One-to-one comparison


  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Sacred Heart School of Halifax

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1998

     

    1849


     

    Enrolment

     

    65

     

    515


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    JK to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Boys, Girls, Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive, International Baccalaureate

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    Standard-enriched
    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    Rigorous
    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”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    8 to 15

     

    15 to 20


     

    Special needs support

     

    Learning, Developmental, Behavioral

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    Dedicated gifted school

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Academic
    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.
     
    Play-based
    Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $18,633 to $20,225

     

    $13,820 to $19,360


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    6%

     

    13%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    1 to 12

     

    1 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $6,500

     

    $7,120

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    4

     

    34


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    78%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Sacred Heart School of Halifax

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

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    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    "The teacher was able to acknowledge his individual needs while exposing him to new experiences with a variety of new activities."
    Chandra Iyer - Parent   (Jun 22, 2020)
    Our son joined the school in Junior Kindergarten. It was our son's home away from home. The Kinderga...
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    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    "My daughter's teachers demonstrated an understanding of my daughter's unique learning style, her interests and her potential."
    Anna Stuart - Parent   (Mar 08, 2021)
    Our daughter joined Sacred Heart School as a shy student whose early years experience robbed her con...
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    "They all have a sense of pride in the school, and they talk about their experiences with joy and feel secure as soon as they walk through the doors each morning. "
    Jennifer Derwey Deane - Parent   (Mar 08, 2021)
    My partner and I are parents of 3 girls. When our youngest daughter was ready to begin Primary we we...
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    "SHSH creates the conditions that challenge him to do his best academically, where the primary goal is learning and preparation for university..."
    Gord Cooper - Parent   (May 03, 2021)
    We have four children at Sacred Heart School of Halifax (SHSH). If I think about our eldest son, who...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    It’s a big world out there and for the students who enroll here, AcadeCap is a window onto all of it. The attention to global education is underscored by the adoption of the IB PYP and MYP programs, and things continue from there. Collaborative learning, among peers as well as intergenerational, is an important aspect of the delivery of the curriculum, as is the provision of authentic learning experiences. There is of course a vast array of resources available within the capital region, and AcadeCap rightly makes the most of them. Class sizes are small, and instructional support is personal and individualized. The school casts a very wide net, and models an approach to learning based in curiosity, empathy, and active engagement. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a diverse, challenging, vibrant and social learning environment.

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    The school describes its campus as iconic, and to be sure, it really is. The school was founded in 1849, and the campus shows its age in all the best ways. The location is iconic as well, in the heart of Halifax and across from the historic public gardens. As those things signal, Sacred Heart is a part of the historical culture of the city, and arriving here each day delivers its own frisson of excitement. As with any school of this vintage, much has changed, and today the program is iconic in other ways. The provision of single gender education through Grades 7 to 12 is one of them, offering the best of both worlds. As a member of a global network of schools, the gaze is international, with emphasis on social justice and social action. While there are many longstanding traditions and events, the school also distinguishes itself as cutting edge, both in the curriculum it offers—the broad Advanced Placement offering, for one—but also through its delivery, with lots of hands-on, project oriented, collaborative learning. That said, the biggest draw for many is simply the spirit of the school. There is a keen desire to get students involved in a wide range of activity, including a robust program of service learning, while also engaged within the daily life of the school. Sacred Heart has a proven ability to deliver all of it.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Sacred Heart School of Halifax

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    Highlights

    Highlights

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    • IB ® World School offering the PYP Next in bilingual formats
    • Pre-Secondary School Programme (PSSP) (Grade 7 & 8)
    • Ontario-Inspected Secondary School (OSSD) (English)
    • 21st Century Core Competencies Cursus (Grade 7 to 12)
    • Scholarship Programme
    • Small class sizes
    • Expertise in differentiated learning and Reach-Ahead courses for talented and gifted learners
    • Inclusive community
    • Well-rounded education: DELF, iSTEAM/Coding, visual & performing arts, music, international language
    • Synchronous and asynchronous online learning with teachers and peers

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    • Advanced academics in the Senior School, including the Advanced Placement (AP) Program.
    • Single-gender education in Grades 7-12 because we know boys and girls learn & develop differently.
    • A robust offering of athletics, arts, debate, and extra-curricular activities at every level.
    • As part of a network of Sacred Heart schools around the world, we offer global exchange programs.
    • As part of our mission, social justice and social action programs are considered a priority.
    • Our incredibly rich heritage provides us with ceremonies and traditions unique to us.
    • We offer an early years bilingual program and core French class for older Elementary students.
    • Our High School curriculum includes Core, which helps students navigate complex social issues.
    • Students are provided with a university prep game plan that includes classes and counselling.
    • We are accredited by both CAIS and SHCOG.

