ENGAGING EXCELLENCE IMPACT REPORT
See the difference you've made.
$10.17 MILLION RAISED
OVER 220 DONOR CONTRIBUTIONS
WITH SEATING FOR OVER 225 PEOPLE
50,000 SQUARE FEET ADDED TO SCHOOL
570 STUDENTS ENROLLED
WHAT OUR STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY?
MCCREA FAMILY GIFT
Ask Scott Armour McCrea why Halifax Grammar is important to the community and he’ll tell you it goes beyond education. Halifax Grammar not only harnesses the potential of young people, it has a role and impact in attracting and retaining people.
“We are strong believers in positive outcomes for young people and freedom of choice in education, the ability to access different learning environments and programming outside of the public system,” says Scott. “There are people coming to the city who are looking for this as an option.”
Scott was involved in the Grammar campus planning committee in the early 2000s when the idea of a consolidated campus first began to percolate. At the time, he believed the quality of teaching was already so high that it was easy to be dismissive of the portables outside of the Atlantic Street campus. But over time he came to believe that the physical space was paramount and that the two-campus structure was holding Grammar back.
“As a board member, it became clear to me that by consolidating and having one facility that was representative of the same excellence that was expressed elsewhere at Grammar, we had the ability to transcend the original vision for the school.”
With a full business plan in place, Grammar launched the first capital campaign of its kind, and the most ambitious of any independent school in the province. The McCrea family knew the campaign would need a catalyst. Scott volunteered to be co-chair of the capital campaign, and he and his family offered be the lead donor in the hopes of being that catalyst.
“We’re proud of being part of it and being associated with it,” says Scott. “It’s a great touchstone of how a place can change the energy of the school. A lot of people believed in this campaign and we were fortunate to contribute in a tangible way.”
Scott's son James graduated in 2019 and was delighted to spend his last year being part of the consolidated school.