Association with peers

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Adolescents easily absorb influences, images, and models that they are exposed to. In this sense, spending time with friends who are motivated by school will shape young people’s attitudes toward school. Future dropouts tend to spend time with peers who have dropped out, who may potentially drop out, or who have low educational goals. Through modeling, a group of delinquent friends could harm a student’s engagement with school and be a factor in their eventual dropping out.

Courses of effective action

  • Increase opportunities to interact with positive peers.
  • Offer varied extracurricular activities that interest youth, including outreach activities, to ensure that especially vulnerable youth take part.
  • Promote joint actions between schools, families, and the community.
  • Establish a positive disciplinary system at home and at school.

School perseverance at a glance

  • 79.8%

    of Montreal students obtain a diploma.

    A 12.1% improvement since 2009.

  • 15.9%

    of Montreal youth drop out before graduating.

    A 8.7% improvement since 2009.

  • 25%

    of Québec dropouts are in Montreal.

    This represents 1,870 Montreal youth who left school without graduating in 2015.

  • 28.9%

    of Montreal kindergarten students are vulnerable in at least one developmental domain.

    This is higher than the Québec average of 25.6%.

  • 84%

    of Québec elementary students living in the most underprivileged conditions are in Montreal.

    An average of 25,245 Montreal families with a child under the age of 18 live in a highly underprivileged area.

Government graduation-rate target for 2020


(Target for the Montreal region, students aged 20 and under)