The Western Québec School Board wishes to announce that it will pursue with the re-application for a Sport-Études program at Hadley Junior and Philemon Wright High Schools. The School Board had received provisional authorization to run the program for the 2017-2018 school year but unfortunately, we were unable to meet these requirements in the timeline given, therefore the provisional authorization was withdrawn.
This third application will be sent to the ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement Supérieur (MEES) before its March 2018 deadline. Western Québec has examined and taken into account the recommendations received from the MEES from our previous applications and are developing an implementation plan that will meet all the MEES requirements. The Board plans on asking the MEES for a conditional approval of the program so it can begin the registration of students in 2018-2019 to allow the Sports-Études program to begin in 2019-2020.
Western Québec will focus on a viable and sustainable Sport-Études program. Sports Concentration programs will not be considered until the Sport-Études program is successfully implemented.
Sport-Études programming is intended to support student athletes who are recognized by a MEES-approved sports federation for their athletic performance, and for their successful academic performance in secondary school. These programs allow student athletes to balance their academic and sports interests, provided they make academic success their priority. The rules for recognition are established by the MEES.
The school board expects to receive a final decision by the end of July 2018. We will notify the schools as soon as we hear from the MEES. Assuming it’s positive, we intend to implement the program for school year 2019-2020.