    Description

    Description

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale) provides a rigorous, tailored bilingual and/or English education. IB PYP students engage in experiential learning in i STEAM, International Languages and PSPE. The PSSP and the OSSD promote in-depth understanding of content, teaching students to work hard and make practical connections between subjects and the real world, preparing them for post-secondary education. Our proprietary 3-tier 21st Century Learning Curriculum is implemented from grade 7 to 12.

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    Founded in 1849, Sacred Heart School of Halifax teaches the whole child — mind, body, spirit. Our iconic campus in the heart of Halifax offers co-ed education for JP-Grade 6 and single-gender education for Grades 7-12. Sacred Heart has earned a stellar reputation for the quality of our academics and university preparedness, and through leadership and community action, our students are well prepared to conquer the world. As part of a global network, we educate to a strong moral code prescribed by our Five Goals.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Sacred Heart School of Halifax

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    Message

    Académie de la Capitale (AcadeCap) I am proud to say, is a unique bilingual IB World School where students want to stay, long after the school day is finished! Soon after its inception, it had the distinction of being the first school in the Ottawa/Outaouais region authorized to offer the IB Primary Years Programme. AcadeCap, still true to its roots, upholds its unique approach to education. Our students: construct learning according to their potential rather than their age and/or grade; engage easily in learning “beyond the classroom” as a result of the “pick-up and go” potential of the small class; participate in e-long-distance learning to support geographically mobile students; become totally bilingual, and even multilingual; develop collaborative social skills through interaction across the ages; learn to work respectfully alongside each other in an open-concept facility; participate in an AcadeCap developed Globalization, Leadership and Innovation course in middle school; At AcadeCap, we are convinced that real life learning and a lifelong love of learning occur when a child or a teenager engages in on-going personal interaction with adults as well as other children, and participates in relevant learning experiences such as going to Bamfield Marine Science Center and to Race Rocks at Lester B. Pearson United World College. To tailor such authentic learning experiences, to offer guidance throughout the experience, as well as to nourish this love of learning, it is essential for educators to have the time to interact with each and every student. Open-mindedness, flexibility and small class size, allow for such learning to take place at AcadeCap. Take the challenge: we invite you to enrol your child at AcadeCap and find out how engaged in learning your daughter or your son can be when inspired to transcend limits!

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  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Sacred Heart School of Halifax

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      International Baccalaureate

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      At Acadecap International School (Académie de la Capitale), our students benefit from the philosophy, the approach, and the curricula of the Ontario Ministry of Education and the International Baccalaureate. Our younger students, from JK to grade 6, follow the IB Primary Years Programme (IB PYP), with classes taught 70% in French and 30% in English. Our grades 7 & 8 follow our own Pre-Secondary School Programme (PSSP) approach, with classes taught 50% in French and 50% in English. In grades 9 to 12, our students continue on with the English Ontario OSSD curriculum, all the while taking full advantage of the higher-order thinking skills and rigorous preparation gleaned from completing the PSSP. At Acadecap, we are a community of learners, encouraging the mingling of different age groups, especially when it comes to daily subjects and intra-curricular activities like Math, STEM (iSTEAM), Coding, Jiu-Jitsu, Violin, Visual Arts, Waterpolo and Skiing, where ability and age do not necessarily follow in lock-step. The result is a convivial atmosphere that one might be hard-pressed to witness in other schools.

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

      Students develop a strong foundation of academic excellence, through good study habits, solid organizational skills, critical thinking, and self-confidence. We also use an Advanced Placement (AP) program in Senior School.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Sacred Heart School of Halifax

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX


      Approach

      Approach

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Academic


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

      Play-based programs are the most common type of preschool and Kindergarten, and are founded on the belief young children learn best through play. Largely open-ended and minimally structured, play-based programs aim to develop social skills and a love of attending school. “Pre-academic” skills are taught, but in a more indirect way than at, say, an Academic program: through children playing in different “stations” set up around the classroom, which children choose on their own volition. Stations often contain an indirect lesson or developmental goal. Play-based classrooms are highly social and active.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      The preschool age children benefit from the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) curriculum framework that enables 3 to 5 year old children to develop their full potential using guided inquiry and play as the best tools for exploring and studying mathematics, science and technology, languages, social studies, the arts, and personal, social, and physical education. We offer a 10 or 12 month inquiry-based programme for students.

