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J.L.Ilsley High Family of Schools is Growing!

Thank you to everyone who provided their thoughts and feedback since we shared upcoming changes in the J.L. Ilsley High Family of Schools. Your feedback is meaningful in helping us create a strong transition plan for all students that will experience changes in September. 
We know the success of each student’s experience will depend on a strong transition plan. We wanted your input on how we could best support your child to ensure their success and well-being through this transition. Your perspectives and thoughts have been shared directly with schools and will help to develop transition plans that reflect the needs of each student. 
Click here to see the summary report.

Change is happening!

As the population continues to grow in Halifax Regional Municipality, student enrolment is rising in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. The J.L. Ilsley High Family of Schools (JLI FOS) is one of the fastest growing areas. To ensure all students have safe, welcoming, and comfortable learning spaces, some changes are necessary.

Last fall, we let Elizabeth Sutherland School (ESS) families know that a modular unit would be built this spring to help ease these pressures. The 8-classroom addition placed at ESS will help support growth in surrounding schools.
Effective September 2023, there will be changes at some schools in the JLI FOS.

The plan

Click here for a video about our plan for the J.L. Ilsley High Family of Schools.

Click here to view an accessible version of the information in the chart above.

Here are two examples of a new Pre-Primary student living in the Central Spryfield Elementary catchment, and the schools they would be attending depending on what program they wish to follow.

English Program
Pre-Primary - Grade 4 - Central Spryfield Elementary
Grades 5-8 - Cunard Junior High
Grades 9-12 - J.L. Ilsley High 

French Immersion Program
Pre-Primary - Central Spryfield (in English)
Grades PP-5 - Chebucto Heights Elementary
Grades 6-8 - Elizabeth Sutherland School
Grades 9-12 - J.L. Ilsley High

Need more information?

Click here to view answers to your frequently-asked questions.

What's next?

You can expect regular communication from school principals in the coming weeks as more information becomes available about transition plans.  
In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to your school principal or We will continue to update our website with answers to your questions.