King's View Academy

January 8, 2021 update.

King's View Academy is continuing to operate as an online school for the new year. We have a new facility currently under renovation. We are still accepting and enrolling new students.

When our new facility is ready we will continue to offer the online program as well as the in-school program at 9 Strath Lane in Dartmouth.

If you need online or in-school, and/or one or more courses, KVA may be the school for you.


Our curriculum is Nova Scotia Department of Education, the same as public school in Nova Scotia.

In addition we offer Advanced Placement® courses. At the moment we are offering the following AP® courses: Calculus (2 offerings), Computer Science A, English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition, Physics (4 offerings) and World History. We also host "exam only" AP students who need a place to write their AP exam in May, 2021.

We have pursued the International Baccalaureate School as well, but at this time we are not licensed to offer this program.


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.

King's View Academy has moved to 9 Strath Lane in Dartmouth.

KVA is no longer conducting business at the 1649 Brunswick Street location ("Halifax Academy Building," currently part of the NSCAD Campus). Our new location is 9 Strath Lane in Dartmouth, in a quiet residential neighbourhood adjacent to the Beazley Field complex. As this is a residential neighbourhood, KVA will have a discrete presence, preserving the residential nature of the neighbourhood.

This property is a 1 minute walk from a Metro Transit bus stop, frequented by the number 10 bus. Here is the schedule: Route 10. The bus stop is on Inverary Drive, across the street from KVA which is at 9 Strath Lane. The next street that the bus meets, after Strath Lane, is Raymoor (indicated on the route schedule link.)

Currently the best way to contact Dr. Derek MacDonald, KVA's principal, is by email at or by phone or text at (902) 402 9666.

King's View Academy is currently a full on-line program

Due to the current State of Emergency, all KVA students will work from home. Aside from virtual meetings between students and Content Experts (as opposed to face-to-face meetings in the same meeting room) KVA is operating business-as-usual. Here are some details:

Expectations (Curricular Outcome documents) are all available online (on this website under Curriculum as well as from the Google Classroom for KVA),.

Coursework, Readings, Explanations, Assignments, Examples, etc. are all available from Google Classroom.

Conversations with Content Experts (teachers) will continue as normal - all KVA teachers will be online "present" as per their posted hours (please see the KVA Content Experts Weekly Schedules sheet that is accessible through the KVA News classroom, under the heading Content Expert Weekly Schedule.

Assessments continue to be based on the evidence of student mastery presented in a variety of forms (handed-in assignments, handed-in worksheets, email conversations/question-and-answer, and the most reliable method: face-to-face conversations. All proceed at students' pace, and if that pace seems slow for the student to reach his/her goal, we will have a conversation to make the student aware of this and plan for increased progress.

Online face-to-face conversations between students and Content Experts is not new territory - our Music and Art Content Expert has been communicating with his students face-to-face since the beginning of January, 2020 using FaceTime. We tried Google Hangouts and found it was choppy. We will be trying out other technologies to fill this need.

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.

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; Mr. Brennan Dempsey (Ph.D. Candidate at Dalhousie) 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 Dr. Krista Patriquin 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.