Self-control and social and behavioural conduct

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Maintaining positive social interactions with peers and adults, having good social skills, and controlling one’s urges are linked to success at school. Students with behavioural problems are also more at risk of having trouble academically, of dropping out, and of exhibiting delinquency and social integration problems.

Courses of effective action

  • Put social skills development workshops in place for all children starting in early childhood.
  • Involve parents in all actions related to their children’s behaviour.
  • Systematically screen youth as soon as they enter school to take early action.
  • Implement measures that reward positive behaviour and reinforcement.
  • Offer extracurricular activities that attract such youth and that give them a chance to work hard, invest themselves, and experience success.

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)