished and award winning Canadian actor.
    Fred Fountain 1966 The Chancellor of Dalhousie Univerity, Fred Fountain is one of the leading philanthropist's in Canada.
    Andrew Kam 1980 CEO of Hong Kong Disney
    Ian Frenette 1995 Vice President - Boston Celtics
    Sir Robert  Barry Dickey 1829 Father of Confederation
    Sir John Hamilton Gray 1829 Prince Edward Island Premier and Father of Confederation

    Stories & Testimonials


    KES Mission

    KES inspires academic, athletic and artistic excellence with a commitment to the traditional community ideals of gentleness and learning, dignity and respect, so that students may discover and cultivate their unique potential, prepare for post-secondary education and develop a life-long enthusiasm for the spiritual and intellectual growth necessary to flourish in the contemporary world.


    About KES

    Founded in 1788, King's-Edgehill is Canada's first independent School. An International Baccalaureate School since 1980, King's-Edgehill equips its students for university life around the globe, not only by developing academic rigour, but also by inspiring athletic and artistic excellence, strength of character and community leadership in a manner by which students know they are participating in "Personal" and not just "Private" education. With a clearly pronounced structure of expectations and with teachers who regard their profession as a way of life rather than just a job, King's-Edgehill motivates students to run academically with their brakes off and to find, among an abundance of co-curricular activities, something at which to excel in developing a multi-dimensional portfolio for tertiary recognition. This School is viewed as an IB PLUS School ...


    • International Baccalaureate (IB) Associations
    • Canadian Accredited Independent Schools (CAIS) Associations

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