2017 - Current
The Chignecto Central Regional School Board voted to move the students from the 1940's structure into the neighbouring Dr. Thomas McCulloch Junior High School, located at 200 Louise Street - directly behind the former Pictou Academy. Junior high students were relocated into the Pictou Elementary School on Wellington Street.
The most recent Pictou Academy building was built in 1970 as a two-storey structure of 27,624 square feet. This school albeit smaller than its previous structure, housed classrooms, a smaller library, a science lab and a separately housed gymnasium. To allow for the increase in student population and the much needed classroom space, the school board eliminated the family studies program as well as technical education for the students after its first year.
Dr. Thomas McCulloch Junior High was officially changed to Pictou Academy in 2017 when the high school students took over the adjacent building. The name change ensured that the Province is in compliance with legislation from 1816 that states there must be a non-sectarian Pictou Academy in the Town of Pictou.
In 2019, the Junior High students at the Elementary school returned to the 1970s structure due to overcrowding. Pictou Academy now holds students from Grades 6 to 12 in the Town of Pictou on Louise Street, but still "Up on the Hill".
2020 is the year to be remembered due to Covid-19 and the Provincial State of Emergency. All school events were cancelled from March break until September, including class trips, and even the traditional break-up celebration. A Community led graduation ceremony was hosted by McCulloch House Museum & Genealogy Centre for the 2020 Graduation Class at the Highland Drive-In on June 22, 2020 for its 204th anniversary year.