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chapter I-13.3, r. 8

Basic school regulation for preschool, elementary and secondary education

Education Act
 (chapter I-13.3, s. 447)

CHAPTER  I
NATURE AND OBJECTIVES OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

1.  The educational services offered to students include preschool education services, elementary and secondary instructional services, student services and special services.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 1.

DIVISION  I
PRESCHOOL EDUCATION SERVICES AND ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES

2.  The purpose of preschool education services is to promote the overall development of children by helping them to acquire the attitudes and competencies that will facilitate their success as students and as individuals and by enabling them to integrate gradually into society.

The purpose of elementary instructional services is to promote the overall development of students and their integration into society through basic learning, which will contribute to the progressive development of their autonomy and will prepare them for the level of learning required in secondary school.

The purpose of secondary instructional services is to further the overall development of students, to foster their social integration and to help them determine personal and career goals. The services complement and reinforce the basic education received by students so that they may obtain a Secondary School Diploma or other occupational qualifications and, as the case may be, pursue postsecondary studies.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 2.

DIVISION  II
STUDENT SERVICES

3.  The purpose of student services is to help students to progress in their various types of learning.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 3.

4.  Student services for which programs are to be established under the first paragraph of section 224 of the Education Act (chapter I-13.3) shall include the following:

  (1)    support services designed to provide students with conditions that are conducive to learning;

  (2)    student life services designed to foster students' autonomy and sense of responsibility, their moral and spiritual dimensions, their interpersonal and community relationships, as well as their feeling of belonging to the school;

  (3)    counselling services designed to help students throughout their studies, with their academic and career choices, and with any difficulties they encounter;

  (4)    promotion and prevention services designed to provide students with an environment conducive to the development of a healthy lifestyle and of skills that are beneficial to their health and well-being;

  (5)    (paragraph revoked).

O.C. 651-2000, s. 4; O.C. 865-2001, s. 1.

5.  Student services provided under section 4 must include the following:

  (1)    services designed to promote student participation in school life;

  (2)    services designed to educate students about their rights and responsibilities;

  (3)    sports, cultural and social activities;

  (4)    support services for the use of the documentary resources of the school library;

  (5)    academic and career counselling and information;

  (6)    psychological services;

  (7)    psychoeducational services;

  (8)    special education services;

  (9)    remedial education services;

  (10)    speech therapy services;

  (11)    health and social services;

  (12)    services in spiritual care and guidance and community involvement.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 5; O.C. 865-2001, s. 2.

DIVISION  III
SPECIAL SERVICES

6.  Special services are designed for students who, because of particular circumstances, require welcoming services and services providing assistance in learning French or home or hospital instruction.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 6.

7.  Welcoming services and assistance in learning French are designed for students whose first language is not French, who are receiving educational services in French for the first time, and whose knowledge of French does not enable them to keep up with a regular class. Those students may benefit from assistance in learning French for more than 1 school year.

The purpose of the welcoming services and assistance in learning French is to help the students to integrate into a regular class where instructional services are provided in French.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 7.

8.  Home or hospital instruction is designed for students who are unable to attend school because they require specialized health care or social services.

The purpose of home or hospital instruction is to allow students who are unable to attend school to achieve the objectives of the programs of studies.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 8.

CHAPTER  II
GENERAL ORGANIZATIONAL FRAMEWORK FOR EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

DIVISION  I
ADMISSION AND SCHOOL ATTENDANCE

9.  In order for a person to be admitted for the first time to the educational services offered by a school board, an application must be submitted to the school board under whose jurisdiction that person falls.

An application for admission must include the following information:

  (1)    the person's name;

  (2)    the person's residential address;

  (3)    the names of the person's parents, unless the person is of full age;

  (4)    (paragraph revoked).

O.C. 651-2000, s. 9; O.C. 865-2001, s. 3.

10.  If the person has already attended an educational institution in Québec, the application for admission must include an official document bearing the permanent code assigned to the person by the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, such as a report card.

If the person cannot provide such a document, because, for example, the person will be attending an educational institution in Québec for the first time, the application for admission must include a birth certificate bearing the names of the person's parents, except if the person is of full age, or a copy of the person's act of birth issued by the registrar of civil status.

If, for one of the reasons set out in articles 130 and 139 of the Civil Code, a copy of the person's act of birth or birth certificate cannot be provided, the application for admission must include an affidavit attesting to the person's date and place of birth. That affidavit shall be made by the person, if of full age, or by one of the person's parents.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 10.

11.  The school board shall inform the parents or the person, if of full age, whether the application for admission has been accepted or refused.

A school board that admits a student who was attending a school or centre in another board or a private educational institution must send that school board or institution an attestation of admission.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 11.

12.  Children who reach the age of 5 before 1 October of the current school year and whose parents have submitted an application for admission shall be admitted to preschool education.

