Student/teacher relationship

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The quality of the student-teacher relationship has a significant impact on a student’s school performance, in particular their sense of safety, well-being, engagement at school, and appreciation of school subjects. The effect of student-teacher relationship on school perseverance is even more marked in the case of students at risk of dropping out.

Courses of effective action

  • Make sure that teachers form supportive and positive relationships with students as soon as they enter school, especially in disadvantaged neighbourhoods, by making the entire staff aware of this reality.
  • Develop positive disciplinary models that maintain high expectations for all youth.
  •  Put activities in place that help increase the quality time that students, teachers, and school staff spend together.
  • Broaden the network of adults who are able to support and guide 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)