All high school students in Québec pursue studies in the approved Ministère de l'Éducation et Enseignement supérieur Quebec Education Program in General Studies.
The Quebec Education Program (Q.E.P.) is designed as a system with three integrating elements: broad areas of learning, cross-curricular competencies and subject areas. Its structure is intended to facilitate the establishment of connections among the different educational components.
Traditional high school courses (English, French, Math etc.) are grouped into subject areas that are related or have a common focus. The General Studies curriculum is split into six subject areas:
The Q.E.P. presents a number of broadened areas of learning, which deal with major contemporary issues young people will have to confront, both individually and collectively, in different areas of their lives. These issues also represent challenges to their talent and creativity. Five areas were chosen on the basis of their importance for society and their relevance for the students’ education:
Cross-curricular competencies represent goals that are common to the whole curriculum. They apply to all the broad areas of learning and are also closely linked to the subject areas. The Q.E.P. containes nine cross curricular competencies grouped into four categories:
Along with the general studies program, students benefit from a range of alternative academic options that suit specific learning needs:
The Advanced Placement Program is for highly motivated students. This program offers college-level curricula and examinations to selected students. Universities often provide placement and course credit to students who obtain a passing score on the AP examinations. For more information visit the following websites:
Lester B. Pearson High School has a highly successful Resource Program. The program is geared to students who have mild learning difficulties.
The Resource Program consists of two streams - students may be placed in integrated classes or they may be placed in enclosed classes. In either case, the students follow a regular grade level program with adaptations.
Integrated students have access to a Resource Room where they receive individual help with tests, quizzes, and projects.
Students may be placed in enclosed classes for Math, English, French, Science, Geography, and History from Secondary I to V.
These classes consist of a smaller group setting and students receive adaptations such as being read to, having extra time to complete tasks, andgoing at a slower pace to name a few.
All students in the Resource Program follow an IEP (Individual Education Plan) where specific objectives and strategies are outlined in order for students to receive necessary help and services.
Students are taught study skills, work habits, reading and writing strategies, and organizational skills which may be used in all classes.
Students write the regular midterm, final, and Ministry exams and will receive a high school diploma once they complete the necessary requirements to graduate.
Students who perform well on the placement tests will be placed in the honours program. The honours group follows an accelerated Math program to enable the students to enroll in Calculus, Chemistry, and Physics in secondary 5.
This program allows students to graduate with valued "Langue Maternelle" credits on their Relevés des notes from M.E.E.S. Students will take History and Geography in French throughout Secondary 1 to 4 and Science and Technology in French from Secondary 1 to 3.