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Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé

1569 Rte 169, Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec, G8G 1A8

Grades (Gender):
Gr. 7 to Gr. 11 (Coed)
$3,580 to 25,465/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 275 (Gr. 7 - 11), Boarding: Varies (Gr. 7 - 11)

School Address
1569 Rte 169, Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec, G8G 1A8

About this school:


The Séminaire is a rural day and boarding school in French Quebec offering a well-rounded, academic high school education delivered by a dynamic teaching team, with enrichment option and support, in small technology-equipped classrooms and labs. Our modern boarding school is a good fit for students who want to enhance oral and written French proficiency through total immersion, cultivate new friendships and outlooks, and participate in engaging Cultural and Sport Programs and energizing extracurricular activities.

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Our Take: Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé

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Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé was founded in 1956 as an expression of the Catholic church, which for a time was intended for boys seeking ordination. Times have changed, and indeed so has the school. Girls were first admitted in 1985, and while the school expresses many of the values of the church—indeed it is the values piece that attracts many students—today the program is secular, without any formal ties to any Christian denomination. The student population, at 275, is a nice size, one that is small enough to maintain a very personal, close-knit community, while large enough to allow for a good range of programs and extracurricular activities. Its location allows for a rich program of outdoor education and physical activity, something that rightly is a draw for many who attend. The school maintains a close association with the surrounding community, adding a unique dimension to the life of the school.

School busing:

SMRC offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, occasional rider. The regions it offers busing from are Alma, Roberval, Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Saint-Félicien, Hébertville.
Additional notes: Busing is only for day students.

Upcoming Events Next event: August 15, 2018

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  • August 15, 2018Admission deadline
    Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé , 1569 Rte 169, Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix, Quebec
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    Parents and students have until August 15, 2018 to apply to the Séminaire.

Principal's Message


Patrick Desmeules, Principal

Bonjour !

Founded in 1956 and overlooking the majestic Lac St-Jean, the Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé is a vast domain where wide open spaces and nature offer an exceptional milieu conducive to high quality education.

Over the years, the Séminaire has earned a prominent place in the hearts of the people of Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix and Lac-St-Jean.

The Séminaire is a family-sized school where support and mentorship are used to develop well-rounded learners in search of excellence. This is our tradition, reflected in the services we offer our students: Personalized quality education adapted to each student’s potential with special education and diverse optional programs which meet everyone’s passions including hockey, snowboarding, cheerleading, athletics, horse-riding, jazz-pop music, and hunting and fishing.

It is with great pleasure that the staff of the Séminaire invite you to browse our website at www.smrc.qc.ca. You will discover the pride that our students have in attending a tailor-made school in a dynamic and stimulating environment.

Welcome home! Bienvenue!


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

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

What SMRC says: The school of tomorrow at the Séminaire is: A total immersion in French; significant emphasis on student autonomy; an individualized approach to learning with enrichment for high performing students and support for students with learning differences; various, innovative and proven teaching methods; technology-enabled classrooms to deepen engagement with curriculum (e.g. WIFI, interactive whiteboard, tablets); modern, comfortable, safe spaces adapted to school and social life.

  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based Special needs
    Academic French immersion Special needs

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What SMRC says: All students in the school have mathematics on their schedule. Beginning in grade 10, students choose a math path, either CST (regular) or SN (enriched). SN Mathematics are requirements to post-secondary programs related to science and the health field. They are also a prerequisite for enrolment in chemistry and physics grade 11. Students who are enrolled in the Academic Excellence Program receive their instruction in a flipped classroom. The teacher records and posts short video lessons that students watch independently during homework time. Students complete exercises in the classroom where support is available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: Grade 7 & 8: Sommets Grade 9: Point de mire Grade 10: Vision (CST) et Point de mire (SN) Grade 11: Vision (CST et SN)

    • Calculator policy: Calculators are permitted, except for grade 7 assessments that relate to mathematical operations.

    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: All students in the school have science on their schedule. As set out by the Quebec Ministry of Education, a proportion of the courses (40%) is devoted to practical work. Various laboratories are offered to students at each level. In grade 7 and 8, students are taught to use laboratory measuring instruments. In grade 9, human anatomy is the main focus, and students dissect a pig’s heart and cow’s eye. Starting with grade 10, students choose a science path, either ST (regular) or STE (enriched).

