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About Education:

This section includes information about where to gain education in Antigonish and Pictou Counties at any age. Please read over the following section for information about daycares, public school, homeschooling, post-secondary, libraries, and English as an alternative language courses.

School Structure:

In Canada, public education is free and available to all children. Children must be five years old on or before December 31, in order to attend public school during that year. They are required to attend school until the age of 16. The organization system for education is as follows in the majority of places:

  • Pre-primary (ages 3-5) - provided at some public/private schools, day cares, non-profit organization and by individuals.
  • Elementary - grades primary-5 or 6
  • Middle School (6-8) /Junior High (7-9) - grades 6-9
  • High School - grades 9 or 10-12
  • Community College or University (Post-Secondary Education)


There are a variety of daycare programs for children as young as new born until they start school. The government of Nova Scotia provides a daycare directory to find places in your area.

* Depending on the daycare, the services they offer and the level of service will vary. In Nova Scotia, daycares can be regulated or not. For more information on the regulations of daycares please follow this link to Information for Regulated Child Care Settings, provided by the Education & Early Development Department of the Nova Scotia Government. Daycares can be run as for-profit or not for-profit.

Registration for public education:

For detailed information about the public school system, please visit Going to School in Nova Scotia, provided by Education and Early Childhood Development in the Nova Scotia Government. The schools in the Antigonish County are under the Strait Regional School Board. This board covers 21 schools; six are located in Antigonish County. The schools in Pictou County are covered under the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, in the Celtic Family of Schools.

First Nation Schools:

Pictou Landing First Nation School promotes and teaches the Mi'kmaq language and culture - they are located in the town of Trenton.

French immersion programs:

There are French immersion programs offered at a variety of schools for different grades. The Strait Regional School Board and Chignecto-Central Regional School offers French programs at certain schools. Also, there are full French immersion schools, which have a separate school board, Conseil Scolaire Acadien Provinical.

SchoolsPlus supports children and families by delivering government and other services at schools throughout the province. The services offered at each school are different but some examples are social work, health, justice, and mental health services. In Pictou County, the program is offered at three schools: A.G. Baillie Memorial School, New Glasgow Academy, and North Nova Education Centre. The program is offered at all schools in Antigonish County.

Support for Children with disabilities:

Supports are provided throughout schools for children with disabilities. The available support depends on the child's needs. Detailed information about supports can be found at the school and/or at Equity & Support for Students, provided by Education and Early Childhood Development in the Nova Scotia Government.

High School Equivalency:

For adults whom have not finished a high school education there is the option of completing the General Education Development (GED). This is an international high school equivalency testing program.

Options to public education:

Parents have the right to provide an education for their children outside of public school but the right steps must be completed.

  • Private Schools: Our Kids provides information about private schools across Canada.
  • Homeschooling: is an option if you do not wish to send your children to an academic institution. Information is provided by the Government of Nova Scotia.

Post-secondary Education:

In Antigonish and Pictou Counties there are two options for post-secondary education:


Antigonish and Pictou Counties are covered under one public library system, called the Pictou-Antigonish Regional Library. The library system consists of 7 libraries and two rural access sites that span from River John to Antigonish. The library offers a wide variety of reading materials for all ages (books and magazines, both print and online), DVDs, study space, computer terminals, wifi, online research databases, programs, special events, and workshops.

Newcomer to Canada:

The Nova Scotia Office of Immigration, The Halifax Regional School Board, and The Nova Scotia Department of Education have joined forces in order to create the Newcomer's Guide to Nova Scotia Schools. This guide contains important information about the school system for children and their parents.

English as an additional language classes:

There are a variety of classes available in the area in order to help learn English. If you are interested in having your level of the English language assessed please visit the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia. Options for learning English are:

  • The Antigonish County Adult Learning Association offers classes and one-on-one tutoring for speaking, listening, reading and writing in English.
  • Members of the Multicultural Association of Pictou County help people learn English in Nova Scotia. Contact information for the tutors can be found here.
  • Language Education at a Distance offers a program called Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada in order to teach people about Canada and the English language if you cannot attend classes on a regular basis.
  • If you are interested in furthering your understanding of English in order to take classes at a community college or university, you can attend "English for Academic Purposes" through NSCC at the Institute of Technology Campus in Halifax.

* Resources: The following are resources to help you practice and further your knowledge of the English language.

* Translation apps: People travel to places where they do not speak the common language on a regular basis, because of this a variety of different translation apps have been created. A couple of options are:


At different times, school days will be cancelled - this is normally due to a storm and can happen on a regular basis during the winter. To find out about a specific meeting or service, contact the organization. For a list of all cancellations in the area, visit the East Coast FM radio website's cancellation page.

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