Children living in low-income areas, within the meaning of Schedule I, who reach the age of 4 before 1 October of the current school year and whose parents have made an application, shall be admitted to preschool education; the Minister shall establish a list of the school boards authorized to admit those students living in low-income areas and shall determine the conditions for their admission.

Children with handicaps, within the meaning of Schedule I, who reach the age of 4 before 1 October of the current school year and whose parents have made an application, shall be admitted to preschool education.

Children who reach the age of 6 before 1 October of the current school year shall be admitted to elementary school.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 12.

13.  A student shall be promoted from elementary to secondary school after 6 years of elementary school studies; a student may however be promoted after 5 years of studies if he or she has achieved the objectives of the programs of studies at the elementary level and has acquired sufficient emotional and social maturity.

It is up to the school board responsible for the elementary education of the student to determine whether or not that student satisfies the requirements of the elementary level.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 13; O.C. 488-2005, s. 1; O.C. 699-2007, s. 1.

13.1.  For elementary education and at the end of the first year of secondary school, the school principal may, exceptionally, in a student's interest, allow the student to remain for a second year in the same class if it is evident from the student's individualized education plan that such a measure is, among possible measures, a measure more likely to facilitate the student's academic progress.

The measure, which may be used only once during elementary education, must not result in the student being promoted to secondary school after more than 6 years of elementary school studies, subject to the power of the principal, at the end of that period, to admit the student to an additional year of elementary school studies in accordance with the Act.

O.C. 699-2007, s. 2; O.C. 881-2007; O.C. 399-2010, s. 1.

14.  A person who is over the age limit referred to in the first paragraph of section 1 of the Education Act (chapter I-13.3) may, on the conditions the Minister determines, be admitted to the educational services provided by a school if the person

  (1)    was enrolled in the previous school year

  (a)      in a school or vocational training centre established by a school board;

  (b)      in a private educational institution in Québec that offered elementary or secondary education; or

  (c)      in an educational institution outside Québec that offered instruction equivalent to elementary or secondary education provided in Québec; or

  (2)    was enrolled, in the last 24 months, in an educational institution referred to in paragraph 1, but was unable to be enrolled in that educational institution in the preceding school year because the person

  (a)      gave birth to a child;

  (b)      was caring for a child under the age of 12 months; or

  (c)      was unable for more than 1 month to continue studies and that incapacity is supported by a medical certificate.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 14; O.C. 488-2005, s. 2.

DIVISION  II
CYCLES OF INSTRUCTION

15.  Elementary education is organized into 3 cycles of 2 years each.

Secondary education is organized into 2 cycles: the first covers 2 school years and the second, 3 school years.

A cycle is a period of learning during which students acquire knowledge and competencies in each subject area which prepare them for further studies.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 15; O.C. 488-2005, s. 3; O.C. 712-2010, s. 1.

DIVISION  III
SCHOOL CALENDAR AND PRESCRIBED TIME

16.  The school calendar for students shall consist of the equivalent of a maximum of 200 days, at least 180 of which must be devoted to educational services.

However, for the students with handicaps and the students living in the low-income areas referred to in the second and third paragraphs of section 12, the school calendar shall consist of the equivalent of a maximum of 200 half-days, at least 180 of which must be devoted to educational services, unless the school board, to the extent and on the conditions determined by the Minister, grants them an exemption.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 16.

17.  For children in preschool education, the week shall consist of a minimum of 23 hours and 30 minutes devoted to educational services; for elementary students, the week shall consist of a minimum of 25 hours devoted to such services.

All students shall have a minimum period of 50 minutes for lunch every day, in addition to the prescribed time for educational services. Elementary students shall also have a recess in both the morning and the afternoon, in addition to the prescribed time.

However, for the students with handicaps and the students living in low-income areas referred to in the second and third paragraphs of section 12, the week shall consist of a minimum of 11 hours and 45 minutes devoted to educational services, unless the school board, to the extent and on the conditions determined by the Minister, grants them an exemption.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 17; O.C. 488-2005, s. 4.

18.  For secondary students, the week shall consist of a minimum of 25 hours devoted to educational services. The students shall also have a minimum period of 50 minutes for lunch and 5 minutes between each class, in addition to the prescribed time.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 18.

18.1.  Despite the first paragraph of section 17, the first school days of the school calendar for children in preschool education may be used to allow them to enter school gradually.

Each day used for gradual entry to school constitutes, for the purposes of the first paragraph of section 16, the equivalent of one day of class in the school calendar devoted to educational services.

O.C. 399-2010, s. 2.

18.2.  For students in elementary school and students in the first cycle of secondary school, the school calendar must consist of at least 720 hours devoted to the instruction of the compulsory subjects provided for in section 22 or 23, as the case may be.

