Provincial Education Programs

Quebec Education Programs

The Quebec Education Program (QEP) offers a variety of learning programs to meet the diverse needs of our students. The WQSB offers all of these programs within its schools. Please see the brief descriptions below and follow the links for more details from the Ministry of Education.


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Regular Academic Program

All students, unless otherwise designated, are in a regular academic pathway leading to a Secondary School Diploma.

Pedagogical flexibility allows the student to acquire and demonstrate the same learning as other students. This is planned by teacher and implemented for a specific teaching period or for a specific number of activities.

Students may have adaptations (changes to the format, instructional strategies, and/or assessment procedures that do not alter the regular expectations of the curriculum) as indicated on an IEP. These adaptations allow the student to acquire and demonstrate the same learning as the other students.

At the age of 15 years, students who have not successfully completed Secondary II English and Math, will be considered for transfer to the Work Oriented Training Pathway – Semi-specialized leading to a certificate.

Modified Academic Program

Exceptionally, some students may follow a modified academic pathway. This recommendation is made by the principal and the school team, in consultation with the Consultant for Students with Special Needs. This recommendation typically follows an evaluation completed by a professional where a modified pathway has been recommended. Alternatively, individual situations are reviewed with the school team, parents and Complementary Services to determine what is in the student’s best interest. Parents are informed of the recommendation from the school team, and must agree to the recommended change in programming in order to proceed with this change in program.

Students will have modifications (substantial changes to the complexity of the expectations of the curriculum) to their academic program as indicated on an IEP. Modifications allow the student to acquire and demonstrate the learning identified in the IEP.

Students may be educated in the regular classroom setting or they may have some classes in a smaller, specialized academic setting.

At the age of 15 years, students following a modified academic pathway will transfer into the Work Oriented Training Pathway- Pre-Work, for which they will receive a Ministry of Education certificate upon completion.

Lifeskills Programs

There are different programs of study for students who have an intellectual disability. These students will have IEPs that outline their particular needs and goals. Social participation is fundamental to these programs.

Students who have been identified as having a moderate to severe intellectual disability are recommended to follow a program that is designed to meet their individual needs:

  • CASP – Competency-Based Approach to Social Participation – for students aged 6 to 15
  • Challenges – for students aged 16-21

Students who have been identified as having a profound intellectual disability are recommended to follow a program that is designed to meet their individual needs:

  • PII – Program for Profound Intellectual Impairments

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