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Big Tancook Elementary School

South Shore Regional School Board

Located In Tancook Island
Where To Find Us
36 School Rd
Big Tancook Island, NS B0J 3G0
Areas Served Tancook Island
Phone 902-228-8300
Fax 902- 228-8301
Description & Services
Information The first school on Big Tancook opened its doors on November 1, 1820 in a private home. Thomas Gibson was the schoolmaster.  
In 1864 the first schoolhouse was built on the northern side of the island. It was located across the road from the present day building. This school was for grades primary to eleven. 
Another school was located on the southern side of the island. This school was for grades primary to grade five. The two schools were named Northwest Cove and Southeast Cove Schools. In 1935 the population of the two schools was 85 students. 
The Northwest Cove School was torn down and replaced by the present day one built around 1950. 
In 1967, grades seven to eleven were sent by ferry to Chester and Southeast Cove School closed its doors forever. Northwest Cove School became Big Tancook Elementary with grades primary to 6. There were two teachers. The school population in 1967 was 33 students. 
In 1992, the school became a facility for grades primary to five. There was one teacher. Big Tancook Elementary School is one of the last one room schools in Canada. Population averages 10 students. Present teacher and Principal is Elizabeth Sutherland.
Eligibility Ages: 4 year(s) - 11 year(s) 
Grades Primary to 5
Special Information
Tags Recreation Categories ; Schools ; South Shore Connect