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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 26, 2018  At 88.6 percent the English Montreal School Board has the highest success rate in the entire province of Quebec among English public school boards based on a seven year cohort, figures released by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES) show

 “This is all the more impressive given the fact the province-wide success rate is 80.1 percent,” stated EMSB Chairman Angela Mancini. “This achievement was made possible thanks to everyone associated with the EMSB, from our staff, parents, and volunteers and of course our students.”

Ms. Mancini proudly added that based on the five year cohort, at 82.8 percent, the EMSB has the highest success rate among any public school board in the province.

As Ms. Mancini emphasizes, “at the EMSB our goal is to ensure that all students achieve their full potential, and our diverse programs ensure enrichment for those who need it and remediation for others. The challenge of our pedagogues is to help each and every one of our students.  An  88.6 percent success rate is a testimony to how our board, through a variety of initiatives, is achieving this goal. It is the firm commitment to our strategic plan and partnership agreements that make this success possible. Our phenomenal success rate is due to team work and perseverance.  It is the strength of our team that makes us a great board.”

The 88.6 percent figure is based on a seven year cohort.  It combines the high school graduation rate during that time period with the certification rate of students in the Work Orientation Training Pathway (WOTP).  It followed the progression of students from 2009 to their graduating year in 2016.

Ms. Mancini noted that the EMSB has the second highest success rate among public boards in the province behind the Commission scolaire des Découvreurs, a small board in Quebec City with only four high schools none of which cover any inner-city neighbourhoods.

“This provides us with an overview of the total success of all of our students,” commented EMSB Director General Ann Marie Matheson. “We are pleasedto once again lead the way among all public school boards in the province and on the island of Montreal.”

In its Partnership Agreement with the Ministry, the EMSB had a goal of 86 percent for the graduating class of 2016 and 88 percent for 2020. “We have surpassed that target and our 2020 objective,” EMSB Director of Educational and Technology Services Sandra Furfaro said with pride. 

To put the EMSB’s present student success rates in full perspective, the average success rate among all Quebec schools (public and private) is 80.1 percent while it stands at 76.5 percent for public schools only.

The complete listing of how each board in the province did can be viewed on the EMSB website at

Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213