For students in the second cycle of secondary school, the calendar must consist of at least 648 hours devoted to the instruction of the subjects provided for in section 23.1 and the elective subjects appearing on the list drawn up by the Minister under the Act.

O.C. 399-2010, s. 2.

19.  The following days are school holidays for students:

  (1)    Saturdays and Sundays;

  (2)    1 July;

  (3)    the first Monday in September;

  (4)    the second Monday in October;

  (5)    24, 25 and 26 December;

  (6)    31 December, 1 and 2 January;

  (7)    Good Friday and Easter Monday;

  (8)    the Monday preceding 25 May;

  (9)    24 June.

However, despite subparagraph 1 of the first paragraph, educational services may be offered to students on Saturdays and Sundays, with the parents’ authorization.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 19; O.C. 399-2010, s. 3.

DIVISION  IV
INFORMATION AND DOCUMENTS TO BE SUPPLIED TO THE STUDENT'S PARENTS

20.  At the beginning of the school year, the principal shall ensure that the following documents are provided to the parents of each student or to the student, if of full age:

  (1)    the general rules of the school and the calendar of the school's activities;

  (2)    information on the preschool education program or, in the case of an elementary or a secondary student, information on the student's programs of studies and a list of the textbooks required for the programs;

  (3)    the name of the student's teacher in the case of a child in preschool education and, in all other cases, the names of all the student's teachers, including, where applicable, the name of the homeroom teacher;

  (4)    in the case of an elementary or a secondary student, a summary of the standards and procedures for the evaluation of student learning approved by the school principal, indicating in particular the nature of the main evaluations and the period during which they are scheduled for each subject.

If, during the year, significant adjustments are made to the information to which subparagraph 4 of the first paragraph applies, the school principal ensures that the adjustments are also communicated to the parents or to the student.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 20; O.C. 712-2010, s. 2.

DIVISION  V
INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIAL

21.  In addition to the right of personal use of school textbooks in accordance with section 7 of the Education Act (chapter I-13.3), elementary or secondary students shall have access to the instructional material selected in accordance with the Act for their programs of studies. Children in preschool education shall have access to the instructional material required by the programs of activities provided for them.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 21.

DIVISION  VI
SUBJECT-TIME ALLOCATIONS

22.  In elementary school, the compulsory subjects taught each year and the suggested number of hours per week for each are as follows:

___________________________________________________________________________________

                                 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                 
___________________________________________________________________________________
                                         |                               
               CYCLE ONE                 |          CYCLES TWO and THREE          
             Grades 1 and 2              |          Grades 3, 4, 5 and 6
_________________________________________|_________________________________________
                                         |
     Compulsory Subjects           Time  |     Compulsory Subjects          Time  
_________________________________________|_________________________________________
                                         |
 Language of instruction            9 h  | Language of instruction            7 h
_________________________________________|_________________________________________
                                         |
 Mathematics                        7 h  | Mathematics                        5 h
_________________________________________|_________________________________________
                                         |
 Physical education and health      2 h  | Physical education and health      2 h
_________________________________________|_________________________________________
                                         |
 Total apportioned time             18 h | Total apportioned time            14 h
_________________________________________|_________________________________________
                                         |
 Second language                         | Second language
 (French or English)                     | (French or English)
_________________________________________|_________________________________________
                                         |
 Arts education:                         | Arts education:
 2 of the 4 following subjects:          | 2 of the 4 subjects prescribed
    Drama;                               | for Cycle One, 1 of which is
    Visual arts;                         | taught in that Cycle
    Dance;                               |
    Music.                               |
_________________________________________|__________________________________________
                                         |
 Ethics and religious culture            | Ethics and religious culture
_________________________________________|__________________________________________
                                         |
                                         | Geography, history
                                         | citizenship education
                                         |__________________________________________
                                         | 
                                         | Science and technology
_________________________________________|__________________________________________
                                         |
 Unapportioned time                 7 h  | Unapportioned time                11 h 
_________________________________________|__________________________________________
                                         |
 Total time                        25 h  | Total time                        25 h
_________________________________________|__________________________________________        

O.C. 651-2000, s. 22; O.C. 865-2001, s. 4; O.C. 488-2005, s. 5; O.C. 380-2008, s. 1.

