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COVID-19 and back-to-school – Videos

Since Montreal has been especially hard hit by the health crisis, concerns and questions about the return to the classroom have been expressed.

To help disseminate relevant information about Montreal’s back-to-school situation, Réseau réussite Montréal has produced a number of various short videos in which education and health specialists answer various questions.

These videos were produced as part of the special back-to-school edition of Hooked on School Days, which runs until September 4 with the theme “Back to school. Together. For them.” Réseau réussite Montréal is pleased to have coordinated the Montreal edition of HSD for over 10 years.

We warmly thank the experts for their generosity.

Back to school with Despina Michakis, principal, Dunrae Gardens School 

« Even though the school might look slightly different, we’re still here to help them learn. »

La rentrée selon Jennifer Ouellette, directrice de l’école primaire Montcalm

« On est toujours fébrile, on a vraiment hâte. Parce que une école vide, ce n’est pas une école. Ça prend des rires d’enfants, ça prend des cris d’enfants et ça nous manque beaucoup depuis le mois de mars. »

Back to school with Dre Marie-Joëlle-Bergeron, pediatrician at CHU Sainte-Justine

“I’m quite confident the health of children is not at stake when they are going back to school in September, and I’m quite sure it’s going to be a fun school entry even though it’s going to be a bit different.”

Available in French

Back to school with Montreal regional director of public health Mylène Drouin

Available in French

Back to school according to young people and their parents

La rentrée selon les jeunes et leurs parents


A special edition of HSD for back-to-school 2020

To highlight the very unusual return to school this fall, the Réseau québécoise pour la réussite éducative, of which Réseau réussite Montréal is a member, is today launching a special edition of Hooked on School Days with the slogan “Back to school. Together. For them.” The event will take place from August 17 to September 4.

Returning to school after the summer break is a key moment in young people’s lives. And while this year’s return to school is highly unusual, it still marks the beginning of a path of learning, challenges, socialization, and discovery for thousands of children, teens, and young adults.

In this unprecedented time, it is vital that adults come together with caring and goodwill to support them and get the new school year off to a good start.

This is their time. Let’s be there for them.

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Dossier COVID-19 et réussite: les + récents articles

Voici les récents ajouts à notre dossier Web COVID-19 et réussite éducative, en date du 8 mai 2020.

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Our summer newsletter is out !

Newsletter – June 2019

In this issue: the benefits of summer reading, projects led by and for young people and recent publications on the drop-out issue.

The benefits of summer reading


With summer vacation on our doorstep, some of you may be concerned about loss of academic achievements during the holidays.

Here’s a simple idea to prevent this from happening: read and play word games this summer! Support children in maintaining their skills and having fun while doing it by reading and telling stories around a campfire, making up songs during car trips, giving your grandchildren a journal in which they can paste photos and stories about their holidays, and creating fun and informal ways to integrate reading into their everyday lives.

Organizations can also help children maintain their skills through reading. For example:

  • A day camp organizes a session of reading aloud from a book that inspired the camp’s theme of the week.
  • Municipal wading pools provide bath books in the toddlers bathing area for reading in the water.
  • The local library has a table displaying young adult book series for teenagers who are travelling with their parents!

To reduce educational gaps that may widen among children and teens over the summer (depending on their access to books), facilitate their access to books and literacy activities on diverse platforms and contexts during the summer holidays.


On behalf of the whole team at Réseau réussite Montréal, I wish you a summer filled with small pleasures in the company of those you love.

Andrée Mayer-Périard

Executive Director, Réseau réussite Montréal


– > Read the June Issue of our Newsletter


In this issue: girls and dropping out

Did you know that 43 percent of Montréal dropouts in 2014 were girls?

There is much concern about the academic success of boys – and with good reason. Many actions in this regard are starting to bear fruit, and the dropout rate among boys is declining. The dropout rate among girls is also declining, but more slowly. So the dropout rates for girls and boys are now separated by just a few percentage points.

The realities specific to boys are well known, but those of girls are much less well-documented. And though the dropout rate among girls and boys is now similar, the specific realities related to girls’ dropping out are rarely part of the public debate on this issue. Which is why Réseau réussite Montréal has been examining this issue for several years.

In this edition of the newsletter, we present a number of research findings that we hope will spark a conversation among you and your colleagues about how this issue affects your organization.


Andrée Mayer-Périard
Executive Director, Réseau réussite Montréal


Reading for pleasure: effective actions to motivate 10-20-year-olds

The habit of reading regularly is on the decline among 10–20-year-olds.

