The Halifax Independent School is an independent, coeducational day school with a curriculum from Pre-school through Grade 9. It is located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.ProgrammeThe Theme-based learning curriculumTheme-based learning was pioneered over 20 years ago at Halifax Independent School on the Dalhousie University campus. The core of the programme is the in-depth study of various topics, under the umbrella of the larger “theme” and in which all the traditional core subjects are integrated. In working through theme, the students learn to question, analyse, classify and present their discoveries.Pre-schoolHalifax Independent School offers a school preparatory, play-based pre-school programme from September through July, for children turning 4 years of age by December 31. Licensed by the Nova Scotia Department of Community Services, the Pre-school's ratio of students to teachers is 8:1 with a minimum of 2/3 of the teaching staff certified as early childhood educators.The Pre-school programme includes age-appropriate instruction in Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, French, Physical Education and Swimming. Pre-school students are given two snacks and a full lunch.Elementary SchoolMixed-Age Classrooms, Class Names and Programme SpecificsTo reinforce the understanding that mixed-age groupings were not simply split classes, the school’s first students were encouraged to establish names for their classes that did not make reference to conventional grades. The list of names has expanded with the programme offerings at the school, and the current list is as follows: “Youngs” Primary “Middles” includes students in Grades 1 and 2 “Olds” includes students in Grades 3 and 4 “Elders” includes students in Grades 5 and 6 The Elementary programme includes age-appropriate instruction in Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music (The core music curriculum is supplemented with Choir, Recorder, Ukulele, and band in grade 6), French, Physical Education and Swimming.