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49 Terrace Street

Sydney, Nova Scotia

B1P 2L4

Phone(902) 562-5464

Fax(902) 564-4472




Guidance Office:


Phone:  (902) 562-7047

Fax: (902) 562-3747


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Mission Statement

Sydney Academy strives to produce a dynamic school environment that will enable each student to develop an ability to think clearly, to communicate effectively, and to make sound judgments. Sydney Academy's mandate is to empower students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills that will enable them to reach their full potential in tomorrow's world through various programs, activities and experiences. The school endeavors to expose students to the values of the past, the excitement of the present, and the challenge of the future. Sydney Academy aims to provide students with the awareness that tolerance, concern for others and a sense of responsibility can empower them to make the world a better place.

International Baccalaureate Program

The International Baccalaureate is a two-year pre-university curriculum designed to prepare students for the intellectual demands of university studies in almost every country in the world. Sydney Academy has offered the International Baccalaureate since 1986.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) program is a unique educational experience that at once serves four purposes: allows an opportunity for students to earn advanced university standing; increases access to university entrance scholarships; permits the student a wider choice of post-secondary institutions; and, provides a academic challenge to students that is well beyond the traditional public school environment. The IB program is educational excellence in action.

The International Baccalaureate Programme has significant co-curricular and extra-curricular components. Debating and conflict resolution seminars are two important activities. All diploma students must engage in an activity that requires creativity, action and service (the CAS element) for the time equivalent of an afternoon per week. Through the IB program and its extensions, local students have climbed mountains in New England and participated in Public Speaking and Debating Championships in London, Crete, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Boston, New York, Montreal and Toronto.


Sydney Academy provides all students an opportunity to use a variety of technologies, demonstrate an understanding of technological applications and apply appropriate technologies for solving problems. There are more than 125 computers in five(5) fully networked labs.

Fine Arts
Fine Arts courses have a high profile at Sydney Academy. Arts education engages students in creative arts-making processes, giving them a firm foundation in practices and principles of various arts disciplines: dance, drama, music and visual arts.


  • Business Education and Technology
  • Fine Arts
  • English
  • Language
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Guidance

Extra & Co-Curricular Activities & Sports
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All facilities of Sydney Academy are accessible to the physically challenged.

  • more than 30 classrooms
  • conference rooms
  • 3 science labs
  • 4 computer labs
  • library
  • cafeteria
  • theatre
  • gymnasium
  • music room
  • art studio
  • drama theatre
  • fully equipped weight room
  • guidance department
  • administrative offices

Rich in History

Sydney Academy is a co-educational high school founded in 1841, and as such, is a school with a very rich tradition in academic and athletic endeavors that is well known in Eastern Canada. Sydney Academy's long and rich history of academic and extra-curricular excellence was recently recognized nationally when the school was selected as one of twenty-one (21) exemplary schools in Canada.

Sydney Academy is located on Cape Breton Island - a part of Canada known internationally for its profound natural beauty, its cultural diversity, and the unsurpassed hospitality of its inhabitants. The population of the greater Sydney area is approximately 70,000, encompassing an urban center and several smaller communities. Sydney Academy is twenty minutes for the exquisite Bras d'Or Lakes and only one hour from the world renowned Cabot Trail. Students of the school enjoy some of the most beautiful recreational areas in the world. Sydney has modern transportation, communications and health services, and enjoys a moderate Canadian climate.

The school also offers a wide variety of courses ranging from special needs, high school leaving, university preparatory, and the International Baccalaureate Programme. 

Sydney Academy prides itself on providing an environment that encourages scholastic and personal development.