Start your educational journey with the English Montreal School Board.

The English Montreal School Board serves more than 35,000 students who attend some 73 schools and centres in the youth and adult sectors on the island of Montreal.  From pre-kindergarten to vocational training programs, the EMSB provides a caring, safe and inclusive learning community that is focused on academic excellence.


Registrations for the 2024-2025 school year

The EMSB is presently accepting registrations for the upcoming school year. All registrations are by appointment only. Walk-ins are not accepted. Visitors must use the main entrance of the building when they come to their appointment at the Central Office.

If you live outside of EMSB territory (i.e.: North Shore, South Shore, West Island, Lasalle, Verdun, Lachine, Châteauguay), you must contact the School Board of your territory to apply for a Certificate of English Eligibility. 

Use the link below to determine the English school board representing the territory in which you live.

Click here to find out which school board represents your region   Click here to find out which regions are part of the EMSB territory   Click here to book your appointment for an application for a certificate of English eligibility 

If you have any questions, please email us at

Click here for a list of documents required to apply for a certificate of English eligibility based on your Canadian status.

Register for school

In order to register a student with the English Montreal School Board, you must register at the school. The process and requirements differ depending on academic level, education history and your country of origin. Find out what's required in the registration section.

Elementary or SecondaryAdult Education Vocational Training

Find out if your child is eligible to attend an English public school.

In order to qualify for English instruction in Quebec public schools, students must meet certain criteria under the  Charter of the French Language as set out by the Quebec government.

Attended English School in Canada Temporary Residents of Quebec Special Exceptions

Become an international student! The English Montreal School Board welcomes students from all over the world into our international program. Click here to learn more about the enrollment process if you live in another country.

International Students

Visit our office

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, walk-ins are no longer accepted. You must book an appointment online to apply for a certificate of English eligibility (new or renewal) for your child. Please click on the link below to book your appointment.

Click here to book an appointment

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Can my child attend school before they are of age?

The Board may grant early entry (derogation) to a child who has not reached the age of admission. This requires an evaluation of the child by a psychologist. Learn more about this process.

Early Entry (Derogation)