Programs are offered through our schools and centres!
International Youth Programs
Elementary (kindergarten to grade 6)
Secondary (grade 7 to 11 or Secondary I to V)
English Language & Cultural Programs
Our schools are dedicated to striving for educational excellence and to preparing students for full and active participation in Canadian, Quebec and global society. We offer excellent services in all of secondary schools.
International Career Programs
For all informational regarding career programs please visit our programs website.
Our teacher training and professional development program offers intensive courses to prepare teachers with the practical and theoretical aspects of presenting the Quebec Education Program (QEP) in the classroom.
School administrator professional development is also available.
Lester B. Pearson School Board’s (LBPSB) International Youth and Vocational Programs is committed to the well-being, growth, and overall success of all of its students. Through innovative pedagogy, immersive learning experiences, engagement with Montreal’s multicultural community, LBPSB successfully implements its educational mission for its international students.
As one of the largest and most successful English school boards in Quebec; consistently ranking in the top five in overall graduation and qualification rates (87.8%), LBPSB is uniquely positioned to foster international students’ academic accomplishments. By incorporating a student-focused teaching philosophy, our International Youth and Vocational sectors are able to cater to students’ specific interests and needs.
We are aware that international students’ journeys to English education in Québec can be complex, and that there are many factors at play when deciding to study in Québec. As such, LBPSB pledges to provide clear and concise information and protocol relating to its International programs. LBPSB has established a dedicated registrar and team of administrative professionals ensuring that prospective and current international students are properly guided from application and registration to enrollment and graduation.
LBPSB’s existing strategic plan targets 3 priorities: Achievement, Wellness, and Engagement. These 3 priorities also inform International Programs.
Achievement — Both the Youth and Vocational International programs offer an array of programs and courses; capturing a variety of core competencies and learning outcomes. Technology is heavily integrated into LBPSB’s curricula, enhancing student engagement and ensuring real-world readiness. Language reinforcement and focused teacher attention are also provided; keeping the international learner in mind.
Wellness — Maintaining physical, emotional, and mental wellness is key to student engagement and success. Being cognizant of the challenges facing international students when entering a new educational environment, LBPSB organizes and promotes wellness and social integration activities during and outside of school hours for its International students. As well, safe and secure student housing is provided with ongoing professional supervision where a strong bond of trust is formed between the students, staff and educational institution.
Engagement — Montreal is a rich multicultural mosaic; bursting with activity. LBPSB prides itself in partnering with various communities and encourages students to bask in Montreal’s world-class festivals and events. International and local students jointly participate in such cultural events; creating a global community of learning and meaningful cultural exchanges. International students’ cultures are recognized and celebrated throughout the LBPSB community.
A Word of Caution
Defamatory and untrue remarks about the LBPSB international program and some members of his staff have been spread for some time through a Chinese local website. The individual who is responsible for these defamatory attacks has been legally told to discontinue his activities and legal proceedings are currently being taken by LBPSB in order to put an end to this situation. Unfortunately, International education can be competitive and much effort has been done by this individual to discredit the competition for personal gains. Consequently, we do want to caution potential Chinese students to be aware and to protect themselves. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
·Good schools promote their education programs only.
·Always visit the institution’s website to make sure that the information you receive is consistent with what you have been told.
·Know that schools are about pedagogy and not about immigration. Questions about immigration should be answered by an immigration lawyer or the ministry of immigration.
·There are great agents but there are sometimes a few that make false promises. Again, visit the appropriate websites to validate the information.
·Anyone who offers a fast track road through education for immigration purposes is possibly not putting your best interest forward. Students can be subject of investigation if there is suspicions of receiving a diploma that is not merited.
·Paying for tuition does not guarantee success. Studying requires a full commitment, consistent attendance and hard work.
The Lester B. Pearson School Board’s International Programs will continue to focus its attention and energies on what truly matters: maintaining its leading reputation in international education and continuing to improve international students’ success.
International Youth Programs
English Language & Cultural Programs
Excellence in Education!
Lester B. Pearson School Board has 13 secondary schools. . We deliver a rigorous academic curriculum in a structured environment. Each of our schools is dedicated to striving for educational excellence and to preparing students for full and active participation in Canadian, Quebec and global society. We place a high importance on helping our student to become more knowledgeable, more self-directed, and more self-disciplined. We offer excellent services in all of secondary schools.
Overview of our Full Year Secondary Programs
We offer many different models and designs to meet the diverse needs of our international students. In each of our secondary schools, we provide a wide variety of curricular offerings. Students are encouraged to participate in academic, athletic, leadership and student governance activities.
Our schools follow the curriculum as established by the Ministry of Education of Quebec (MEES). Many of our schools also offer the International Baccalaureate program of study. We provide a number of models of supportive and accelerated English-language learning for international students.
In Quebec, the education system requires the completion of 6 years of primary school and 5 years of secondary schooling in order to be successful in obtaining a high school leaving certificate. Following the successful completion of the eleven years of schooling and the receipt of the high school diploma, the students in Quebec generally take an average of five or six years to obtain a baccalaureate degree (two years of CEGEP and three/four years of University).
