Support for students having difficulty

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A school’s capacity to intervene with at-risk youth is an important factor in preventing dropout. Research has shown that it is possible to considerably reduce the number of students with either academic or behavioural problems by organizing student services into a “wraparound” approach. This model of relies on the community to create an enveloping support network of services for troubled youth and their families. Providing services for troubled youth is a collective responsibility, one that benefits from a territorial view.

Courses of effective action

  • Put in place screening and intervention mechanisms.
  • Put in place organizational models that make use of universal, targeted, and personalized measures.
  • Promote a climate of achievement and learning in the school.
  • Work closely with families.
  • Create collaborative spaces with community partners.

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)