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Stanstead College Academic Program

Based on Quebec Ministry of Education guidelines, the Stanstead College curriculum is broadly divided into junior and senior levels, with the core subjects of Mathematics, English and French emphasized at each level. Grade 11 is highlighted by advanced level courses in Mathematics, French, Chemistry and Physics. Students may opt for French as a second language or Français as a first language (langue maternelle).

Students graduate from high school upon the successful completion of their Grade 11 (Secondary V) year. Students may choose to attend Quebec CEGEP (two-year college subsidized by the Quebec government) or enroll in Grade 12, which provides students with an intensive university preparatory program.

Because of the sequential nature of the Quebec curriculum, senior students are encouraged to enrol at Stanstead College in Grade 9 or 10 at the latest. Ideally, junior students should enrol in Grade 7.

Stanstead also offers an English Second Language program.

Useful information for English second language students: TOEFL-IELTS Recommendations for Admission to Stanstead College (PDF)

Daily Schedule

Junior Program (Cycle 1)

Secondary I / Grade 7 coursesSecondary II / Grade 8 courses
At this level, students are placed in distinct grades and, where necessary, grouped according to ability and academic background. At each grade level, all students take the core subjects – English, French and Mathematics – in addition to a variety of other subjects.

Senior Program (Cycle 2)

Secondary III / Grade 9 coursesSecondary IV / Grade 10 coursesSecondary V / Grade 11 courses
In Secondary III / Grade 9, students take the core subjects – English, French and Mathematics – in addition to a variety of other subjects. In the subsequent senior grades, students are required to take English, French, Mathematics, at least one Science course and one course in the Humanities. The minimum course load in Secondary IV and V is six courses. To qualify for the Quebec Secondary School Diploma, students must fulfill the requirements as stipulated by the Quebec Ministry of Education.

Secondary V Honours Certificate

Secondary V students may qualify for the Stanstead College Secondary V Honours Certificate. To be eligible, students must complete six courses at the 500 level (as well as succeed in the internal final examinations set in certain subject areas). To be successful a pass mark of at least 60% must be obtained in each course. A Certificate with Distinction is awarded to those who obtain an 80% average. A Certificate with Great Distinction is awarded to those with an average of 85% or greater.

Grade 12

Grade 12 courses
Stanstead College is one of only three schools in Quebec that offer a Grade 12 year. Ours is based on Ontario Grade 12 pre-university courses as well as Advanced Placement courses in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Politics, Economics, English Literature and Composition, Français, Human Geography, Physics and Studio Art. All courses meet college entrance requirements. Stanstead College is an ACT and SAT test centre for selected test dates. Approximately 95 percent of our Grade 12 graduates attend university.
Find out more about Grade 12 (PDF)


Select students from 14 to 16 years of age who have little or no facility in English are offered a one-year intensive course in English within our English Second Language Program. Although students generally spend one school year in this program, some students may advance rapidly enough to be moved into some regular courses during the school year. Upon entry into the regular program, ESL students may be eligible to receive continued language support on a one-to-one basis.

Laptop computers

All students entering Grades 10, 11 and 12 must have their own school-approved laptops for use in the classroom, for access to our school network and for academic use outside the classroom. It is recommended that all students in Grade 9 also bring their own laptop according to the outlined specifications; however, laptops are not mandatory at this level. Grade 7 and 8 students are not required to have their own laptops. For more information on the Stanstead College Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL) program, please click here

Quebec Ministry of Education requirements for high school graduation

All courses passed in Secondary IV and V, including compulsory and elective courses, are taken into consideration in awarding a Quebec Secondary School Diploma. The Quebec Ministry of Education awards a Secondary School Diploma to students who accumulate 54 credits from Secondary IV and V courses. Of these 54 credits, a minimum of 20 must be from Secondary V courses.

The following compulsory credits must be included in the above:

6 Language of instruction (English) 5
4 Second language (French) 5
4 Mathematics 4
4 Science & Technology 4
4 History & Citizenship Education 4
2 Arts Education 4
2 Physical Education
OR Ethics & Religious Culture

The pass mark in all subjects is 60%.

For information on the Applied General Education Path & Work-Oriented Training Paths, please visit the Ministry website.

Notes: The above Ministry requirements represent the basic minimum standard for Quebec Secondary School graduation and do not meet the more rigorous standards required for CEGEP entrance. Students seeking direct entrance into a university outside the Province of Quebec would normally opt for the Grade 12 program following Secondary V.










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