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

      In our JP program, play is encouraged, yet purposeful, and structured learning is enriching, exciting, and fun. We nurture the best in your child while laying the foundation for spiritual, emotional, and social growth.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Sacred Heart School of Halifax

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX


      Culture

      Culture

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

      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 the school says

      What the school says

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      At Acadecap International School, we believe that education needs to be grounded in evidenced practice, while nonetheless accounting for forward thinking and change. We encourage learners of all ages to acquire holistic thinking, to seek answers, to use critical thinking, and to act. The Acadecap syllabus is structured to combine the age-banded stages of the Ontario Ministry of Education, with the developmental phases of the International Baccalaureate programmes. This combination takes any pre-conceived limitations away from the scope and depth of students' learning. The result is a constantly motivated and challenged student body, who are passionate about learning.

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Académie de la Capitale

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Sacred Heart School of Halifax

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX


      Primary

      Primary

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

      The Acadecap student is unlike any other. He or she not only develops the ability to think and to question critically, ethically, and divergently, but also the ability to create design and build. It is our aim to develop academically successful students, who also have the gumption to take risks, to innovate, and to tackle the unknown.

      SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

      Information not available

  • SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT


    FORMAL SUPPORT FOR DISORDERS, DISABILITIES, AND EXCEPTIONALITIES

    A - Forms of Support
    Accommodation:
    Modification:
    Remediation:
    B - Environments
    Indirect Support:
    Resource Assistance:
    Withdrawal Assistance:
    Partial Integration:
    Full-Time Class:

    Académie de la Capitale

    Sacred Heart School of Halifax

    Forms of Support Environments Forms of Support Environments
    ADHD (moderate to severe)
    This is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Children with ADHD may be hyperactive and unable control their impulses. Or they may have trouble paying attention. These behaviors can interfere with school and home life.
    Learning disabilities
    Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
    This is a learning disability that can limit a child's ability to read and learn. It can have a variety of traits. A few of the main ones are impaired phonological awareness and decoding, problems with orthographic coding, and auditory short-term memory impairment.
    Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
    This is a sound differentiation disorder involving problems with reading, comprehension, and language.
    Dyscalculia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in math. Kids with this math disorder have problems with calculation. They may also have problems with math-related concepts such as time and money.
    Dysgraphia
    This is a kind of specific learning disability in writing. It involves problems with handwriting, spelling, and organizing ideas.
    Language Processing Disorder
    This is characterized by having extreme difficulty understanding what is heard and expressing what one wants to say. These disorders affect the area of the brain that controls language processing.
    Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
    These involve difficulties interpreting non-verbal cues, such as facial expressions and body language. They're usually characterized by a significant discrepancy between higher verbal skills and weaker motor, visual-spatial, and social skills.
    Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
    A characteristic seen in people with learning disabilities such as Dysgraphia or Non-verbal LD. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing place frequently, struggles with cutting, holding pencil too tightly, or poor eye/hand coordination.
    Developmental
    Autism
    Refers to a range of conditions that involve challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, and speech and nonverbal communication. They also involve unique strengths and differences. For instance, there are persons with both low- and high-functioning autism (some claim the latter is identical to Asperger's syndrome).
    Asperger's Syndrome
    On the autism spectrum, Asperger's is considered quite mild in terms of symptoms. While traits can vary widely, many kids with Asperger's struggle with social skills. They also sometimes fixate on certain subjects and engage in repetitive behaviour.
    Down syndrome
    his is associated with impairment of cognitive ability and physical growth, and a particular set of facial characteristics.
    Intellectual disability
    This is a condition characterized by significant limitations in intellectual functioning (e.g., reasoning, learning, and problem solving). Intellectual disabilities are also known as general learning disabilities (and used to be referred to as a kind of mental retardation).
    Williams syndrome
    This is a rare genetic disorder present at birth. It is characterized by intellectual disabilities or learning problems, unique facial features, and cardiovascular problems.
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
    Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term used to describe the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother consumed alcohol during pregnancy. These may include growth deficits, facial anomalies, and damage to the central nervous system, which can lead to cognitive, behavioural, and other problems.
    Behavioral and Emotional
    Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
    roubled teens tend to have problems that are intense, persistent, and can lead to quite unpredictable behaviour. This can lead to behavioural and emotional issues, such as drug and alcohol abuse, criminal behaviour, eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.
    Clinical Depression
    This is a mental health disorder also called "major depression." It involves persistent feelings of sadness, loss, and anger. According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms are usually severe enough to cause noticeable problems in relationships with others or in daily activities, such as school, work, or one's social life.
    Clinical anxiety
    This is a mood disorder involving intense, relentless feelings of distress and fear. They can also have excessive and persistent worry about everyday situations, and repeated episodes of intense anxiety or terror.
    Suicidal thoughts
    This involves persistent thoughts about ending one's life.
    Drug and alcohol abuse
    This involves the excessive use of drug and/or alcohol, which interferes with daily functioning.
    Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
    This is a disruptive behavioural disorder which normally involves angry outbursts, often directed at people of authority. This behaviour must last continuously for six months or more and significantly interfere with daily functioning.
    Physical
    Multiple sclerosis
    This is a condition of the central nervous system. It affects the brain, optic nerves, and spinal cord. Symptoms can include fatigue, loss of motor control, memory loss, depression, and cognitive difficulties.
    Cerebral palsy
    his refers to a group of permanent movement disorders that appear in early childhood. CP is caused by abnormal development or damage to the parts of the brain that control movement, balance, and posture.
    Muscular dystrophy
    Muscular dystrophy is a neuromuscular disorder which weakens the body's muscles. Causes, symptoms, age of onset, and prognosis vary between individuals.
    Spina Bifida
    This is a condition present at birth due to the incomplete formation of the spine and spinal cord. It can lead to a number of physical challenges, including paralysis or weakness in the legs, bowel and bladder incontinence, hydrocephalus (too much fluid in the brain), and deformities of the spine.
    Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
    This is a Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD). Also known as "sensory integration disorder," it affects fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults. It may also affect speech.
    Blindness
    Visual impairment is a decreased ability or inability to see that can't be fixed in usual ways, such as with glasses. Some people are completely blind, while others have what's called "legal blindness."
    Deafness
    Hearing impairment, also known as "hearing loss," is a partial or total inability to hear. The degree of hearing impairment varies between people. It can range from complete hearing loss (or deafness) to partial hearing loss (meaning the ears can pick up some sounds).
    Cystic Fibrosis
    Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited genetic condition, which affects the body's respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems. It affects young children and adults.
    Multiple physical
    Accommodating a wide range of physical conditions and disabilities.
     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Sacred Heart School of Halifax

