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Introducing Self-Directed Learning

We are creating a new path for education in Nova Scotia by adopting a self-directed approach to teaching and learning at the high school on Broad Street. This model will provide students with a unique experience that supports all learners and creates a deeper connection between home, student and school.

Self-directed learning supports our belief that as students move through school, they become less dependent on teachers and more capable, independent learners.

The self-directed learning approach is used successfully in a network of schools across Canada. HRCE has spent time learning about, and learning from, these schools, and is ready to offer a similar approach at the new high school on Broad Street. Self-directed learning gives students the freedom to work in a way that best suits their learning needs, with more independence and flexibility.

Overall, the model anticipates the future needs of students and the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for post-secondary pursuits as well as for future employment.
We've visited schools in Ontario and British Columbia to see this model in action. Click here to see why students and staff at Thomas Haney Secondary School enjoy this different approach to high school.

Self-directed learning overview

Click one of the following links to get an overview of the new self-directed learning model:
PDF format
Accessible format
Video format

In case you missed it, check out this sneak peek video we shared in December.

Need more information?

Click here to view answers to frequently asked questions about the high school on Broad Street.

Questions about the final plan for the new schools? Click here.

March 8, 2023 parent information session recording

March 9, 2023 parent information session recording


Please reach out to by calling 902-464-2000 or emailing As we answer more questions, we'll continue to add to our FAQ.