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MONTREAL, FEBRUARY 9, 2017  For the third year in a row the English Montreal School Board has  the highest Success Rate in the entire province of Quebec among public school boards, figures released by  The Ministère de l’Education et de l'Enseignement supérieur (MEES) show.

“This is all the more impressive given the fact the province-wide graduation rate is 78.8 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.”

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 89.4. 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 89.4 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 2008 to their graduating year in 2015 and represents an improvement from last year’s total of 87.9 percent.

“This provides us with an overview of the total success of all of our students,” commented EMSB Director General Ann Marie Matheson. “How exciting it is that this news comes to us during Teacher Appreciation Week and on the eve of Hooked on School Week, which aims to remind students, parents, and people working in the education system, employers and regional stakeholders that they are all indispensable in the effort to encourage students to stay in school.”

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 78.8 percent while it stands at 74.9 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