23.  In the first cycle of secondary school, the compulsory subjects taught each year, the suggested number of hours per cycle for each and the number of credits per subject are as follows:

___________________________________________________________________________________
                                              
                          SECONDARY EDUCATION - CYCLE ONE                          
                Compulsory subjects in Secondary I and Secondary II               
___________________________________________________________________________________

         French, language of                         English, language of          
             instruction                                 instruction    
        400 hours - 16 credits                      300 hours - 12 credits        
______________________________________  or  _______________________________________

       English, second language                     French, second language        
        200 hours - 8 credits                       300 hours - 12 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

                                    Mathematics     
                              300 hours - 12 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

                              Science and technology
                               200 hours - 8 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

                                    Geography      
                               150 hours - 6 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

                        History and citizenship education
                               150 hours - 6 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

                                 Arts education
                              200 hours - 8 credits
							  
                          1 of the 4 following subjects:                        
                                      Drama;                                      
                                   Visual arts;
                                      Dance;
                                      Music.
___________________________________________________________________________________

                          Physical education and health
                              100 hours - 4 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

                           Ethics and religious culture
                              100 hours - 4 credits    
___________________________________________________________________________________                

O.C. 651-2000, s. 23; O.C. 865-2001, s. 5; O.C. 488-2005, ss. 6 and 16; O.C. 380-2008, s. 2.

23.1.  In the second cycle of secondary school, students shall choose, each year, the general education path or applied general education path.

For those paths, the suggested number of hours per year for each subject and the number of credits for each are as follows:

___________________________________________________________________________________

                          SECONDARY EDUCATION - CYCLE TWO                         
                              GENERAL EDUCATION PATH        
___________________________________________________________________________________

        Secondary III                 Secondary IV                Secondary V
___________________________________________________________________________________

        Compulsory                    Compulsory                  Compulsory
         Subjects                      Subjects                    Subjects      
___________________________________________________________________________________

French,          English,        Language of instruction    Language of instruction 
language of      language of     150 hours - 6 credits      150 hours - 6 credits
instruction      instruction

200 hours        150 hours
- 8 credits       - 6 credits
             or
English,         French,         Second language            Second language
second           second          100 hours - 4 credits      100 hours - 4 credits
language         language

100 hours        150 hours 
- 4 credits      - 6 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

Mathematics                      Mathematics                Mathematics
150 hours - 6 credits            100 or 150 hours           100 or 150 hours 
                                 - 4 or 6 credits           - 4 or 6 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

Science and technology           Science and technology
150 hours - 6 credits            100 hours - 4 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

History and citizenship          History and citizenship    Contemporary world
education                        education
100 hours - 4 credits            100 hours - 4 credits      100 hours - 4 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

Arts education:                  Arts education:            Arts education:
1 of the 4                       1 of the 4                 1 of the 4 
following                        following                  following
subjects:                        subjects:                  subjects:
Drama                            Drama                      Drama
Visual arts                      Visual arts                Visual arts
Dance                            Dance                      Dance
Music                            Music                      Music
50 hours - 2 credits             50 hours - 2 credits       50 hours - 2 credits 
___________________________________________________________________________________

Physical education               Physical education         Physical education 
and health                       and health                 and health
50 hours - 2 credits             50 hours - 2 credits       50 hours - 2 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

                                 Ethics and religious       Ethics and religious 
                                 culture                    culture
                                 100 hours - 4 credits      50 hours - 2 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

                                                            
       Elective Subjects           Elective Subjects           Elective Subjects
     100 hours - 4 credits         100 or 150 hours            250 or 300 hours
                                   - 4 or 6 credits            - 10 or 12 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

                          SECONDARY EDUCATION - CYCLE TWO                         
                          APPLIED GENERAL EDUCATION PATH
___________________________________________________________________________________

        Secondary III                 Secondary IV                Secondary V
___________________________________________________________________________________

         Compulsory                    Compulsory                 Compulsory
          Subjects                      Subjects                   Subjects     
___________________________________________________________________________________

French,          English,        Language of instruction    Language of instruction
language of      language of     150 hours - 6 credits      150 hours - 6 credits
instruction      instruction

200 hours        150 hours
- 8 credits      - 6 credits
             or
English,         French,         Second language            Second language
second           second          100 hours - 4 credits      100 hours - 4 credits
language         language

100 hours        150 hours
- 4 credits      - 6 credits 
___________________________________________________________________________________

Mathematics                      Mathematics                Mathematics
150 hours - 6 credits            100 or 150 hours           100 or 150 hours 
                                 - 4 or 6 credits           - 4 or 6 credits 

___________________________________________________________________________________

Applied science and              Applied science and 
technology                       technology
150 hours - 6 credits            150 hours - 6 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

History and citizenship          History and citizenship    Contemporary world
education                        education 
100 hours - 4 credits            100 hours - 4 credits      100 hours - 4 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

Arts education:                  Arts education:            Arts education:
1 of the 4                       1 of the 4                 1 of the 4 
following subjects:              following subjects:        following subjects:
Drama                            Drama                      Drama
Visual arts                      Visual arts                Visual arts
Dance                            Dance                      Dance
Music                            Music                      Music
50 hours - 2 credits             50 hours - 2 credits       50 hours - 2 credits 
___________________________________________________________________________________

Physical education               Physical education         Physical education 
and health                       and health                 and health
50 hours - 2 credits             50 hours - 2 credits       50 hours - 2 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

