Preschool and Elementary Education Program

All students pursue studies in the approved Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports Quebec Education Program (QEP) for Preschool Education and Elementary Education. The Quebec Education Program Curriculum is seemlessly integrated into our Bilingual Program.

The Québec Education Program divides elementary education into three two-year cycles. This organizational model takes into account the need for a long-term approach in developing competencies. It corresponds better to the students’ learning rate and permits more differentiated teaching practices. In addition,it makes possible the formation of teams of teachers, who may stay with a class for more than one year, providing pedagogical support and evaluating learning.

On a simple level, the program is comprised of four components; a preschool education program, cross-curricular competencies, broad areas of learning, and academic subject areas. All of its components have the same purpose, which is to ensure the comprehensive development of the students in a synergistic, interactive way and should form a unified whole in a learning situation.

Preschool Education

Preschool (Pre-Kindargarten and Kindergarten) education has a threefold mandate: to serve as a rite of passage that gives children a liking for school; to foster children’s overall development by motivating them to exploit their full potential; and to lay the social and cognitive ground work that will prepare children for their future schooling and enable them to continue to learn throughout their lives.

The Preschool Education program fosters children’s overall development by developing six closely linked compentencies

Cross-Curricular Competencies

he Québec Education Program is characterized by its competency-based approach and its focus on the learning process. Knowledge is organized in terms of competencies to make learning meaningful and open-ended for students.

The Québec Education Program contains four categories of cross-curricular competencies:

Broad Areas of Learning

The broad areas of learning help students relate subject-specific knowledges to their daily concerns and thus give them a better grasp of reality. There are five broad areas of learning in the Québec Education Program:

Academic Subject Areas

Within the Elementary Education Program, there are 14 programs (courses) of study organized into the following five subject areas:

Standards & Procedures

School standards and procedures (S&P) defines how students are evaluated, when report cards are to be issued and how teachers communicate with parents. Click on the links below to download the S&P document for your child's school cycle.

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