General Studies Program

All students pursue studies in the approved Ministry of Education, Leisure and Sports Quebec Education Program (QEP) in General Studies.

The General Studies Curriculum is seemlessly integrated into our French language streams and distincive programs, the International Baccalaureate MYP and the Visual Arts and Multimedia Program.

QEP General Studies - Secondary Cycle Two

In a complex and changing social context, providing all students with the best possible education requires a constant readjustment of educational practices. This is a special challenge in Cycle Two of secondary school, when students are in the middle of adolescence, a time of transition marked by a more active quest for intellectual, emotional and social autonomy. At this time, when young people are on the threshold of adulthood and, subsequently, the working world, their relationship to knowledge changes. In response to this situation, the Quebec Education Program presents the main educational orientations that should guide school staff, as well as the learning considered essential for young people today. Like the programs for elementary education and Secondary Cycle One, of which it is the logical continuation, the program for Secondary Cycle Two has four distinctive characteristics:

  • It targets the development of competencies by students who are actively involved in the learning process.
  • It integrates all the subjects into a coherent whole focused on the major issues of contemporary life.
  • It explicitly targets cross-curricular learning, learning that transcends the boundaries between subjects.
  • It calls on the professional expertise of school staff and allows for individual and collective choices.

Core Subject Areas

In the perspective of common-core basic education in continuity with preschool and elementary education programs and those of Secondary Cycle One, Secondary Cycle Two contains the subject areas already found in previous cycles—Languages; Mathematics, Science and Technology; Social Sciences; Arts Education; and Personal Development—as well as Career Development, which takes into account the specific orientations of this cycle. The General Studies curriculum is split into six subject areas:

  • Languages
  • Mathematics, Science and Technology
  • Social Sciences
  • Arts Education
  • Personal Development
  • Career Development

Learn more about the subject areas of the QEP - General Studies Program by downloading Chapter 4 of the MELS booklet:

Contemporary Subject Areas

The Quebec Education Program presents a number of broadened areas of learning, which deal with major contemporary issues young people will have to confront, both individually and collectively, in different areas of their lives. These issues also represent challenges to their talent and creativity. Five areas were chosen on the basis of their importance for society and their relevance for the students’ education:

  • Health and Well-Being
  • Career Planning and Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Media Literacy
  • Citizenship and Community Life

Learn more about the contemporary subjects of the QEP - General Studies Program by downloading Chapter 2 of the MELS booklet:

*Text courtesy Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport (MELS)