Personal orientation             Ethics and religious       Ethics and religious 
project                          culture                    project
100 hours - 4 credits            100 hours - 4 credits      50 hours - 2 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________

                                                            
                                 Elective Subjects          Elective Subjects
                                  50 or 100 hours            250 or 300 hours
                                 - 2 or 4 credits           - 10 or 12 credits 
___________________________________________________________________________________

                                 Exploration of             Exploration of 
                                 vocational                 vocational
                                 training                   training
                                 2 or 4 credits             2 or 4 credits


                                 Personal orientation       Entrepreneurship
                                 project                    2 or 4 credits
                                 4 credits                  


                                 Entrepreneurship
                                 2 or 4 credits
___________________________________________________________________________________                    

The Secondary IV compulsory subject Ethics and religious culture may, subject to section 26, be taught to Secondary III students and, if applicable, the credits assigned for that subject may be given to those students.

In addition to the elective subjects that schools choose among those on the list drawn up by the Minister, the schools must offer students in the applied general education path the elective subjects specific to that path if those subjects are on the list.

Schools may use the time allotted for the elective subjects for remedial purposes to extend the time allotted for the compulsory subjects or to implement student services programs. No credits are given in those cases. Schools may also offer as elective subjects local programs of studies for which credits are given.

O.C. 488-2005, ss. 6 and 16; O.C. 699-2007, s. 3; O.C. 399-2010, s. 4; O.C. 855-2011, s. 1.

23.2.  A school board may, to the extent and on the conditions the Minister determines, exempt the following students from the application of section 22, 23 or 23.1:

  (1)    students with moderate to severe intellectual handicaps, within the meaning of section 1 of Schedule II;

  (2)    students with profound intellectual handicaps, within the meaning of section 2 of Schedule II;

  (3)    students receiving welcoming services and assistance in learning French or students receiving home or hospital instruction.

O.C. 488-2005, s. 6.

23.3.  At the secondary level, the work-oriented training path comprises the following 2 training paths: pre-work training and training leading to a semi-skilled trade.

A student who is at least 15 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which he or she begins the training may enroll in either training path if the student's last report card of the school year or individualized education plan shows that

  (1)    the training path, among all the training paths offered at the secondary level, is most likely to meet the student's interests, needs and abilities;

  (2)    the student meets the special requirements for admission to pre-work training set out in section 23.4 or to training leading to a semi-skilled trade set out in section 23.5, as the case may be.

O.C. 488-2005, s. 6; O.C. 712-2010, s. 3.

23.4.  A student may be admitted to pre-work training if the student has not achieved the objectives of the elementary level programs of studies for language of instruction and mathematics.

A student enrolled in pre-work training shall receive the following general education and practical training concurrently:

______________________________________________________________________________

                          WORK-ORIENTED TRAINING PATH
                               PRE-WORK TRAINING
______________________________________________________________________________

       Secondary I              Secondary II             Secondary III        
______________________________________________________________________________

                              General Education
______________________________________________________________________________

 Compulsory   Prescribed   Compulsory    Prescribed   Compulsory   Prescribed
  Subjects      Time        Subjects       Time        Subjects      Time
______________________________________________________________________________

Language of     150h      Language of      100h       Language of     50h
instruction               instruction                 instruction
______________________________________________________________________________

Second language  50h      Second language   50h
______________________________________________________________________________

Mathematics     150h      Mathematics      100h       Mathematics     50h
______________________________________________________________________________

Technological   100h
and scientific 
experimentation 
______________________________________________________________________________

Geography,       50h      Geography,        50h       Geography,      50h
history and               history and                 history and
citizenship               citizenship                 citizenship
education                 education                   education
______________________________________________________________________________

Physical         50h      Physical          50h
education and             education and
health                    health
______________________________________________________________________________

Autonomy and    100h      Autonomy and     100h       Autonomy and    50h
social                    social                      social
participation             participation               participation
______________________________________________________________________________

Unapportioned    50h      Unapportioned     50h       Unapportioned   50h
time                      time                        time
______________________________________________________________________________

                              Practical Training
______________________________________________________________________________

 Compulsory   Prescribed   Compulsory    Prescribed   Compulsory   Prescribed
  Subjects      Time        Subjects       Time        Subjects      Time
______________________________________________________________________________

Preparation      50h      Preparation      100h       Preparation     50h
for the job               for the job                 for the job
market                    market                      market
______________________________________________________________________________

World of work   150h      Work skills      300h       Work skills    600h
orientation
______________________________________________________________________________

Total           900h       Total           900h       Total          900h
______________________________________________________________________________        

In the third year of pre-work training, a student may take the 375 hours of preparation for a semi-skilled trade out of the prescribed time for the work skills program, if the student

  (1)    successfully completed the work skills program in the second year of training; and

  (2)    meets the special requirements established by the Minister for admission to the program leading to the semi-skilled trade.

