Halifax Grammar School

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Halifax Grammar School
Halifax Grammar logo.png
945 Tower Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 2Y2
Type Private Co-educational
Motto Inito ad discendum, Exito ad serviendum
(Enter to learn, Exit to serve)
Established 1958
Headmaster Steven Laffoley
Grades JP–12
Enrollment 500
Team name Gryphons
Yearbook The Grammarian

The Halifax Grammar School (HGS) is an independent, coeducational day school in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. It is located in south-end Halifax, near Saint Mary's University. Approximately 500 students attend the school. At the high school level students take the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program. The school's headmaster is Steven Laffoley. All prospective students undergo entrance testing before being admitted. The school offers merit-based scholarships, in academics, community service, and athletics.


The school is divided into the Prep School (Grades Junior-Primary through Grade 4), the Middle School (Grades 5 through 9), and the Senior School (Grades 10 to 12). Each school has its own Head of School and teaching staff.

The Halifax Grammar School - Tower Road Campus

The Halifax Grammar School currently occupies two campuses, one located on Atlantic Street, and the other on Tower Road. A building at 420 Tower Road was the original location of the school before they purchased the building on Atlantic Street, which they soon decided to expand. For two years, the School rented the Bethany building on the corner of Tower Road and Inglis Street from Saint Mary's University (it is now used as an ESL building by the university), before purchasing the closed Tower Road School building from the City of Halifax. The Tower Road Campus (TRC) houses the Middle School, the school's administrative offices, and the Silver Art Studio. The Atlantic Street campus houses the Prep School (downstairs) and the Senior School (upstairs), as well as a large gymnasium and acre-plus field. The school also uses the Homburg Centre for Health and Wellness gym facilities at Saint Mary's University for some of its gym classes.


Halifax Grammar maintains a high level of academic achievement. The school has offered the International Baccalaureate program, which provides an internationally accepted qualification for entry into higher education, in its Senior school since 1993. Students may choose the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program or they may choose to complete one or more of the International Baccalaureate diploma courses. The Junior Primary (JP) grade uses an emergent curriculum with its students and is divided into two classes - JP3 for three-year-olds, and JP4 for four-year-olds.


The school is a tuition-based academic institution, with an admission fee to enrol a new student and other, additional costs.[1] Students wear uniforms on assembly days and at special events.


The school's arts program is run by three teachers, including the painter Renee Forestall[2] who teaches visual arts in the Prep and Middle Schools. At the High School level, students have the option of taking IB Standard Level or High Level Art.

Students may participate in the school's seven bands, learning repertoire from jazz, popular, and classical music. Prep School students must sing in the school choir, which performs several times each year in the community. Middle School students mount an annual dramatic production, often Shakespeare, while Senior School students produce an annual musical.

The school has a performing arts studio, funded through donations and fundraising efforts, that was completed in 2012.

Recent musicals[edit]

The school has run a Senior musical for several years. Actors, lighting technicians, and stage staff are all students. The school hires independent directors, band members and sound staff. The musicals that have been produced are:


Boys and girls teams at Middle and Senior School levels compete in the primary athletic league of secondary schools in the province, the NSSAF. The school competes in a variety of sports including: soccer, basketball, hockey, golf, track and field, cross country, skiing, badminton, and touch football. Halifax Grammar's Senior Varsity Girls Basketball team ranks highly in Division 1 among the best high school teams in the province. Past achievements include:[citation needed]

  • 2006-2007 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Champions
  • 2007-2008 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Bronze Medalists
  • 2008-2009 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Bronze Medalists
  • 2009-2010 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Provincial Champions
  • 2011-2012 Season: NSSAF Division 1 Bronze Medalists

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "HGS Financial Information". Archived from the original on 2014-02-26. 
  2. ^ "Renee Forrestall, Secord Gallery". www.secordgallery.com. Retrieved 31 December 2017. 
  3. ^ "Russell Smith: Biography". www.russellsmith.ca. Archived from the original on 2008-06-21. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Jay Ferguson - Sloan". www.exclaim.ca. Archived from the original on 2008-10-05. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Thought Rock Fish Scale". www.pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-10-05. 

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Coordinates: 44°37′57.2″N 63°34′39.6″W / 44.632556°N 63.577667°W / 44.632556; -63.577667