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New Dartmouth South Academy

In November 2012, the Premier of Nova Scotia announced a new Primary to Grade 9 school would be built in south Dartmouth to replace Southdale-North Woodside Elementary and Prince Arthur Junior High. To read the government news release announcing the new school, click here.

Site Selection

Part of the process for the building of a new school involves a site selection process. To lead the process, a Site Selection Committee (SSC) is formed and the committee identifies three possible locations for construction of a new school. These locations are presented in a report to the Governing Board for approval and submission to the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (EECD).

The SSC submitted its report to the Governing Board in September 2013. To review the SSC report, click here. The HRSB approved the recommendations and forwarded them to the provincial government.

April 16, 2015: The Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development announced the new school would be built on the property adjacent to Prince Arthur Junior High. To read the news release, click here.

May 6, 2015: The HRSB announced that Prince Arthur Junior High would close at the end of June to facilitate the construction of the new school.

May 18, 2015: The HRSB announced that grade 7 and 8 students would attend Southdale-North Woodside during the construction and grade 9 students would attend Dartmouth High. A transition committee would be formed immediately to plan for this move.

Transition Committee

The Transition Committee met three times in May and June 2015. Click below to read their bulletins.

  • June 23 Bulletin - link
  • June 10 Bulletin - link
  • May 29 Bulletin - link

School Steering Team (SST)

The School Steering Team serves an advisory role in the design of the school. The committee is asked to provide input to the provincial government for consideration during the design process for the new school. Final decisions on the design of the school rests with the provincial government, as represented by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal.

SST Minutes

SST minutes are approved at the next meeting and are then posted to this site shortly thereafter. For example, minutes from the April SST meeting were approved at the May 7 meeting.

SST Documents

  • June 18 PowerPoint - link
  • June 18 Floor Plan Options - link
  • May 7 PowerPoint - link

Pictures

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Exterior brickwork: April 2017

Exterior glasswork: April 2017

Drawings & Floor Plans

Click on any of the pictures to enlarge

Exterior drawing of front entry: April 2016

Exterior drawing of front entry: April 2016

Interior drawing of front entry: April 2016

Cafeteria drawing: April 2016

Floor plan - Ground floor: April 26, 2016

Floor plan - Second floor: April 26, 2016

School Name

NEW - At its meeting on November 30, 2016, the governing board approved a recommendation to name the new Dartmouth South P-9, "Dartmouth South Academy." The read the report of the naming committee, click here.

Naming a new school facility is the responsibility of the governing board. In accordance with the Naming School Facilities policy, the principal or principal designate will identify and lead a consultation process to name the school.

The process will include a school organization such as a School Advisory Council, Parent/Teacher Association, School Steering Team and the public. Also, student input, appropriate for the age level served by the school should be a significant part of the process. To read the Naming School Facilities policy, click here.

Correspondence

  • April 10, 2017: Letter to SDNWS & DHS parents/guardians regarding placement of grade 9 students - (link)
  • November 30, 2015: Public presentation - (link)
  • May 6, 2015: Alert message to Prince Arthur parents/guardians - (link)
  • April 17, 2015: Letter to Prince Arthur parents/guardians - (link)
  • April 17, 2015: Letter to Southdale-North Woodside parents/guardians - (link)
  • February 12, 2015: Letter to Prince Arthur parents/guardians - (link)
  • January 29, 2015: Letter to Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development re: Site Selection Update - (link)