O.C. 488-2005, s. 6.

23.5.  A student may be admitted to training for a semi-skilled trade if

  (1)    the student has achieved the objectives of the elementary level programs of studies for language of instruction and mathematics, but has not earned the credits in the first cycle of the secondary level in those subjects; and

  (2)    the student meets the special requirements established by the Minister for admission to the program leading to the semi-skilled trade.

A student enrolled in training for a semi-skilled trade shall receive the following general education and practical training concurrently:

__________________________________________________________

               WORK-ORIENTED TRAINING PATH
            TRAINING FOR A SEMI-SKILLED TRADE
__________________________________________________________

                   General Education
__________________________________________________________

    Compulsory Subjects             Prescribed Time
__________________________________________________________

Language of instruction                  200h
__________________________________________________________

Second language                          100h
__________________________________________________________

Mathematics                              150h
__________________________________________________________

                   Practical Training
__________________________________________________________

    Compulsory Subjects             Prescribed Time
__________________________________________________________

Preparation for the job market            75h
__________________________________________________________

Preparation for a semi-skilled trade     375h
__________________________________________________________

TOTAL                                    900h
__________________________________________________________            

O.C. 488-2005, s. 6.

24.  For students admitted to an English language school, French as the language of instruction for subjects other than French as a second language may be used with the parents' authorization.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 24; O.C. 488-2005, s. 7.

25.  The school may, without authorization from the Minister, assign a maximum of 4 credits for a local program of studies.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 25.

26.  Schools provide 25 hours of instructional services for each of the credits assigned for a program of studies, unless the compulsory objectives and contents of the program may be achieved within less time.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 26.

27.  Students who show that they have achieved the objectives of a program by passing an examination set by the school or the school board are not required to take that program. The time allotted for that program shall be used for learning purposes.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 27.

DIVISION  VII
EVALUATION OF LEARNING

28.  Evaluation is the process whereby a judgment is made on a student's learning, that is, knowledge and competencies in each subject area, on the basis of information gathered, analyzed and interpreted, for the purpose of making pedagogical and, where appropriate, administrative decisions.

A decision to promote a student to the next cycle shall be based on the student's last report card of the last school year and on the rules governing promotion established by the school or the school board, according to their respective responsibilities.

In the second cycle of the secondary level, the promotion of a student to the next year shall be by subject in the case of a student taking the general education path or the applied general education path.

O.C. 488-2005, s. 8; O.C. 699-2007, s. 7; O.C. 712-2010, s. 4.

28.1.  For elementary and secondary education, the pass mark is 60% for each subject.

O.C. 712-2010, s. 5.

29.  In order to inform a student's parents of the student's learning and behaviour, the school provides one written communication, other than a report card, to the parents no later than 15 October. If the student is of full age, the communication is provided to the student.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 29; O.C. 488-2005, s. 9; O.C. 712-2010, s. 6.

29.1.  In order to inform a student's parents of the student's academic progress, the school provides a report card to the parents at the end of each of the 3 terms, in the form prescribed by Schedules IV to VII. If the student is of full age, the report cards are provided to the student.

The report cards are provided no later than 20 November for the first term, 15 March for the second term and 10 July for the third term.

O.C. 712-2010, s. 6.

29.2.  At least once a month, information is provided to the parents of a minor in the following cases:

  (1)    the student's results put him or her at risk of not obtaining the pass mark for the programs of studies or, for a child in preschool education, when the child's progress indicates that he or she will not be ready to proceed to the first grade of elementary school at the beginning of the following school year;

  (2)    the student's behaviour does not comply with the school's rules of conduct;

  (3)    an individualized education plan providing for the information was prepared for the student.

The information is intended to foster collaboration between the parents and the school in correcting learning difficulties and behavioural problems as soon as they appear and, in some cases, in implementing an individualized education plan.

O.C. 712-2010, s. 6.

30.  The report card for preschool education must be consistent with the report card in Schedule IV and contain all the information shown in sections 1 and 2 of the report card in the schedule; the last report card of the school year must contain all the information shown in section 4 of the report card in the schedule.

The results shown in section 2 of the report card must indicate the status of the development of the competencies in the Preschool Education program, if the competencies have been evaluated or, in the case of the last report card of the school year, a report on the level of development achieved by the student for each competency in the Preschool Education program.

The status of the development of the competencies and the report on the level of development of the competencies are based on the framework for the evaluation of learning for the Preschool Education program as established by the Minister.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 30; O.C. 488-2005, s. 10; O.C. 699-2007, s. 8; O.C. 712-2010, s. 7.

30.1.  The report cards for elementary education and the first or second cycle of secondary education must be consistent with the report cards in Schedules V to VII, as applicable. They must contain all the information shown in sections 1 to 3 of the report cards in the schedules; for the last report card of the school year in elementary education or the first cycle of secondary education, the report cards must contain the information shown in section 5 of the report card in the applicable schedule.

