King's View Academy

April 28, 2022 update: NS Dept of Ed Review

Yesterday KVA hosted representatives from the NS Dept of Ed for a review of KVA's ability to satisfy the requirements for permission to grant the NS High School Leaving Certificate (Diploma). They reviewed many aspects of Nova Scotia's Public School Plan, which specifies how Nova Scotia public schools provide education and school for Nova Scotia P-12 students. As KVA's education model, philosophy, and support diverge, in some cases, from those of public school, this review was extremely important in determining if the NS Dept of Ed was in support of KVA's approach. Assessment, attendance and instruction at KVA are among these approaches. In the end, the team "recommended" KVA for renewed permission to grant the NS Dept of Ed High School Diploma (which is the strongest recommendation they could have made in favour.) The renewal term will be for the next 3 school years (ending around the summer of 2025).

If you are considering an Education at King's View Academy (KVA) please review this website and contact Dr. Derek MacDonald directly to discuss your needs and goals. We will do our best to help you decide is KVA is an effective option for you.


Our curriculum is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Education, the same as public school in Nova Scotia. KVA has permission from the NS Dept of Ed to offer these courses, to accept transfer credit and to give transfer credit between Nova Scotia public and private schools, and to grant the NS High School Diploma. In addition we offer Advanced Placement® courses. We also offer custom programming, which may or may not qualify for NS Dept of Ed credit. Please inquire if you are considering this option.


In addition, KVA offers tutoring. Why pick KVA for tutoring? Our content experts (what we call teachers at KVA) are experts in their disciplines based on graduate degrees and/or industry experience. We have flexible scheduling. We will outfit the student with an account in our online system, and all the resources that come with that. We can offer High School Credit if the students shows evidence of mastery of Nova Scotia Curriculum. Please inquire if you are interested in this option.

Adult Education

As we offer Nova Scotia High School Credits, and we support our students one-on-one (in facility and online), if you are an adult (21 or over - interested in taking high school courses, contact us to discuss your options.

Google Classroom

Our Online program is based on the Google Classroom learning system (also used in Nova Scotia public schools). We have added some functionality to better support transparency and communication for the student's "learning team" (the student, parents/guardians, tutors, teacher...).

King's View Academy offers Advanced Placement® AP® Courses with 3 Levels of Support

We currently have students enrolled in AP Calculus AB and BC, AP Physics C (both Mechanics and Electricity-Magnetism), AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP World History, AP Computer Science A, AP English Literature and Composition, and AP English Language and Composition. The cost for each of these courses is $126 (unless US-CDN exchange rates changes, and it may go up/down a bit). With your enrollment in any AP course at King's View Academy you get access to the very large set of AP resources shared by, including weekly videos that follow the syllabus, as supplied by the college board.

Note, the deadline to apply for a 1-year course is November 13. If you enroll later you may be faced with an extra charge.

KVA offers 3 levels of support for these courses: Full course support ($1500 per course), Hourly support (billed hourly depending on content expert - between $35 and $50 per hour) and no support (exam only).

Please contact Dr. Derek MacDonald at to inquire and/or enroll.

KVA continues to accept and enroll new students.

If you believe that KVA may be a viable option, or you want more information, please contact the principal, Dr. Derek MacDonald at or (902) 429-5434. In addition, much of what we do and believe about education and learning can be found on the various pages of this website - please review them at your leisure.

We offer full programs as well as single courses. We can support accelerated programs and courses as well (for example, a student who wished to graduate in June 2020 may wish to increase the final grade of a previously completed course by graduation. This may be possible - please inquire.

If you decide you would like to try KVA the first two steps are: meet with (or call) Dr. MacDonald to discuss the model and atmosphere and to pose your questions; and to spend some time at KVA to experience it first-hand.

King's View Academy has permission from the NS Dept of Education to grant the Nova Scotia High School Diploma.

The deadline to renew this approval has been extended due to the difficulties presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. Once the renovations have been completed, and the Nova Scotia Department of Education can inspect and approve KVA's new facility and recertify KVA's program, this permission will be renewed for another 3 years.

KVA has maintained this permission continuously since it was first granted, and will continue to maintain the standards outlined in the Public School Program, and satisfy the requirements for this permission. The Public School Program requirements can be found at (check out the menu items at the top of this page for a comprehensive look at the PSP.) All schools in Nova Scotia (public and private) with this permission must maintain these standards.

King's View Academy is a private, not-for-profit, self-pacing, flexible scheduling, self-directed, resource-focused, content-expert-supported, university preparatory, grades 7-12 school in Halifax Nova Scotia that follows the Nova Scotia Learning Outcomes Framework.

We are located at 9 Strath Lane, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada. You can reach us at telephone (902) 429-5434 or fax (902) 429-5433 or email

We are a Google School and use Google Classroom, Google Drive, Gmail, Google Docs/Slides/Sheets/Sites and the G Suite daily. This summer we opened a Microsoft Office 365 account and are becoming familiar with it. This system functions much like Google Classroom and all of its components.