    • 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 Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What SMRC says: The Séminaire strongly encourages students to read. French teachers offer a variety of texts to students. From Grade 7 onward, there are compulsory novels. After reading each novel, students participate in reading circles, sharing with peers and preparing for assessment. Group discussions are frequent, and students are encouraged to take part in debates in order to develop their critical thinking skills. In grade 11, preparations for the provincial literacy exams take up a large portion of classroom time. Students practice key skills by taking a written position on current affairs topics.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What SMRC says: All students in the school have social sciences on their schedule. In grade 7 & 8, students study geography and history. In grade 9 & 10, emphasis is placed on history lessons from Quebec and Canada. In grade 11, students study the contemporary world, examining recent history and current events. New this year, a financial education course aims to prepare students for independence. Also available is an optional cultural geography course for students who wish to explore diverse cultures and traditions from around the world.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What SMRC says: Teaching methods vary. Students learn through a combination of speaking, reading and writing. Incoming Grade 7 students are assessed through various exercises and placed in either regular or enriched English. Students enrolled in enriched English receive instruction that allows them to attain a high level of proficiency. In Grade 11, an optional course allows interested students to learn Spanish. The higher-achieving students enrolled in the Academic Excellence Program have a language course + on their schedule. In this course, they become familiar with different languages ​​and cultures in order to choose the ones they want to explore.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   11
    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

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

    • What SMRC says: All students choose between music or visual arts. The interpretation of artistic work, both in music and in visual arts, is an important aspect of the courses. Students who choose music learn to read scores and deepen one of the following instruments: classical guitar, base, drums, vocals, piano. Students enrolled in the visual arts use a variety of techniques, using different mediums and materials. Students enrolled in the Academic Excellence Program also have drama classes on their schedules. Various performing arts workshops are offered, and they present a play to the public at the end of the year.

    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 SMRC says: The Séminaire uses Pluriportail, a web management tool, to ensure ongoing collaboration between students, teachers and parents. Consequently, students become accustomed to online communication and collaboration, a necessary skill in the workplace. Most teachers use Pluriportail to share course content with students. Many teachers use the flipped classroom model, recording their own lessons or scouring the web for superior videos. In the flipped classroom, students watch lessons for homework and do exercises and activities during classroom time. Optional courses directly related to technology include a Technology & Media course offered to Grade 9 students. Students in the Academic Excellence Program use technology extensively in the classroom. Besides classrooms equipped with WIFI and interactive whiteboards, students use iPads in class to access workbooks and materials.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What SMRC says: All students have physical education classes on their schedule. Physical education teachers offer a variety of activities to students and many sports are on the program including badminton, athletics, volleyball, tchoukball, basketball, and soccer. Grade 7 students have more physical education courses than prescribed by the Quebec Ministry of Education. In Grade 11, students may choose a Sport Option course to increase the frequency of physical education on their schedules. The school also offers its students free access to a training room on campus where a coach is on site.

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

    What SMRC 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 SMRC 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 SMRC says about flexible pacing: The teaching methods are varied and adapted to the different categories of students. Traditional lecture teaching is still taking place but more and more instructors are using the flipped classroom approach to teach and all of them use technology-enhanced strategies to deliver the content of the courses to the students.

    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 SMRC says: The Séminaire encourages each student to surpass his or her historic academic level. The end-of-year gala rewards not only students who achieve the best results in each subject. It also highlights the efforts of students who work hard despite difficulties.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced, Social

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

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What SMRC says: All aspects of development are important to nurturing a well-rounded student. Social development supersedes intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual development. Ongoing emphasis on social development supports and stimulates all other aspect of development. A well-rounded, social student is well-equipped to engage in intellectual discourse, exercise emotional intelligence, maintain wellness through physical exercise, and nurture a robust inner life. Each student has a coach teacher who offers support. Through individual meetings, students work with the coach teacher to develop well-formed goals. The coach may also act as a confidant for the student.

    Special Needs Support Special needs school

    Special needs school

    Full-time programming is offered for all students which is exclusively focused on one or more special needs.

    • 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
    • What SMRC says: The Séminaire welcomes students with learning difficulties and has done so for more than 10 years. These students represent about 20% of the student body. Students experiencing difficulties can receive instruction and assistance from a resource teacher in smaller groups with other students in need. The resource teacher consults with parents, develops Individual Education Plans, and ensures that accommodations are applied in the classroom. In addition, remediation is offered in all subjects at noon every day.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      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
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      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
    • Summary: Students with learning disabilities are supported, including: - resource classroom - dedicated resource teacher - lunch-hour remediation - additional time for tests and assignments - quiet room for tests and assignments - assistive technology (e.g., laptop, text-to-speech software, calculator) - recognition for hard work even when academic results are weak - school culture which supports students with learning differences

    Gifted Learner Support Dedicated class; in-class adaptations

    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: Acceleration and enrichment (There is an equal emphasis on acceleration and enrichment.)