So how can we motivate them to read, understand their needs, and learn the best practices in this area. The Centre de transfert pour la réussite éducative du Québec (CTREQ) has produced an inventory of knowledge and the state of research on this issue and offers practical measures to encourage young people to discover or rediscover the pleasure of reading.

Document: Reading for pleasure: effective actions to motivate 10-20-year-olds

Québec government invests in school perseverance initiatives of Montreal Hooked on School

Press release

Québec government invests in school perseverance initiatives of  Montreal Hooked on School

Montreal, May 30, 2016 – Montreal Hooked on School (MHS) is extremely pleased with the Québec government’s announcement to invest nearly $2.8 million in MHS’s initiatives to promote school perseverance among young Montrealers.

“We thank the government for this vote of confidence in Montreal Hooked on School’s capacity to mobilize Montreal society and organizations from all sectors toward engagement in school perseverance. This investment will allow us to continue the work we started in 2009 with our local and regional partners,” notes Pierre Boulay, first vice-chair of Montreal Hooked on School’s board of trustees and director general of the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île.

MHS: helping communities mobilize around school perseverance

The government announced the funding for Montreal Hooked on School this morning at Calixa-Lavallée high school in Montréal-Nord. The school’s close ties with the local community include hosting the organization Programme Horizon Jeunesse. This collaboration between Calixa-Lavallée, Horizon Jeunesse, and other local stakeholders is a tangible illustration of how a mobilized community can benefit young people. “We must work together for our young people! Here in Montréal-Nord, we have a number of projects that involve the entire community. Thanks to the support of Montreal Hooked on School, we have school/family/community partnership agents who work with all local schools and organizations, which benefits all of our young people and their families. MHS has also helped Programme Horizon Jeunesse build partnerships and broaden its activities to include initiatives designed to help youth develop their professional aspirations,” explains Pierre-Richard Simon, director of Programme Horizon Jeunesse.

A strategy to support coordinated local initiatives

Montréal-Nord is one of the neighbourhoods where MHS has implemented its strategy to support and guide coordinated local action. This strategy focuses on coordinating the priorities of schools and communities and on partnerships between organizations in order to help young people persevere and succeed in school. This joint engagement of stakeholders has borne fruit: more youth in Montréal-Nord are staying in school. “The new impetus provided by Montreal Hooked on School has allowed us to come together as a community and concentrate on the actions that benefit young people the most. We are now seeing the tangible results of these joint efforts: a reduction in the dropout rate at local-area schools. But the work isn’t finished yet; we also must persevere to ensure that all of our young people succeed at school,” stresses Dominic Blanchette, principal of Calixa-Lavallée high school.

School perseverance in Montreal: the situation is improving

The high school graduation rate in Montreal has risen from 67.7 percent in 2009 to 76 percent in 2014. These numbers reflect the tireless work of hundreds of organizations and stakeholders in all sectors working with parents, teachers, and school administrations to help kids succeed at school. However, the dropout rate remains significant: one young Montrealer in five still drops out before getting a high school diploma or equivalent. To achieve and surpass the Québec government graduation-rate target (80 percent by 2020), we must continue to improve the situation of young people in Montreal.

Montréal-Nord by the numbers (French-language schools)

  • Rate of high-school leaving without a high school diploma or qualification: 6 to 35.0 percent (depending on school)
  • Rate of vulnerability of kindergarten-aged children in at least one developmental domain:8 to 40.7 percent (depending on sub-territory)
  • Socio-economic environment index (IMSE) decile: 9 to 10 (depending on school) (decile 1 comprises schools with students primarily from the most privileged environments, while decile 10 comprises schools with students primarily from the most underprivileged environments – source: Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur)


About Montreal Hooked on School

Montreal Hooked on School is Montreal’s regional consulting authority on school perseverance. With the support of 33 regional members, including the island’s five school boards, MHS mobilizes and catalyzes Montreal stakeholders in a coordinated effort to implement activities that help young people persevere and succeed in school or reengage with school. In 2014–15, as part of its strategy to support and guide local coordinated action, MHS took part in developing and carrying out 16 action plans and supported the implementation of 165 initiatives that affected 49,184 children, students, and parents in 11 of Montreal’s most sensitive neighbourhoods. In addition, through its regional efforts, MHS guided work on broader issues related to school perseverance, such as school perseverance and gender, work/school balance and Hooked on School Days.