Our vision is an individual graduate who is prepared for success in post-secondary education and life. An individual who is an effective self-directed learner, competent and understanding expectations put on him or her, capable of creating effective long-term and short-term goals, able to monitor his or her own progress and ready to adjust as necessary to ensure success in reaching goals, and mature and responsible in his or her function as a learner.

We provide what most other schools provide - access to teachers and resources to help in learning and educational success. We also provide one-on-one time between teachers and students so that students can get answers to their own questions, direction and help in their own learning and academics, and feedback on their own achievement. In addition, we provide day school at our facility on Brunswick Street, as well as on-line/distance educational experiences and learning support through our Google Classroom school. Student may attend full-time or part-time in either (or both) of these contexts to meet their (changing) needs.

Our Curriculum and Programs: KVA offers the Nova Scotia Department of Education curriculum (Learning Outcomes Framework) and Advanced Placement® courses through College Board. We have started the application process to become an International Baccalaureate World School. We also have permission from the Nova Scotia Department of Education to award the Nova Scotia High School Diploma. Here is a letter (anonymized) from the Nova Scotia Department of Education attesting to this permission.

We have started the process to become an IB (International Baccalaureate) World School with both the Middle Years Program (MYP) for grades 7-10, and the Diploma Program (DP) for grades 10-12. As this is a comprehensive process, we will be pursuing the MYP first. Interesting fact passed on to us by the IB people: there are currently no schools in Nova Scotia (public or private) currently offering the MYP. There are 2 private schools and many public schools in Nova Scotia offering the DP.

Reduced Anxiety: As we are a small school, with emphasis on flexibility and self-pacing, we have created a low-anxiety academic context in which students have freedom to work on the academics they choose, use the resources they choose, and create their own academic progress, on their own terms. We have attempted to eliminate as many sources of anxiety from the education process as we can. We do not follow a set schedule (aside from advising students to meet with part-time teachers when they are on the premises) and we allow students to work at whatever desk, table or workstation at KVA that they prefer, for that particular learning activity. They can also work from home if they choose (the Google Classroom supports this very well).

Progress at KVA is based on the set goals of students (be they course completion, high school graduation, acceptance to a particular university and/or program, interest-based goals, or other). Direct teacher instruction is one option for students to learn course content, and as we recognize that students need to continue learning effectively after they have left school, our priority is to foster effective self-direction in all of our students. Textbooks, videos, websites, other text resources, other learners, and other sources are also available. In fact, we prefer that students develop skills in using all resources available to them so that when they find themselves, later in life, needing to learn something and there is no teacher available, they can still be effective learners. This is why we call ourselves a "university preparatory" school.

Tracking Progress: All students at KVA have their own Goo gle Classroom - a Classroom named for the student, with all of that student's teachers as well as parents/guardians/agents "enrolled" in the class. This Classroom serves as a reporting and tracking hub so that the learning support group of that student (parents, guardians, teachers, tutors, ...) can have 1 place to see each other's messages, track all work (in all subjects) by the student, and communicate continuously. Teachers report each meeting with a student as a posting in that student's Classroom, including resources, links, assignments, marked and graded work, and any discussion. As if the entire learning team for that student is present at every meeting.

Our current staff of Content Experts includes Dr. Derek MacDonald as the Principal, Mathematics/Physics content expert and Learning Facilitator; Ms. Katie Ingram as English content expert; Ms. Bernadette Jones as Social Studies/History/Geography content expert; Mr. Patrick Burgomaster as Art and Music content expert; Dr. Sally Ibrahim as French content expert; Dr. Sarah Greening as Chemistry content expert; and Ms. Melanie Massey (Ph.D. candidate, Dalhousie) as Biology content expert.

KVA refers to its teachers as content experts. In our education model, all teacher-student interaction is one-on-one (no classroom instruction). In addition, students are encouraged to recognize and use KVA content experts as resources in their learning - the focus is on learning, and KVA content experts support learning, self-direction, organization, goal-setting, progress-tracking, and the mastery of content. In addition, there is no need at KVA for classroom management or discipline by content experts (as there are no classrooms). Ultimately, the term Content Expert is more applicable than Teacher.

If your goal is learning, not just curricular outcomes but learning to be organized, to set and work toward goals, and to learn effectively, then perhaps King's View Academy is the place for you.

If you are intrigued, please come by to take a look at the school and talk to us about our program.

If you are interested in becoming a Content Expert at KVA please send a note with your resume or CV outlining your credentials and experience to

International Students attending King's View Academy

KVA has hosted international students for as long as it has been a school (going on 21 years). KVA does accept international students in ALL of our programs. We have the flexibility to support learning in 1 or more courses, starting and finishing anytime. For more information please contact us.