The Shambhala School is located in the Hydrostone area of Halifax, and is easily accessible from all areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality. The School is housed in the former Alexander McKay School building, the building was constructed in 1917 and withstood the Halifax Explosion.


The building’s spacious classrooms with plenty of natural light, hardwood floors, and natural wood doors and trim contribute to an aesthetically pleasing and healthy environment in which to learn.

The main floor is home to the Pre-Primary through to Grade 5 classrooms, Reception and the Academic Director. The upper floor is home to Grades 6-12, the Executive Director and the DoJo (an open space for immersive learning, meditation, yoga and martial arts). The Grade 3/4 classroom and the music room are located on the mezzanine, above the gymnasium. The lower floor is home to the art room, the ceramics studio, and the gymnasium.

The gymnasium has had recent upgrades including work on the floor and the ceiling. The gymnasium has a stage that is used for theatrical productions, music performances, seasonal festivals and community events. There is also space dedicated to the before and after school program.


Outside, the school has two playground areas with large shade trees. One of the playgrounds is dedicated to the Pre-Primary students, and the other playground is used primarily by the Elementary students. 

Our school community promote ongoing work to improve and continually upgrade the outdoor space in order to ensure an ecologically sensitive, safe and fun environment for students.