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Enrolment Growth at HRCE

We Are Growing

More than 57,000 students are currently enrolled in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE). In the last five years, enrolment has increased by 7,733 and that number continues to get larger! As our region's population expands (Nova Scotia's population reached one million last year), new families register within our system on an ongoing basis. This is an exciting time for our province, our city and for HRCE! 

To date, we have seen the most growth within the Charles P. Allen Family of Schools (CPA FOS). In 2013, the new Charles P. Allen (CPA) High School opened on Innovation Drive. That same year, students from the former Bedford Junior High and Grades 7-9 students from Bedford South were consolidated into the former CPA building to form a new school, Rocky Lake Junior High. Since then, portable and modular classrooms have been added to some schools within the CPA FOS. In September 2023, a new Pre-Primary to Grade 8 school and Grades 9-12 school will open their doors under one roof on Broad Street.

HRCE Total Enrolment Growth (Pre-Primary to Grade 12)

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The following chart illustrates the number of students entering our system from other countries over the years:

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The following map shows where students are coming from:

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Creating Space

As our student population grows, so does our need for more space. In order to meet provincial classroom size guidelines, additional learning areas are added to school buildings to ensure students and staff have comfortable, safe and clean environments to learn and work. You may have seen a portable classroom added to your child's school recently or a larger modular unit that houses multiple classrooms under one roof. These are quick, shorter-term solutions to accommodate growth. A longer-term solution includes the construction of new schools.

When making decisions to accommodate growth, the HRCE applies the following principles:

  1. Meeting Provincial Class Cap Guidelines within existing space;
  2. Creating more space by adding portable or modular classroom(s) to meet Provincial Class Cap Guidelines;
  3. Accommodating students in schools with available space within the Family of Schools or geographic area; and
  4. Accommodating students in schools with available space within the HRCE but outside of their Family of Schools or geographic area.

The CPA FOS currently has 29 portables - the greatest number of portables in an HRCE Family of Schools. There are currently modular structures at 10 schools in our system, with more scheduled to be completed for the start of the 2023-24 school year:

Visit our Capital Projects webpage for more information on the portables, modular units and new school projects that are currently underway or have been introduced over the years.

Work in Progress

See for yourself! The videos below highlight some of our newer construction projects to help accommodate enrolment growth in HRCE:

Recruiting Talent

Growing student enrolment gives us the opportunity to welcome more talent to HRCE, including teachers, early childhood educators, education support staff and many more individuals who ensure families and students are supported. HRCE employees support students in more than 12,000 positions across our system.

Our ongoing recruitment efforts to help meet the needs of our growing system include hiring Bachelor of Education students for immediate substitute work, attending job fairs, partnering with educational institutions, and working with community partners such as NS Works, ISANS and APTEC. We’ve also begun recruitment efforts for 2023-24 and welcome applicants to our expression of interest postings for specialty areas.

Interested in applying for a job with HRCE? Click here to view current opportunities. Help us spread the word by sharing our job postings and social media posts!

Did You Know?

Students in HRCE can speak more than 80 languages! In addition to English, some common languages include:

  • Arabic
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Tagalog
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Hindi
  • Malayalam
  • Persian
  • Tamil
  • Cantonese
  • Urdu
  • Ukrainian
  • Portuguese
  • Bengali
  • Telugu
  • Vietnamese
  • French
  • Punjabi

*Webpage Last Updated: December 2022