    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 SMRC says: The Séminaire’s Academic Excellence Program meets the needs of gifted students. Students in this program are taught the content of compulsory subjects at a faster pace. Students are then able to add other courses to their schedules, which further enriches their learning. Students are required to learn a third language, take part in sports trips, assist with a major fundraising campaign to defray the costs of an international trip, and participate in scientific competitions.

    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 11, Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    SMRC 30 mins30 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins
    Site Average53 mins57 mins69 mins80 mins95 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades7 to 11
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 11
    Academic achievement reporting7 to 11
    Habits and behaviour reporting7 to 11
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 11

    Class Sizes

    Average class size for each grade:
    Grade 7 8 9 10 11
    Size 25 25 25 25 25


    What SMRC says:
    • SPORT PROGRAM SOCCER The Séminaire’s Soccer Program is the newest addition to the sports program and includes both boys and girls teams from grades 7-9. The training program involves 24 ninety-minute practices on the outdoor field or in the gym. Participants develop their skills with Mr. Jean-Simon Allard, coach and physical educator. In addition to the training periods, students compete against teams from nearby high schools at the cadet level.
    • SPORT PROGRAM SKI/SNOWBOARDING In collaboration with the Saguenay Snowboard School (http://ess.quebec), the Séminaire trains young people in the region who want to develop their skill in snowboarding, skateboarding and freestyle skiing. By offering different workshops to improve the motor skills of young people, the Snowboard School encourages students to develop and master techniques required to practice these sports. Within the team, certified and dynamic coaches know how to hook and stimulate learners with their skills and personalized teaching. Private sessions are delivered once or twice per week at the Snowboard School and include snowboarding, freestyle skiing, and trampoline. Students must be able to do a basic slalom and have the necessary equipment including a helmet.
    • SPORT PROGRAM HUNTING & FISHING The Hunting & Fishing program has been a great success and is open to grades 7 and 8 students and is, without a doubt, an exclusive feature of the Séminaire. The program is headed by Mr. Martin Girard, alias Martin Pêcheur, the French name for the kingfisher, a professional fishing guide (https://www.pechemodedemploi.com) who knows the best kept secrets of the magnificent Lac St-Jean region. Students get hands-on experience through a dozen half-day excursions. In past years students have trapped and hunted small game, and fished from shores, boats, and ice huts.
    • SPORT PROGRAM ATHLETICS The Séminaire’s track and field program has been a great success in recent years. Our coach, Mr. Danick Côté, a former university athlete, knows how to motivate students to excel and perform. Training takes place on the Séminaire grounds and indoor facilities and focuses mainly on short-distance and mid-distance racing. Indoor training: circuit training, gymnasium, spinning, weight lifting. Outdoor training: mid-distance racing, sprint, cross-country. In addition to the training periods, students participate in all regional athletics competitions within the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ). Many athletes from the Seminar stand out for their performances at these competitions.
    • SPORT PROGRAM CHEERLEADING The program is run by the Alcyones Cheerleading School of Alma and is open to grades 7-11. There are two weekly after school training sessions in a large practice space with the necessary equipment. The Séminaire cheerleading teams participate in the three regional competitions of the Quebec Student Sport Network (RSEQ). Here are some recent team achievements: 2014-2015 Cadet level 3, Regional champion team 2013-2014 Cadet level 3, First place at the regional championships 2012-2013 Cadet level 3, Second place at the regional championships.
    • SPORT PROGRAM EQUESTRIAN The equestrian program is run by the Écuries Barock (Facebook: Écuries Barock). Our program educates young people about the way of life, behavior and language of horses. Students study Hippological and ethological theory and observe a herd of more than 20 horses in their natural environment. Horseback riding is used as a way to better interact with the horses. Students learn riding techniques as well as the theoretical and practical knowledge that flows from it. Students learn to handle and care for the horses, build trust and respect, human leadership of the animal, and working in the saddle. Clinics and workshops schedule led by professional horse handlers: 15 sessions of horseback riding (12:30 to 14:30); 15 Sessions of observation and study (ethology) (15:00 to 16:30).
    • CULTURAL PROGRAM MUSIC JAZZ-POP Nowadays, musicians must be versatile in order to exercise their passion in all its splendor. Some post-secondary schools recognize this and offer services à la carte, but there are few secondary schools that explore this aspect of music education. The Seminar's jazz-pop program offers students the opportunity to become versatile by offering a variety of courses in collaboration with the Mur-à-Mur Music School (https://musiquemuramur.ca/musique-musique /) and its qualified teachers. In addition to periods of private, semi-private or ensemble instruction, students regularly have the opportunity to participate in performances of all kinds such as talent shows or competitions.
    • SPORT PROGRAM HOCKEY The Séminaire is proud to offer boys and girls a school hockey development program directed by Mr. Jean-Simon Allard, a senior professional player and physical educator. In keeping with our sporting programs, the school hockey development program is designed to develop high-level players and to enable them to attain their potential. There are two levels: Benjamin (grades 7-8) and Juvenile (grades 9-11). There are two practices per week at the Métabetchouan-Lac-à-la-Croix arena and one to two additional voluntary training workouts involving weight lifting and cardiovascular development at the indoor Sémigym on campus. Players participate in the regional tournaments of the RSEQ.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Drama Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day (Domestic) Day (Domestic: out of province) Day (International) Boarding (Domestic: in province) Boarding (Domestic: out of province) Boarding (International)
    Day (Domestic)$3,580
    Day (Domestic: out of province)$10,670
    Day (International)$13,170
    Boarding (Domestic: in province)$15,875
    Boarding (Domestic: out of province)$22,965
    Boarding (International)$25,465
    What SMRC says: Tuition fees include all application, registration, incidentals, tuition and boarding or busing cost where applicable but exclude optional programs.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students$250
    3rd child (sibling)all students$2,000

