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EMSB pleased with Success Rate in Graduation and Qualification

Montreal - Friday, September 30, 2022

The English Montreal School Board now boasts the highest Success Rate in Graduation and Qualification among public school boards in the province of Quebec, based on a seven year cohort at 91.6 percent. These figures were released by the Ministère de l’éducation.  

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.

The province-wide Success Rate, which includes both public and private school results, has also increased from 81.8 percent in 2020 to 82.1 percent in 2021. Since the EMSB’s six -year rate is already at 91 percent, the board is poised to surpass this year’s rate, restoring its success to pre-pandemic results.

EMSB Director General Nick Katalifos notes that these results are particularly favourable considering that this cohort was affected by the pandemic. “The province reinstated uniform exams in June 2022, signalling a return to regular evaluation,” he said. “It is reassuring to note that student achievement has remained stable in the courses that are required for graduation. The board continues to prioritize meeting the needs of all students and closing gaps in learning where they exist. “

Added EMSB Director of Education Services Anna Sanalitro: “As for our schools, the year is off to a great start. It is comforting to know that they have continued to experience academic success as we emerge from these trying times.”

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

Mr.  Katalifos  notes how it also  worth noting that the EMSB is only 1.9 percent below the private schools rate. “We are proud to say that accept all students and we are making strides through inclusion, and meeting students' needs individually,” he said. “This is the kind of celebration public education has been waiting for.”

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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