Making the grade | Best elementary public schools in Montreal


Classroom children participating in class.

Classroom children participating in class.

The demand for specifically-tailored, cutting-edge multidisciplinary school programs is getting stronger and stronger, and Canadian parents across the board are eager to ignite their child’s potential as early as possible. In many cases, this begins as early as preschool, and in the rush to get their kids’ foots into great educational doors, many moms and dads scramble, as registration season nears, to find the best schools. While that much is obvious for most, what becomes more of a puzzle is whether to go private or public in terms of schooling. Historically, private education has been synonymous with success, and certainly, public schools in Montreal have gotten their fair share of bad report cards outlining budgeting and staffing issues. It’s natural to be impressed by Montreal’s private education sector; it ranks among the highest in the province.

However, while we are certainly not knocking private education, the bottom line is that private school isn’t for everyone, and not just because of budget constraints. Many parents wish to offer their kids a more “down-to-earth” experience, even while preserving the desire for excellent education. Fortunately, in recent years, a restructuring of programs in public schools in Montreal has made many of them into an attractive option for parents who wish to offer a diverse, real-world and equally high-level education to their kids. Many of Montreal’s public schools now have international programs, and offer a multidisciplinary curriculum.

Here are just a few of the most well-liked public schools in Montreal, both from the French (Commission Scolaire De Montreal) and English (English Montreal School Board) school boards.

L’École Internationale de Montréal: A leading example of public schools in Montreal

This French-speaking institution has become sought-after in recent years due to its International Baccalaureate program and its self-described “socio-constructivist” curriculum, favoring social responsibility and inclusion.

A child studying at École Internationale

A child studying at École Internationale

Children’s World Academy: A great education in LaSalle

An International Baccalaureate accredited primary English school located in the South West area of Montreal, this school offers many workshops and club activities promoting social awareness and is part of the Peaceful Schools International program.

Children participating in activities at Children's World Academy

Children participating in activities at Children’s World Academy

F.A.C.E.: Synonymous with creativity

Offering both elementary and secondary education this downtown institution is well-known for its arts, music and language-focused curriculum. While it operates officially in French, it accepts students from the English Montreal School Board and offers enriched English courses.

Children at F.A.C.E.

Children at F.A.C.E.