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EMSB celebrates highest success rate among English public school boards

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Montreal - Monday, February 26, 2018

At 88.6% the English Montreal School Board has  the highest success rate in the entire province of Quebec among  English public school boards based on a seven year cohort, 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 success rate is 80.1. 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.”

Ms. Mancini proudly added that based on the five year cohort, at 82.8%,  the EMSB has the highest success rate among any public school board in the province.

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 88.6. 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 88.6% 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 2009 to their graduating year in 2016.

Ms. Mancini noted that the EMSB has the second highest success rate among public boards in the province behind the Commission scolaire Des Découvreurs, a small board in Quebec City with only four high schools none of which cover any inner-city neighbourhoods.

 “This provides us with an overview of the total success of all of our students,” commented EMSB Director General Ann Marie Matheson. “We are pleased to once again lead the way among all public school boards in the province and on the island of Montreal.”

In its Partnership Agreement with the Ministry, the EMSB had a goal of 86% for the graduating class of 2016 and 88% 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 80.1% while it stands at 76.5% for public schools only.

View the complete listing of 2016 school board success rates (PDF)

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