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Collège Rivier
Collège Rivier
343, St-Jacques Nord, Coaticook, Quebec, J1A 2R2
Contact name:
Benoit Hélie

Phone number:
(819) 849-4833×
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Collège Rivier

Collège Rivier

343, St-Jacques Nord, Coaticook, Quebec, J1A 2R2

Grades (Gender):
7 to 11 (Coed)
$2,985 to 22,500/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
18 to 30
Day: Varies (Gr. 7 - 11), Boarding: Varies (Gr. 7 - 11)

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Contact Name:
Benoit Hélie

Phone Number:

School Address
343, St-Jacques Nord, Coaticook, Quebec, J1A 2R2

About this school:


Founded in 1870, Rivier is a small college that welcomes fewer than 200 students from secondary 1 to 5 at it’s boarding school and day school (boys and girls). The quality of education is always the first concern of the teaching staff as non-teaching, creating a true educational community. Parents and students choose College Rivier because it provides quality and personalized education in a warm family environment.

The Our Kids review of Collège Rivier

our takeCollège Rivier is nearly as old as Canada, and it has a history of quietly, consistently offering a quality education. The school was founded in the values of the Catholic faith, and is named after Marie Rivier. The school has grown over the years, perhaps inevitably, though enrollment has been managed to ensure the strength and cohesiveness of the school community. Across the curricular and extra-curricular areas students are challenged to extend themselves a bit, and to reach for more than they might if left to their own devices. The size of the school ensures individual attention, something that Collège Rivier rightly prides itself on. Families look to the school for all of that: experience, support, culture, and values. For those arriving from outside Quebec, the school provides a unique, authentic immersion in the French language and the culture of the region. The ideal student is one looking for a challenge, and who will thrive within a close-knit community of peers.

Principal's Message


Benoit Hélie, Principal

As parents, you probably want the best education for your child. You are possibly looking for excellence. But how do we define excellence in education? Is excellence selecting only the best students and then simply accompany them until graduation. What is the role of the school in this case? What is the purpose of being a professional educator if the student would have succeeded anyway by himself? At Rivier College, we define excellence in another way.

Each child entering Rivier is unique and has strengths and weaknesses. Due to the exceptional support we offer and thanks to the dynamism and creativity of our staff, each student is guided to heights he dared not dream to achieve. We force each student to leave his comfort zone and to break down the limits he has often imposed himself. Using his strengths, we are working with him to eliminate his weaknesses so that he realizes that everything is possible with will, hard work and good guidance.

Rivier College has over 145 years of experience in fulfilling this educational mission. Like you, we want him to discover and develop his passions, open himself to the world and thrive to succeed in every aspect of his life. The education that we provide has led women and men from all sources to exceptional careers and lives filled with happiness.

In the environment of a small school, a personalized approach gives a framework suitable for everyone, promoting transcendence. Rivier College, is above all a family, an educational institution where everyone simply feels at home.

I hope you enjoy visiting our Website and do not hesitate to contact us if questions remain unanswered.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

If you want to learn more about Quebec education, check out our comprehensive guide.

What Collège Rivier says: Parents and students choose College Rivier because it provides quality and personalized education in a warm family environment. We offer among others: - Diverse profiles (languages, sports, arts and communication, hockey) - Studies, recovery and enrichment integrated schedule - A pleasant and stimulating classroom climate - A wide range of activities and options to suit your needs - Devoted and attentive staff

  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based
    Sports French immersion

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Collège Rivier says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Collège Rivier says: It is taught in collaboration with other programs such as: arts, social studies, science and personal development

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Collège Rivier says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Communicative

      The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Collège Rivier says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Collège Rivier says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Collège Rivier says: We believe that technology is a necessary tool in preparing our students for the futur but it is only one of the tools we use to maximize their development.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Collège Rivier says: We are a sports oriented school. Physical education is one way that we promote a healthy way of life. We offer a great variety of ways to be active outside of the physical education courses.

    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Collège Rivier says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Collège Rivier says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Collège Rivier says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Collège Rivier says: Each student is treated as an individual. We challenge them to exceed their limits, to come out of their comfort zone and explore all the possibilities that life offers them. In that we, we are rigorous with a lot of support.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What Collège Rivier says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support High


    Collège Rivier provides a high degree of support for special needs students.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support High


    Collège Rivier offers a high degree of support for gifted learners.

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Collège Rivier says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Collège Rivier students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Collège Rivier 45 mins45 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins
    Site Average54 mins59 mins82 mins97 mins110 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting7 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting7 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency
    Lunch recessAmount

    What Collège Rivier says: This information is not currently available.


    What Collège Rivier says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Cross-country skiing
      Downhill skiing
      Mountain biking
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Drama Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Outdoor Education
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic) Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
    Day (Domestic)$2,985
    Boarding (Domestic)$7,055
    Boarding (International)$22,500


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students30%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 8 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid10%
    Average aid package size$1,500
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid10%
    Total aid available$40,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    Tax report , academic record and motivation letter

    Merit based Scholarships

    Verroneau-Troutman Scholarship
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 8 to 12—

    Must have above average grades (minimum) AND must stand out in another field (sport, arts ...)

    Application Details:

    Tax report , academic record and motivation letter

    For more details, visit: www.crivier.qc.ca


    Total enrollment Varies
    Average enrollment per gradeVaries
    Average class size18 to 30
    Grades (gender)7 to 11 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 7 - 11
    % in boarding (total enrollment)N/A
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)59%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment208966
    Boarding Enrollment417161222



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview8 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)8 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    Boarding students:

    What Collège Rivier says:

    The latest report card of the current year
    The two last years report cards
    The birth certificate
    $ 35 for the student record evaluation


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Collège Rivier is looking for: We are looking for committed students who wish to suprasse their limits

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type7891011
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    20 - 60 (100%)0 - 5 (100%)0 - 5 (100%)0 - 12 (100%)
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    5 - 10 (100%)0 - 5 (100%)0 - 5 (100%)0 - 12 (100%)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Suzanne Veronneau-Troutman 1946 She was one of the first women to practice medicine and the first resident in ophthalmology at the Hôpital Maisonneuve-Rosemont. She received many distinctions for her work in ophthalmology

    Alumni Highlights

    • Our Alumni network is very active in helping our school in pursuing our mission.

    Stories & Testimonials


    • La Federation des etablissements d'enseignement prives (FEEP) Associations

    Social Feeds

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    Benoit Hélie

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