A student's results in section 2 of the report cards must include

  (1)    a detailed result per competency for the language of instruction, second language and mathematics subjects;

  (2)    a detailed result per component, theory and practical, for compulsory and elective science subjects, other than mathematics, such as Science and Technology and Applied Science and Technology;

  (3)    a subject mark for each subject taught and the group average.

At the end of the first 2 terms of the school year, the detailed results, for the subjects for which such results are required, are detailed only for the competencies or components that have been evaluated.

At the end of the third term of the school year, the results consist in a report pertaining to the program of study, indicating the student's result for the competencies or components of the programs of studies for the subjects in subparagraphs 1 and 2 of the second paragraph as well as, for each subject taught, the student's subject mark and the group average.

The last report card of the school year includes the student's final mark for the competencies or components of the programs of studies established by the Minister for the subjects in subparagraphs 1 and 2 of the second paragraph as well as the student's final subject mark and the final group average for each subject taught. In secondary education, the credits earned for each subject passed are also indicated.

O.C. 488-2005, s. 11; O.C. 699-2007, s. 9; O.C. 712-2010, s. 7.

30.2.  The results in section 2 of the elementary school report cards or secondary school report cards, cycle one or two, must all be expressed as a percentage. The results are based on the framework for the evaluation of learning established by the Minister for each program of study as well as, in accordance with section 30.3, on the examinations set by the Minister or the school board, if applicable.

The final mark per competency or component is calculated according to the following weighing: 20% for the first term, 20% for the second term, 60% for the third term.

The student's subject mark and final subject mark are calculated using the weighing of competencies established in the framework for the evaluation.

O.C. 699-2007, s. 9; O.C. 712-2010, s. 7.

30.3.  Subject to section 34 of this basic school regulation and section 470 of the Act, a student's result for an examination set by the Minister is worth 20% of the student's final mark.

O.C. 699-2007, s. 9; O.C. 712-2010, s. 7.

30.4.  A school board may, to the extent and on the conditions determined by the Minister, exempt handicapped students or students with social maladjustments or learning disabilities and students receiving welcoming services and support in learning French from the application of the provisions relating to results in this basic school regulation.

O.C. 712-2010, s. 7.

31.  To be admitted to an examination set by the Minister, secondary students must have been legally enrolled in a school, and must have taken the corresponding program or received equivalent instruction at home following an exemption from school attendance in accordance with subparagraph 4 of the first paragraph of section 15 of the Education Act (chapter I-13.3).

However, students exempted from taking the program because they have shown that they have achieved the objectives of that program by passing a compulsory examination set by the school or the school board may be admitted to an examination set by the Minister.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 31.

CHAPTER  III
CERTIFICATION OF STUDIES

32.  The Minister shall award a Secondary School Diploma to students who earn at least 54 credits at the Secondary IV or V level. Among those credits, there must be at least 20 credits at the Secondary V level and

  (1)    6 credits in Secondary V language of instruction;

  (2)    4 credits in Secondary V second language;

  (3)    4 credits in Secondary IV mathematics;

  (4)    4 credits in Secondary IV science and technology or 6 credits in Secondary IV applied science and technology;

  (5)    4 credits in Secondary IV history and citizenship education;

  (6)    2 credits in Secondary IV arts education ; and

  (7)    2 credits in Secondary V ethics and religious culture or physical education and health.

Credits earned in a vocational training program leading to a Diploma of Vocational Studies or to an Attestation of Vocational Specialization are taken into account when awarding the Secondary School Diploma.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 32; O.C. 488-2005, ss. 12 and 18.

33.  On the recommendation of the school board, the Minister shall award a pre-work training certificate to every student who has completed the training of not less than 2,700 hours and has successfully completed the work skills education program of not less than 900 hours.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 33; O.C. 488-2005, s. 13 and 17.

33.1.  On the recommendation of the school board, the Minister shall award a training certificate for a semi-skilled trade, with mention of the trade, to every student who has completed the training of not less than 900 hours and has successfully completed the practical training component for the semi-skilled trade of not less than 450 hours.

On the recommendation of the school board, the Minister shall also award a training certificate for a semi-skilled trade, with mention of the semi-skilled trade, to every student referred to in the third paragraph of section 23.4 if the student

  (1)    has completed the pre-work training of not less than 2,700 hours; and

  (2)    has successfully completed the practical training component of the training leading to a semi-skilled trade.

O.C. 488-2005, s. 13.

34.  For all programs of studies offered at the secondary level that lead to a Secondary School Diploma, the pass mark is 60%.

For all programs of studies for which the Minister sets an examination, the Minister shall take into account the summative evaluation of the student transmitted by the school board in a proportion of 50%, subject to section 470 of the Education Act (chapter I-13.3). The Minister shall then certify success or failure in that program.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 34.

