Belief and values


At ESSB, we cultivate inclusive learning communities from shore to shore.


Our learners are equipped with the languages and skills to thrive in our multicultural communities and beyond.


Eastern Shores School Board is quite possibly the most geographically diverse school board in the province of Quebec. Stretching from Fermont in the north to the Magdalen Islands in the Southeast, its administrative territory also includes the entire Gaspe Peninsula as well as the cities of Baie-Comeau, Sept-Iles and Port-Cartier along the eastern north shore. There were 1078 students registered in 16 youth sector schools and 130 registered in five adult/vocational education centers, as of Sept 30, 2022. Of the 16 schools, six are elementary, three are secondary, and the remaining seven are combined elementary-secondary schools.

  • Elementary Schools
  • The majority of our elementary schools benefit from low student-teacher ratios thereby providing a healthy and enjoyable learning environment. We have been classified as a New Approaches, New Solutions (NANS) district with 12 of our 16 schools participating. In many cases this has enabled teachers to complement and strengthen best practices within the classroom.
  • Secondary Schools
  • As with the elementary schools, our secondary schools also benefit from low student-teacher ratios. We strive to provide students with every possibility to maximize their academic and social potential within a healthy and safe environment. All of our secondary schools provide an academic curriculum as prescribed by the Ministère de l’Éducation du Québec, leading to a Secondary School Diploma.
  • Adult and Vocational Education
  • The adult and vocational centers provide a wide variety of services to clients within ESSB territory. The adult learning and vocational landscape continues to grow as lifelong learning initiatives take root with local school principals, community partners and MEQ. The transition from young learner to autonomous lifelong learners contributing to the cultural, economic, and social development of their community is an operating mantra to adult learning.