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MONTREAL, DECEMBER 2, 2008-   Lester B. Pearson High School in Montreal North has announced that its highly successful Sports-Etudes Program will be expanding its activities for hockey and soccer as part of an agreement made between the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) and the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île (CSPL).

The Sports-Études program is a partnership between the school board, the school and the sports federations and clubs, under the umbrella of the Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports (MELS). Once in a Sports-Études Program, students follow the regular Ministry curriculum in an accelerated manner. Typically a student must meet the requirements for a Secondary School Diploma in approximately 70 percent of the designated time, leaving the remaining time to pursue an athletic endeavor. The school schedule is organized so that the student-athletes finish their formal school day early, allowing sufficient time for training, study and tutoring Coaches, academic advisors/guidance counsellors and teachers work collaboratively to ensure that the student is progressing academically.

Lester B. Pearson High School was awarded the Sports-Études program in 2002. It now has approximately 100 students enrolled. Besides hockey and soccer, the program offers students the possibility to participate in various other sports such as figure skating, karate/kickboxing, gymnastics, diving, swimming and baseball.  The CSPI started its Sports-Études program at École Secondaire Antoine- de- St- Exupéry a few years earlier than the EMSB.  This agreement between the EMSB and the CSPI is the first of its kind in the sport.  “It is hoped that by pulling our resources we will be able to provide greater support to our student athletes,” said Mr. Gagné.
On Tuesday December 9 (7 p.m.)   Lester B. Pearson High School is inviting interested students and parents residing anywhere on the island to attend a special information meeting

Lester B. Pearson High School is located at   11575 P.M. Favier in Montreal North, near Henri-Bourassa and Lacordaire Boulevards.

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