As a parent seeking a school that would provide my child not only an exceptional academic program to prepare her for college and a career, but also with purposeful programs, activities, and events that would inspire, enhance, and empower her life, I didn’t have to look any further than Nova Scotia’s King’s-Edgehill School. Established in the late 18th century, this independent school offers all the wonderful traditions of a boarding school as well as all the state-of-the-art advances of a 21st century day school. Whether you opt to have your child live on campus full-time or attend for nine hours each day, he/she will be able to participate in and enjoy all that KES has to offer. Here are some reasons we chose KES for our child:
The curriculum at KES is both rigorous and rewarding. Class sizes are small to maximize learning outcomes, and the staff of supportive teachers work together to provide an exceptional learning environment for all students. Each day, my child is encouraged to explore earnestly that which interests her, as well as how to excel in each choice. Students are encouraged to visit the Learning Centre, which helps them develop their individual learning styles, and also how to understand and embrace their differences. Those students with learning challenges find individual support and just as many opportunities to succeed. My child leaves her classes excited about new topics and provided with the resources to pursue those areas that interest her.
9-hour School Day
As parents, we all understand what it’s like to try to manage a busy work schedule and home life on top of trying to make sure each child gets exactly what they need throughout the day. At KES, every day is full of enriching activities. Each academic day runs from 8:00 AM through 2:30 PM, and the formal school day continues on for all students until 5:00 PM. During this after-academic time, all day and boarding students are required to engage in clubs, sports, and other co-curricular activities with their peers. I love knowing that my child gets to spend time in a supportive environment, learning a vast number of things outside the normal classroom, including private music lessons, team sports, and volunteering in our community. Staying active and engaged keeps children interested in their studies and encourages lifelong friendships with mentors and their peers.
One of my favorite aspects of KES is the focus on tradition. The KES Cadet Corps has been an integral part of school life at KES for years, allowing students the opportunity to experience ritual, ceremony, and discipline in an exciting way. Members of the Cadet Corps have the privilege of wearing the “Black Watch” uniforms of the Royal Highland Regiment of Canada, and get to participate in ceremonies and parades throughout the school year. Students also attend chapel a few times each week, with a traditional morning prayer. At KES, my child has the unique ability to expand both her mind and spirit, and address issues that face all modern students. Going to chapel reminds my child to stay focused on what’s truly important, and gives great perspective to each learning environment. This focus on tradition, building lasting relationships, and spiritual growth truly sets KES apart from any other school I’ve seen.
To discover more about "A Day in the Life" of KES students and to peruse pictures of the students and campus, simply download this e-book!