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EMSB continues to boast the highest success rate among public boards

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Montreal - Wednesday, April 3, 2024

The English Montreal School Board is pleased to announce its continued achievement of the highest graduation success rate in the province.

According to the latest statistics from the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec, in 2022, the board's graduation rate stands at an impressive 92.7 percent, marking a slight increase from 91.6 percent in 2021. While the majority of students graduated within five years, it's noteworthy that the Ministry allows for a two-year extension to ensure students have ample opportunities to earn their diplomas or obtain their initial qualifications. Currently, the EMSB’s six-year cohort boasts a remarkable success rate of 94.8 percent.

The province-wide Success Rate, which includes both public and private school results, stands at 84.1 percent. Broken down further, the public system’s average is 81.6 percent while for private sector the number is 94 percent. 

“Since our six-year rate is already at 94.89 percent, we are poised to surpass this year’s rate, restoring our success to pre-pandemic results,” said EMSB Chair Joe Ortona. “These results are particularly favorable considering that this cohort was affected by the pandemic. The province reinstated uniform exams in June 2022, signalling a return to regular evaluation and in 2023 returned the weighting of the exams to pre-pandemic rates at 50 percent.  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.   It is comforting to know that they have continued to experience academic success as we emerge from these trying times.”

“We can take great pride in the fact that not only did we well exceed the average of all public schools, we finished ahead of the private system in two of the cohorts,” added EMSB Director General Nick Katalifos. “These past few years have been extremely challenging due to the pandemic,” he said. “Everyone rose to the occasion. The results stem from a collective effort- our teachers,  in-school administrators, support staff and professionals from all of the departments at the Board”

EMSB Director of Educational Services Anna Sanalitro states that 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,” she said. “Maintaining our academic standards, while coming together as a community continues to be our focus moving forward.”

Comparison between 5-Year Cohort Success Rates 

Comparison between 6-Year Cohort Success Rates

Comparison between 7-Year Cohort Success Rates

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 73 schools and centres. For more details, visit the EMSB website at