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES

    INFORMAL SUPPORT FOR MILD DIFFICULTIES


     

    Learning Strategy

     

     


     

    Extra Support

     

     


     

    Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support

     

    Accommodations

    Modifications

    Extra support


    Additional support

    Additional support

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    Social skills programs
    Occupational therapy
    Psychotherapy
    Speech-language therapy


    What the school says about their special needs support

    What the school says about their special needs support

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Acadecap International School offers support on a case-by-case basis upon meeting with parents and assessing the child's needs.

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    Information not available


    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    What happens if child develops disorder while enrolled/Should families seek enrollment if child has disability

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    At Acadecap International School, differentiation is acknowledged as a sound teaching practice applicable to all students. Our small classes and open-concept space allow for a great deal of flexibility, opportunity and time to differentiate, giving every student the varying levels of support needed. Tutoring and one-on-one instruction can also be provided, such as Orton-Gillingham-based multisensory teaching. Specialists are also called in to provide additional support, if required. Before admission, all potential students are required to spend a visit day with a class, where he or she will be evaluated.

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Académie de la Capitale

    Sacred Heart School of Halifax

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Académie de la Capitale

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Sacred Heart School of Halifax

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    • After school Programming Clubs: JAVA script, HTML/CSS, Ruby, Python
    • Lunch period clubs: drama, newspaper, TEDed Talk, and much more
    • After school Math enrichment
    • After school RC Club
    • Master Chess
    • Jiu-jitsu and Water Polo as part of P.E. units
    • Downhill skiing/snowboarding and snow shoeing in the winter
    • Group violin lessons and concerts as part of music education
    • Extra language classes: Mandarin and Spanish
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    78%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Preschool, JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    JK, SK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    At AcadeCap, we strive to create a culture of academic excellence driven by the ideal of a community that embraces differences and risk taking; and the belief that education does not only stem from a place, but also an attitude. This is why, in addition to all the admission requirements, the day students spend at AcadeCap helps the students and parents decide whether or not they feel our community is the ideal setting for them to continue their education. It also helps us take note of their ability to contribute and to excel both independently and cooperatively.

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    Sacred Heart students are kind to their peers and teachers, intellectually curious, and socially conscious young women and men who show their school spirit in ways that are relational and constructive. Sacred Heart seeks students who want to be engaged in learning and who seek to develop their unique extracurricular gifts and talents. Becoming who one is meant to be is the key to success at Sacred Heart, and this requires self-awareness, interior listening, kind and constructive feedback, and a global outlook.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    ACADéMIE DE LA CAPITALE

    • The student must spend one day at the school to be evaluated in terms of willingness and ability to participate. Temporarily due to COVID-19, we are currently not scheduling day visits.
    • A copy of the student’s last report card
    • Any report impacting on the teaching and learning of your child
    • Students entering Grade 4 and up must submit a recommendation from the previous homeroom teacher, subject teachers, counselor and/or director

    SACRED HEART SCHOOL OF HALIFAX

    Prospective families can complete the online application which is easy, free, and takes very little time. Once the Admissions Department receive the application, they will be in touch to arrange an in-person or online tour, and an appointment for the child’s admissions assessment. 




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