School performance in reading, writing and mathematics

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When young people have trouble reading and writing, it affects their performance in all subjects and on their schooling in general. Research has demonstrated close ties between poor grades and the likelihood that a student will drop out.

Courses of effective action

  • Establish emergent literacy programs in day- and child-care centres (early action).
  • Mobilize families and the community to put in place literacy, numeracy, and academic support activities.

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)