On the road to school success

About this project

With the support and commitment of Montreal Hooked on School and the Commission scolaire de la Pointe-de-l’Île, three school-family-community (SFC) counsellors and a project coordinator are hard at work in Saint-Léonard to help families and children.

This pilot project aims to improve the social and community fabric for immigrant parents so that they can fully play a role in their children’s academic success.

First, the CIP helped Saint-Léonard stakeholders review different practices to help newcomers. Different community approaches already in place have been redesigned and enhanced to optimize existing services. New partnerships are already materializing and will become more prominent over the next year.

The CIP has also reached even more parents by expanding its pool to three schools instead of one.

This project has been made possible thanks to an innovative partnership between the agencies Accueil aux immigrants de l’est de Montréal and the Du Parc YMCA.

Results already

  • 8 workshops on the Quebec school system have been given in various languages at neighbourhood agencies. 82 parents have taken these workshops.
  • 6 workshops on subjects as varied as self-esteem, bullying, parental requirements, and lunches have been attended by 56 parents.
  • 8 parents took a workshop on the realities of being a parent in Quebec.
  • 15 young people received help at the CSPI cultural communities office, where newcomers can register their children for school.
  • 30 families received support for interactions with teachers (first day of school, parent-teacher meetings, report cards, documents to fill out, etc.).
  • 3 families were referred to school professionals (child assistance service) and helped at these meetings.
  • 46 parents attended a talk on the transition from primary to secondary school.
  • 6 parents and 3 teachers got together in an open discussion space to freely talk about any topic they wanted.
  • 62 families were referred to community agencies in the neighbourhood.
  • About 100 teachers have learned about the SFC counsellor program.

The SFC counsellors act as a communication channel between the school, parents and community.