Time to choose your high school

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Montreal - Thursday, September 3, 2020

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Starting to explore secondary school options can begin as early as Grade 5, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. The earlier you know about all of your options, the better equipped you’ll be to make the right choice when admission dates come around.

We have prepared this guide for parents starting their approach into the world of secondary education. Here you will find a snapshot of what each of our mainstream high schools has to offer: What are the programs they excel in? What sets them apart? What are their extra-curricular activities that go such a long way in enriching the life of a high school student?

As you’ll see, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) has a wide array of secondary school options for students all across the island of Montreal (see the map on p. 4). Whether you are choosing a school close to home or across town, or favor a certain academic, arts or sports program, this booklet will give you a snapshot of what we have to offer. Social media sources are also listed, and we encourage you to consult these, as well as the school’s website, to get a more intimate sense of the school.

Each EMSB high school follows the Quebec Ministry of Education curriculum, but they have the freedom to enrich their offering through a variety of different special programs. For example, some schools offer a range of French instruction levels. Others offer a concentration in sports, arts or music. Some are designed for students who require a smaller school setting or special training for the workforce.

A variety of non-traditional study paths are also offered to students in our schools. These range from specialized board-level initiatives such as physical literacy and numeracy literacy programs, and STEAM, to provincial government programs such as Sport-études and the Work-Oriented Training Pathway programs. Let’s not forget the internationally recognized ones such as the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program and the Advanced Placement Program. Indeed, families have a wealth of choice at the EMSB.

We hope you find this booklet helpful. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all open houses will be done virtually this year.
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