Central Quebec School Board, Quebec


Québec City is the only fortified city in North America north of Mexico, with close to 4.6 km of walls and imposing gates to explore. It is located a 30 minute flight by air from Montreal or 1 hour from Boston. With a strong focus on tourism, a high percentage of its population is fully bilingual in English and French. The Central Québec School Board (CQSB) is situated in historical Québec City but its territory covers nearly one-third of the province of Québec. The Board has served the English speaking community since 1867.

The Central Quebec School Board has jurisdiction over 18 schools and one Adult and Vocational Education centre. Eight of our nine Secondary (High) Schools have a student population of less than 500. We have four Secondary (High) schools; eight Elementary schools and six schools that offer instruction from Kindergarten to Secondary V (Grade 11). The largest Elementary school serves more than 450 students and the smallest serves approximately 50 students.

The excellence of our students’ results on the June 2010 Ministry Uniform Examinations confirmed the Central Québec School Board as the English school Board with the highest success rate in the province last year: no small feat for a school board with the largest territory - and some of the most geographically isolated schools - in the province!

With our smaller-than-average class sizes, CQSB offers international students the unique opportunity for more individualised attention in safe, caring schools where students and teachers have the chance to build meaningful interpersonal relationships. Our strength is in the personal touch we can offer each and every student due not only to the size of our schools but more importantly, to the professional and caring attitude of our teaching, professional and support staff as well as the pedagogical leadership we entrust to our administrators both at the school level and at the Board office.

CQSB families hosting our international students will be recruited through our schools and in the local communities where our schools are located. All families will undergo a thorough screening and selection process. Families will ensure a warm, caring environment with a private bedroom, nutritious meals and healthy snacks. Some families are anglophone and others francophone. The international student has the opportunity to choose whether he or she wants a French or English speaking family based on availability.

Three of our host schools are situated in or near historical Québec City. Students will have the opportunity to take a horse-and-buggy ride in beautiful Old Québec, to take part in our world-famous Winter Carnival and to visit a variety of museums, historic sites and cultural events. Quebec City is within driving distance of several ski resorts – it is a city that gets lots of snow! Quebec is also a city of festivals!

One of our host schools is situated in Saguenay – known for its breathtaking scenery, students will have access to a variety of activities all year long; they may choose to go whale watching the in Fiord du Saguenay and with the impressive snow collection, winter sports are a must!

Study with the The Central Quebec School Board

We offer:

  • Bilingual secondary school programs, French Language support and ESL support
  • 3, 5 and 10 month programs and customized short term programs for groups
  • Small schools with varied extra curricular activities
  • Excellent supportive homestay families
  • Safe, friendly communities
  • an International Student Programme (ISP) department to support student non-academic needs

Homestay families can provide excellent opportunities for international students to immerse themselves in Canadian culture, lifestyles and the English and/or French languages. International students may expect:

  • a furnished private room
  • 3 meals daily
  • a positive atmosphere in which to study and live
  • a family personally selected and approved by the ISP and CHI

High Schools in Central Quebec School

A.S. Johnson Memorial School, Thetford Mines, Québec

Dollard-des-Ormeaux School, Courcelette, Québec

Jimmy Sandy Memorial School, Kawawachikamach, Québec

La Tuque High School, La Tuque, Québec

MacLean Memorial School, Chibougamau, Québec

Quebec High School, Quebec, Quebec

Riverside Regional High School, Jonquière, Québec

Shawinigan High School, Shawinigan, Québec

St. Patrick’s High School, Québec, Québec

Three Rivers Academy, Trois-Rivières, Québec

Academic fees 2021 - 2022

CAN$ 12,500 one academic year (10 months)
CAN$   7,000 one semester (5 months

Homestay fees 2021 - 2022

CAN$ 11,925 one year (10 months)
CAN$   6,675 one semester (5 months

Fees Include: 

  • Application process, academic costs and registration 
  • Transportation upon arrival and departure 
  • Regular school activities 
  • English Second Language (ESL) support 

Fees Exclude: 

CAN&  50 per month healt insurance
CAN$ 220 application fee
CAN$ 104 Government of Quebec CAQ 
CAN$ 125 Government of Canada study permit
CAN$ 150 - 250 (approximately) School Fees (books & materials, etc.) 
Special trips, extracurricular activities and pocket money, local bus fares, airfare