CHAPTER  IV
QUALITY OF LANGUAGE

35.  Schools shall take the necessary measures to ensure that all teachers in all subjects and all school staff pay special attention to the quality of written and spoken language in learning and in all school activities.

O.C. 651-2000, s. 35.

CHAPTER  V
TRANSITORY AND FINAL PROVISIONS

36.    (Obsolete).

O.C. 651-2000, s. 36.

37.    (Omitted).

O.C. 651-2000, s. 37.

38.    (Omitted).

O.C. 651-2000, s. 38.

SCHEDULE   I

(s. 12)

HANDICAPPED STUDENTS AND STUDENTS LIVING IN LOW-INCOME AREAS

1. Handicapped students are students whose overall functioning, evaluated by a qualified person, shows that they satisfy the following conditions:

  (1)    the student is considered handicapped within the meaning of the Act to secure handicapped persons in the exercise of their rights with a view to achieving social, school and workplace integration (chapter E-20.1);

  (2)    the student displays disabilities that limit or prevent participation in educational services;

  (3)    the student needs support in order to function in a school environment.

2. Students living in low-income areas are students residing in territories identified as economically disadvantaged during the 1996-1997 school year, according to the following criteria:

  (1)    poverty, as defined by certain indices of income and education;

  (2)    district, the basic territorial unit for any activities involving school-age children;

  (3)    concentration, i.e. the presence of a certain number of poor families in a given area.

O.C. 651-2000, Sch. I.

SCHEDULE   II

(ss. 22, 23 and 23.1)

STUDENTS WITH MODERATE TO SEVERE INTELLECTUAL HANDICAPS OR WITH PROFOUND INTELLECTUAL HANDICAPS

  (1)    Students with moderate to severe intellectual impairments are students whose cognitive functions, evaluated by a multidisciplinary team using standardized tests, show a level of general functioning that is clearly below average, as well as impaired adaptive behaviour appearing from the beginning of the developmental period.

The evaluation of the student's level of functioning must also show that the student displays:

  (1)    limitations in the area of cognitive development restricting the ability to learn with respect to certain objectives of the regular programs of studies and requiring an adapted pedagogy or program;

  (2)    limited functional abilities in the area of personal and social autonomy resulting in a need for assistance in new activities or a need for instruction in basic autonomy;

  (3)    more or less marked difficulties in sensory, motor and communication development, making adapted intervention necessary in those areas.

  (2)    Students who are profoundly intellectually handicapped are students whose cognitive functions, evaluated by a multidisciplinary team using standardized tests, show a level of general functioning that is clearly below average, as well as impaired adaptive behaviour appearing from the beginning of the developmental period.

The evaluation of the student's level of functioning must also show that the student displays the following characteristics:

  (1)    major limitations in the area of cognitive development making it impossible to achieve the objectives of the regular programs of studies and requiring the use of an adapted program;

  (2)    perception, motor and communication skills are limited, requiring individualized methods of evaluation and stimulation;

  (3)    very low functional abilities in the area of personal and social autonomy, resulting in a constant need for support and supervision to accomplish daily school tasks.

The evaluation of the student's level of functioning may also show that the student displays related impairments such as physical and sensorial impairments, as well as neurological and psychological disorders and an increased propensity to contract various illnesses.

  (3)    (Revoked).

  (4)    (Revoked).

  (5)    (Revoked).

O.C. 651-2000, Sch. II; O.C. 488-2005, s. 14.

SCHEDULE   III

(Revoked)

O.C. 651-2000, Sch. III; O.C. 488-2005, s. 15.

SCHEDULE  IV

(ss. 29.1 and 30)

PRESCHOOL EDUCATIION REPORT CARD



O.C. 712-2010, s. 8.

SCHEDULE  V

(ss. 29.1, 30.1 and 30.2)

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL REPORT CARD



O.C. 712-2010, s. 8.

SCHEDULE  VI

(ss. 29.1, 30.1 and 30.2)

SECONDARY SCHOOL REPORT CARD



O.C. 712-2010, s. 8.

SCHEDULE  VII

(ss. 29.1, 30.1 and 30.2)

SECONDARY SCHOOL REPORT CARD



O.C. 712-2010, s. 8.



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O.C. 651-2000, 2000 G.O. 2, 2593
O.C. 865-2001, 2001 G.O. 2, 3534
O.C. 488-2005, 2005 G.O. 2, 1655
O.C. 699-2007, 2007 G.O. 2, 2398A
O.C. 881-2007, 2007 G.O. 2, 2877
O.C. 380-2008, 2008 G.O. 2, 1254
O.C. 399-2010, 2010 G.0. 2, 1291
O.C. 712-2010, 2010 G.O. 2, 2545
O.C. 855-2011, 2011 G.O. 2, 2546