27% of students eligible for English school go to a French-speaking school

27% of students eligible for English school go to a French-speaking school
27% of students eligible for English school go to a French-speaking school

In Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, 27% of students eligible for English school choose instruction in French. This was revealed by Statistics Canada, which recorded for the first time in 2021, data on primary and secondary education in the minority language, i.e. in English in Quebec and in French in the rest of Canada. .

According to the 2021 Census, the town of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu had 1,925 children aged 5 to 17 who were eligible for primary and secondary education in English. Among them, 1,410 children attended or had already attended an English-language school in the past, and 515 children had never attended such a school.

The proportion of students who choose school in English (73%) in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu is therefore slightly lower than the Quebec average which stands at 76%.

Bilingual parents

Having a mother who attended French school and a father who attended English school, Elizabeth Héroux and her three sisters were eligible for English education. However, the four Johannes did their entire schooling in French.

“My father wanted me to go to English school, but my mother didn’t because she didn’t want me to have difficulty in French. Then, as both of my parents are bilingual, my mother said that I could learn English at home,” explains Elizabeth Héroux. She still mentions having difficulty in French, despite the fact that she went to French-speaking establishments.

Only one English language school is located in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. This is St. John’s School which offers elementary and secondary programs.

Eligibility

In Quebec, children can attend an English-speaking school if at least one of their two parents attended an English primary school in Canada. He can also attend an English-language school if he or a brother or sister attended one in Canada.


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