As many Secondary 5 students are planning their future after graduation, the school's Guidance Department has prepared this information package to help both you and your parents consider a number of different options.
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To obtain more detailed information on technology programs, CEGEPs, Vocational Education, Colleges or Universities, we strongly recommend that you write or call the admissions office of the institutions that you have in mind, and/or go to their websites .
You also may visit the SRAM website (Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain) for additional information. It was founded in 1973 by 14 cégeps in the Montreal area that were searching for a solution to the problem of multiple applications for admission.
High School Certification Requirements
To obtain a Secondary School Diploma you must satisfy the following requirements:
• Accumulate 54 credits in Sec IV and V
• At least 20 of which must be in Sec V
• 6 credits in Sec V English
• 4 credits in Sec V French (base course 504)
• 4 credits in Sec IV mathematics
• 4 credits in Sec IV science and tech or 6 credits in Sec IV applied science and tech
• 4 credits in Sec IV history and citizenship education
• 2 credits in Sec IV arts education
• 2 credits in Sec V ethics and religious culture or physical education and health
* CEGEP will accept students with Sec IV math as a minimum requirement but sec V math will have preferred status
Where can I apply?
• Quebec CEGEPS - French or English (for more information, see the next section)
- Two-year pre-university programs
- Three-year career-oriented technology programs
• Vocational Training or Trades (see alternatives to College and University farther below)
• Maritime Universities that may still take Quebec students directly. Ones that recently have include:
- Acadia University (must have 80% avg)
- St. Thomas University
- Mount St. Vincent Memorial University
• Grade 12 at Lower Canada College, Bishops College School, West Island College or Stanstead (recognized only for applying out of the province the following year).
• American Universities and Colleges. (Early application deadlines!) SAT and SAT II tests will likely be required. Ask Mr. Spencer or Ms. Gips for University listings and SAT news.
• Ontario Universities. They want one year of CEGEP, exceptions have a qualifying year:
- Carlton University in Ottawa
- Brescia College at Western (n.b. Deadlines in February)
• Community Colleges in Ontario and other provinces.
• Military College
N.B. After one year of CEGEP study you are eligible for many Universities outside Quebec (If you select the right courses)
Assuming you are going the traditional route of CEGEP, what do you need to apply?
• John Abbott and Vanier College or French CEGEPs:
Under the SRAM system of processing applications you are responsible for:
- Going on-line to the OMINIVOX website to apply. Entire procedure is done electronically, including application fee of $30. (recommended)
- Payment can be mailed, if preferred. Must be a certified check or money order.
• Dawson, Marianopolis, Champlain (St. Lambert)
Under the cooperative application system of these colleges, you are responsible for sending:
- Application form – an on-line application is also available and is recommended.
- Application fee $30 can be paid on-line, if mailing payment it must be a certified cheque or money order
- Copy of birth certificate
- Address stickers (provided)
(n.b. one application covers two colleges)
• Champlain (Lennoxville)
You are responsible for sending:
- Application form and certified cheque or money order
- Any other information specifically requested in the Champlain application package
- Academic marks - Sec IV and V
(Residence application is separate)
• Maritime Universities
Residence application deadlines may be sooner than the standard March 1st CEGEP deadline.
Consult individual university calendars for specific admission requirements.
Request the guidance office to complete your application file by sending the appropriate documents requested by the university.
• Other Institutions
Application procedures and requirements generally match those of (3) above.
Consult individual calendars and/or counsellor for specific information.
1. Complete the application form, making sure you include everything asked for. I recommend you retain a hard copy of each application for your own records.
2. It is vital that if you feel your circumstances are unusual or require special consideration by the institutions to which you are applying that you include a letter from an official who knows your situation i.e. Guidance Counsellor, Social Worker or Teacher. For example if you missed classes due to illness, experiencing serious family problems or planning to write a high school leaving exam in August, a letter explaining your situation may well help your chances of acceptance. If your marks are poor, this extra information may be crucial to your acceptance.
3. You must complete the CEGEP application procedure before March 1st. It is possible to apply later, but you run the risk of not being accepted because you were late.