English Montreal School Board

English Montreal School Board (EMSB)

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  • The English Montreal School Board serves the following 14 boroughs and six municipalities: Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Anjou, Côte-des-Neiges-Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Montréal-Nord, Outremont, Le Plateau-Mont-Royal, Rivière-des-Prairies-Pointe-aux-Trembles, Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Saint-Laurent, Saint-Léonard, Le Sud-Ouest, Ville-Marie, Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension; Mont-Royal, Montréal-Est, Westmount, Côte-Saint-Luc, Hampstead, and Montréal-Ouest.

“Would you like to be part of  Québec’s largest English public school board? We serve students from pre-kindergarten to adulthood, recognizing that education is indeed a lifelong learning experience. We value the work of our teachers and appreciate their efforts and contributions to our school communities.”


  • The EMSB was established on July 1, 1998, when the province created new boards along linguistic lines.
  • With a youth and adult sector population of more than 35,000 students, the EMSB is the largest English public school board in Quebec with 77 schools and centres.


The mission of the EMSB is to support its schools and centres in their efforts to educate students within a caring, safe, and inclusive learning community.

To fulfill its mission the EMSB will:

  • Recognize and value the diversity of its community
  • Provide all students with the opportunity to develop their talents and achieve their personal best
  • Recognize the skills and competencies of its employees and support their ongoing professional development
  • Encourage collaboration among the various educational partners
  • Use resources effectively and innovatively to help schools and centres focus on the mission of instruction, socialization, and qualification
  • Encourage lifelong learning and critical thinking

The EMSB mission fosters the development of educated and responsible persons who will assume their position as active members of a democratic society.


The EMSB continues to boast the highest success rate in graduation and qualification among public school boards on the island of Montréal, based on a seven year cohort at 90.3 percent.

Our diverse programs ensure enrichment for those who need it and remediation for others. Our success rate is a testimony to how our board, through a variety of initiatives and support strategies outlined in our Commitment-to-Success Plan, is achieving this goal. No matter what, we never lose sight of our primary purpose: student success! And the proof is in our results.

In addition to certified teachers, the schools also have on-staff psychologists, guidance counsellors, speech pathologists, spiritual community animators, special educators, nutritionists, violence prevention, curriculum consultants and other professionals to provide a stimulating and caring learning environment.

Learning and understanding the French language goes hand in hand with the mission of the EMSB. In order to guarantee that students receive comprehensive French education, the EMSB offers excellent programs in which students graduate bilingual and biliterate. Students at the elementary level are eligible for free transportation to the school closest to their home offering the French program of their choice.

When it comes to high schools, there are a wide variety of choices based on the particular student’s needs. This includes enriched CEGEP preparatory programs offering advanced mathematics and advanced placement, the International Baccalaureate program, music and fine arts concentration, and Sports-Études.

For students with special needs, the EMSB follows a Special Education Policy in which its objective is to provide and organize educational services – whether they have handicaps, social maladjustments or learning disabilities – with the hope of integrating them into regular classroom settings. The EMSB produces Inspirations, a much-praised special needs publication which is distributed twice annually across the Greater Montréal, Laval, and South Shore areas.

The Alternative Outreach High School is designed to provide an opportunity for students who have left school before graduation to return to a different educational setting. It is set up in way that students can continue their studies in a less formal atmosphere. Some programs will lead to sufficient credits for a high school leaving certificate, while others will permit the student to return to a regular high school setting. In some cases, the student will be prepared for entering the work market.

The Before and After School Enriched (B.A.S.E.) Daycare Program is a bridge between the classroom and the home, a wonderful transition for both students and parents alike. It thrives at providing students with opportunities to grow and develop through project-based learning. Through the variety of programs offered, students learn life skills they may not have the chance to learn in class or even at home.

In the adult sector, the EMSB offers a variety of excellent vocational training options from cooking, auto mechanics and hairdressing to cabinetmaking, computers, and business and travel courses.
The EMSB is very active in the field of social media and can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and YouTube.

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