Educational and career aspirations

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Students’ educational and career aspirations are highly influential on their school perseverance. Students who have well-defined educational and career goals find the motivation they need to stick with their studies. Setting such goals is highly influenced by students’ self-perception of their educational abilities. Parents also play a crucial role in the development of their children’s educational and career aspirations.

Courses of effective action

  • Put in place activities that guide parents in encouraging their children to develop and pursue educational and career aspirations.
  •  Put in place youth mentoring and guidance activities.
  • Put in place activities for vulnerable youth.

School perseverance at a glance

  • 79.8%

    of Montreal students obtain a diploma.

    A 12.1% improvement since 2009.

  • 18%

    of Montreal youth drop out before graduating.

    A 6.6% improvement since 2009.

  • 26%

    of Québec dropouts are in Montreal.

    This represents 2,080 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)