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EMSB pleased with Success Rate in Graduation and Qualification

Montreal - Friday, November 5, 2021

The English Montreal School Board continues to boast the highest Success Rate in Graduation and Qualification among public school boards on the island of Montreal, based on a seven year cohort at 90.3 percent. These figures were released by the Ministere de l’education. Click here to view seven year cohort

While the majority of students graduated after five years, the Ministry allows each cohort to be followed for an additional two years, to ensure that students have every opportunity to graduate or obtain a first qualification.

In addition to having the highest Success Rate on the island of Montreal, the EMSB is also second in the province in the public network and among English boards.

The province-wide Success Rate, which includes both public and private school results, remained stable at 81.8 percent in 2020. Since the EMSB’s six-year rate is already at 89.6 percent, we are poised to surpass this year’s results in 2021.

“These results are particularly favourable considering that students followed a variety of models of instruction during the pandemic,” said EMSB Director General Nick Katalifos.

EMSB Director of Educational Services Anna Sanalitro noted that in March 2020 instruction was pivoted online, directly affecting the students represented in this year’s results. “While unprecedented, the development of various models to deliver our instruction both virtually and in-person brought out the spirit of true collaboration between students, teachers and parents,” she stated.

Educators have never had to contend with the kind of challenges that the pandemic brought on. “Considering this, our achievements this year are truly remarkable’” stated EMSB Chair Joe Ortona. “Maintaining our academic standards, while coming together as a community continues to be our focus moving forward.”

About the English Montreal School Board

With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the English Montreal School Board (EMSB) is the largest English public school board in Quebec. Established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along

linguistic lines, the EMSB network consists of 77 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at

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