We also offer an extensive array of Vocational Education programs.
LBPSB Programs - Full Year Program of Study in Secondary
Students must meet the basic requirements for acceptance into this program (school recommendation, English proficiency, transcript of school marks, financial ability, Canadian visa, etc.). An Intensive English as a Second Language program is provided to student’s struggling in English. During the first semester, the students focus is on improving their English skills. We also offer two programs of study for students who have not yet completed their secondary schooling before arriving in Canada. These students complete one year of study in Canada at one of the secondary schools of the Lester B. Pearson School Board.
LBPSB Half Year Program is a Preparatory Program or Cultural Experience
This program is offered for students who wish to come to improve their English skills. Often recommended prior to starting a full year for students with weak English skills. No exams for credits are given to students who are not proficient in English. Only those students who demonstrate English fluency may be immersed into a school and take provincial exams for credits.
Please see the links below for information on our schools:
The International Studies Office provides assistance with the visa process. Please feel free to contact us.
Depending on your country of origin and the type and length of study, you may require:
• A temporary resident visa
• A study permit
• A (Quebec Acceptance Certificate) CAQ
Please note the following:
• Any study program of up to six months: no study permit is required
• Programs longer than six months require a study permit
• A CAQ is required for all programs
NOTE: A temporary resident visa may be required depending on your country of origin. Please see the list of countries that require a temporary resident visa as provided by Citzenship and Immigration Canada.
International students may choose to live in residence while attending classes in schools of the Lester B. Pearson School Board. Dormitory residences are located inside the Lester B. Pearson School Board International Language Centre. Students are provided with private rooms and are supervised by resident program supervisors. Supervisors are responsible for meal preparation, laundry assistance, activity organization and student supervision.
Each bedroom is equipped with one single bed, dresser, night stand (small dresser), one desk chair, desk lamp, wireless access to internet and waste paper basket .The living area or common space has two couches, table with chairs, TV and a private locker for each student. There is 24 hour security which provides for a safe secure environment for the students.
Dormitory living contributes to our learning community. Living in the dormitory allows the student to enjoy common activities. Students will be challenged to learn more about themselves and the world around them. These experiences enables students to become educated, open-minded, mature people who are connected to and care about the world in which they live. Today, our community reaches around the globe.
**Please note that space is limited and places are on a first come, first serve basis. Note that for the 2017-18 school year, the dormitory will only be available to new students going to the following secondary schools:
Riverdale High School, Pierrefonds Comprehensive High School , Lindsay Place High School, John Rennie High School, Lakeside Academy, St. Thomas High School and Beurling Academy (for one more year only).
Click on the picture to view pictures of a dormitory room
The Lester B. Pearson School Board offers a variety of vocational/career programs to its International students. Entrance requirement is a minimum score of 5.0 IELTS or an equivalent score from a recognized program or institution.
LBPSB Centres: Gordon Robertson Beauty Centre (GRC), John Killingbeck Pavillion (JKP), Pearson Adult Career Centre (PACC), Pearson Electro technology Centre (PEC), Sources Adult Career Centre (SACC), Verdun Adult Career Centre (VACC), West Island Career Centre (WICC)
Hours of Instruction
Accounting (1 Year) (DEP)
Administrative Professional (DEP)*
Assistance in Health Care Facilities (DEP)
Automobile Mechanics (DEP)
Beauty Care Specialist (DEP & ASP)*
Boulangerie (Bread Making) (DEP)
Computing Support (DEP)
Culinary Arts Specialist (DEP & ASP)
Dental Assistance (DEP)
Food & Beverage Services (DEP)*
General Building Maintenance (DEP)
Health, Assistance and Nursing Care (DEP)*
Installation & Repair of Telecommunication Equipment (DEP)
Interior Decoration and Display (DEP)
Market Fresh Cuisine (ASP)
Medical Secretary (ASP)*
Medical Office Specialist (DEP & ASP)
Pastry Making (DEP)
Pharmacy Technical Assistance (DEP)*
Professional Cooking (DEP)
Residential and Commercial Drafting (DEP)
Retail Butchery (DEP)
Sommellerie (Wine Tasting) (ASP)
Starting a Business (ASP)
* French skills required
*Some programs may require extra material fees such as uniforms, books, etc. (These fees are paid directly to the centre)
For more information about each program, please visit the centre website at the following address:
English or French Classes are available at the LBPSB:
The Lester B. Pearson School Board is an English school board in the province of Quebec. It is expected that all students have the minimum English skills to be successful in their studies. The level of proficiency may depend on the program but a intermediate level is the minimum requirement. Also, all programs where students are expected to work in the public, French speaking skills (sometimes writing as well) are required.
Consequently....we encourage students with weak English or French skills to enroll in full time language programs (for credits) prior to starting their career program. This will ensure greater success!
For information regarding English or French classes, please contact Gianluca at 514-798-8787 ext. 4 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
To improve your English conversation skills, students may enroll in classes (non-credit) by following the link below: