MONTREAL, OCTOBER 27, 2011- Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin will visit English Montreal School Board (EMSB) alternative high schools, Options I and II, (1741 de Biencourt) in Ville Émard on Friday November 4 (10 a.m.) to inspire students to stay in school.
During his time in office, Mr. Martin was the Member of Parliament for the riding of LaSalle-Émard.
The EMSB’s alternative outreach school system is designed to provide an opportunity for students who have left school before graduation to return to a different educational setting. Nine schools offer a variety of programs accommodating both English and French students. The system is designed to help students continue their studies in a less formal atmosphere. Some programs lead to sufficient credits for a high school leaving certificate, while others permit the student to return to a regular high school setting. In some cases, the student is prepared for entry into the job market.Developed by the former Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal (PSBGM) more than 30 years ago in order to recruit students who had already dropped out of school, the Outreach system has evolved over the years and the focus has now become preventative in nature.