Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf (French: [kɔ.lɛʒ ʒɑ̃ də bʁe.bœf]) is a private, previously Jesuit French-language educational institution offering secondary school and college-level instruction in Quebec. It was a boys' school but since 2014 admits both girls and boys.
|Motto||Viam Veritatis Elegi|
Motto in English
|I chose the path of truth|
|Type||Private secondary school and Collegiate|
|Affiliation||Non-denominational, formerly Jesuit|
|Director General||Luc Thifault|
3200, chemin de la Côte-Sainte-Catherine,
|Colours||Burgundy and Gold|
|Affiliations||ACCC, CCAA, QSSF, AUCC,|
The school is located at 3200 Côte-Sainte-Catherine Road. Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf is also a boarding school for college students wishing to reside at the college from Monday to Friday, and also during weekends.
Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf is commonly seen as one of the foremost schools in Canada and in Quebec, and it has the first place in the Fraser Institute School Ranking as of 2016.
With alumni Pierre Trudeau and Justin Trudeau, Brebeuf is the secondary education institution that has produced the most Canadian Prime ministers in the country. It also was the alma mater of Quebec Premiers Robert Bourassa and Pierre-Marc Johnson, and of Leaders of the Official Opposition of Quebec such as, André Boisclair and Pierre-Karl Péladeau.
Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf was founded by the Jesuits in 1928. The college was named after Catholic missionary and martyr Jean de Brébeuf. The college traces its origins to the merger of several institutions which became public ones in 1967, when the Quebec system of public colleges was created. Built in 1928, the campus was designed by Dalbé Viau and Alphonse Venne.
It began accepting girls for secondary 1 to 5 starting from 2013 because of a need of funding. However, boys' and girls' classes take place in separate parts of the college before secondary 5. The school has been secular since 1986.
Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf offers a number of two-year pre-university programs (unlike public colleges, it does not offer technical programs, which typically take around three years to complete and lead directly to certification for a specific trade or profession). Pre-university college degrees cover subject matter roughly equivalent to that of the additional year of high school given elsewhere in Canada in preparation for a chosen field of study in university.
Post-secondary students attending Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf can choose one of several programs of study, depending on the concentrations required for the university program in which they intend to pursue their studies. The college offers programs in Social Science, Literature & Communications, Health Science, Pure and Applied Science and Arts & Sciences.
In addition to the standard Diploma of College Studies, students in certain programs are also awarded an International Baccalaureate (IB) or Sciences, Lettres et Arts (FR) diploma (all-rounded preparatory for all university majors except music and dance, known as Arts and Science in English-language colleges).
Students are taught in the Jesuit tradition of excellence with a modern approach. Subjects taught in the secondary part of the school include Mathematics, French, English, Ethics and religious culture, Gym, Art, Sciences, Geography and History. From secondary 1 to 4, three separate programs are offered to students: additional Sports, Latin, and International Baccalaureate.
The secondary school curriculum has strong ties to the Cours classique (FR), the long-standing education system that was used in Quebec prior to the creation of the current system in the mid-1960s. Most notably, the study of Latin and the emphasis on logic and rhetoric still present in Brébeuf's curriculum are evidence of these ties.
Since September 2012, the school has offered an international program, which includes courses in Spanish.
Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf is widely regarded as one of the best and most prestigious secondary schools in Quebec. It has ranked number 1, tied with a few others, continuously for several years, and has consistently received high rankings (10/10) from the Fraser Institute for academic achievement. It is also placed as one of the best schools in the entire country.
The school is known for being very competitive in basketball, lacrosse and fencing, having won provincial titles in basketball several times and having many of its former students fence at international levels. The school also competes at provincial and regional level hockey, volleyball, cheerleading, broomball, cross country running and rugby competitions. The school's lacrosse team has been in the finals for the four years it has played and has won the title three consecutive years.
- Marc-André Blanchard: Lawyer and diplomat
- André Boisclair: Politician, former leader of the Parti Québécois
- Pierre Boivin: President of the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League
- Robert Bourassa: Premier of Quebec
- Pierre Bourgault: Politician, intellectual, teacher and columnist
- Jean Carle: civil servant and executive
- Gregory Charles: Musician, actor and entertainer
- Michel Chartrand: Union leader, activist
- Régine Chassagne: Arcade Fire's founding member
- Chuck Comeau: Simple Plan's drummer
- Michelle Courchesne: Politician, Deputy Premier of Quebec
- Jean Coutu: Jean Coutu Group's founder
- Jacques Ferron: Physician, author and politician
- Hector de Saint-Denys Garneau: poet
- Clément Gascon: Supreme Court Justice
- Paul Gérin-Lajoie: Lawyer and politician
- Jacques Godbout: Writer and filmmaker
- A. Jean de Grandpré : Business executive, 15th chancellor of McGill University
- Denise Ho: Cantopop singer
- Claude Jodoin: First President of the Canadian Labour Congress
- Pierre-Marc Johnson: Premier of Quebec
- William Johnson: Journalist, president of Alliance Quebec
- Hubert Lacroix: CBC Radio-Canada President and CEO
- Dr. Vincent J. Lacroix: Sports medicine doctor, Montreal Canadiens (1994-2003, 2012-2016), Montreal Alouettes (1996-present).
- Georges Laraque: former Montreal Canadiens player (did not graduate)
- Denis Lazure: politician, psychiatrist
- Béatrice Martin (aka Coeur de Pirate): singer-songwriter
- Marc Miller: lawyer and politician
- Pierre Péladeau: Quebecor's founder
- Pierre Karl Péladeau: former leader of the Parti Québécois, former CEO of Quebecor Inc.
- André Pratte: Journalist, editor-in-chef of La Presse
- Hubert Reeves: Astrophysicist
- Julie Snyder: Recognized TV Host: Le Banquier (French Canadian version of Deal or No Deal) and Star Académie, a singing competition
- Alexandre Trudeau: Canadian filmmaker and journalist; son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau
- Justin Trudeau: 23rd Prime Minister; son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau
- Michel Trudeau (October 2, 1975 – November 13, 1998); son of Pierre Elliott Trudeau
- Pierre Elliott Trudeau: 15th Prime Minister of Canada; father of Justin Trudeau
- Michel Vennat: Business Development Bank of Canada's President and CEO
- Richard Wagner: Supreme Court Judge
- Dr. Brian Katchan: Internal Medicine Specialist, North York General Hospital, Toronto
- Jean-Philippe Robillard: Youngest Director of the oldest and largest Camping in North America, Rouville
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