Private colleges expect a surge in demand for their 6-year programe secondary, which makes it possible to circumvent the obligations of the new law on the official language in English-language CEGEPs.
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“We have many requests for next year. Especially with Law 96… It’s a problem,” says Josée Pépin, the director-general of the Académie Étoile du Nord in Laval.
In Quebec, the school curriculum includes only five years of secondary education. In the rest of Canada and the United States there is a sixth as there is no CEGEP between high school and college.
Several private schools therefore offer the 6e year, known in English as grade 12, generally leading to an Ontario high school diploma.
Students can then go directly to universities around the world, as well as in Quebec, such as McGill and Concordia, in Montreal, without going through CEGEP.
The new A law respecting the official and common language of Quebec, French (Bill 96) requires students in English CEGEPs to take more French courses.
According to a report from Global News, fears sparked by this new arrangement may have caused the Kuper Academy, in Kirkland, on the island of Montreal, to bring forward the announcement of its new 6-year program.e subordinate.
The management of the Kuper Academy has not responded to our interview request.
The newspaper spoke to officials from four other private colleges who have 6 . already offere year.
The Alexander von Humboldt School in Baie-d’Urfé teaches in German from kindergarten to the end of secondary school. Each year, about half of the students in 5e secondary choose to continue in 6ewhile the others decide to go to CEGEP, says deputy director Tobias Grygier.
“But if the law is enforced as it is, we can think it is” [incitera] others stay in 6ehe thinks.
However, most of the managers interviewed believe that it is their personal approach that attracts students more than the language.
“However, we have limited capacity,” said Philippe Bertrand, director general of Collège Bourget, a bilingual establishment near the Ontario border in Rigaud.
This year it has 28 students in its 6-year program.e unsubsidized secondary.
“Some are a little overwhelmed with the school system,” says Suzanne Bailey of Kells Academy, a private school in Montreal.
Among the forty students enrolled this year, there are students who completed their entire education at Kells, as well as young people who were not admitted to their first choice at CEGEP, illustrates Mme Bailey.
At the Collège Bourget, it is mainly top athletes who are registered there because of their complicated schedule, explains Philippe Bertrand.
A partnership with a virtual school in Ontario allows for remote teaching, enabling, for example, young hockey players who are constantly on the go to continue studying.
More expensive than CEGEP
the 6e secondary school offers many advantages, says Josée Pépin of L’Académie Étoile du Nord. More flexibility in the course to meet the requirements, no R rating, good recognition from universities, creating a network of contacts in the dream field, she says.
With tuition ranging from $13,000 to $15,000, a year at Étoile du Nord is much more expensive than CEGEP.
Various programs from 6e have emerged in recent years: in 2015, 2017 or 2019.
But Stanstead College, located on the US border, already offered a 6e secondary long before the invention of CEGEPs and just never stopped offering them, explains director Joanne Carruthers.
“Some people think that the 6e year is a way to skip a year but since most don’t anymore [l’équivalent d’un baccalauréat] 4 years at university. It’s just a different system,” she says.
The Ministry of Education did not respond to our inquiries yesterday.