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 7 to 11
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid10%
    Average aid package size$500
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid10%
    Total aid available$20,000

    Application Deadline:
    May 31, 2018 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Fonds des services éducatifs du Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé. for processing financial applications
    Families with incomes below $100,000 CAD per year are eligible for financial assistance until the annual allocation from the foundation is exhausted. A letter demonstrating the student's interest in attending the Séminaire and the parents' Notice of Assessment from Revenue Canada are requested. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 275
    Average enrollment per grade55
    Average class sizeVaries
    Gender (grades)Gr. 7 to Gr. 11 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 7 - 11
    % in boarding (total enrollment)N/A

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

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment5458515953
    Boarding Enrollment



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    August 15, 2018

    Boarding students:
    August 15, 2018

    What SMRC says:

    All Admission Applications involve an examination of the previous school year's report card and feedback from the student and parents to get a fuller picture of each potential student. Consequently, we can identify each student’s aptitudes, interests and needs.


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé is looking for: Students wishing to be admitted to the SMRC must demonstrate their interest and willingness to succeed in their academic pursuit and show appropriate behaviour conducive to their success.réussite.

    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type7891011
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    50 - 90 (90%)0 - 10 (90%)0 - 10 (90%)0 - 10 (90%)0 - 10 (90%)
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Michel-Marc Bouchard 1975 Award winning playright
    Gilles Fortin 1977 Executive Officer of the faculty of Glendon College at York University in Toronto.
    Alexandre Brassard 1989 Alexandre Brassard is the Dean of the Faculté des Arts and the Faculté des Sciences at Université St-Boniface in Winnipeg.
    Stéphan Tremblay 1991 Stéphan Tremblay is a Quebec politician. He was a federal MP from 1996 to 2002 and a member of the National Assembly from 2002 to 2006.
    François Lachance 2008 François Lachance is a singer-songwriter who participated in Star Académie. He became known as one of the first artists to take advantage of the YouTube showcase to make himself known.
    Carl  Côté 1987 Carl Côté is General Manager of the Nutshimit-Nippour Consulting Group. He is also President of the Saguenay-Le-Fjord Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
    Robert Bouchard 1980 Robert Bouchard is the CEO of Béton Préfabriqué du Lac (BPDL), a Quebec-based company that has, among other things, designed the architecture of the Yankee Stadium in New York City.
    Raynald Simard 1976 Raynald Simard is a medical graduate from the Université de Sherbrooke and was hired as an administrator to improve the efficiency of the health network in his region.
    Karl Blackburn 1985 A Quebec politician, he was the Liberal MP for Roberval from 2003 to 2007. In 2007, he became the chief organizer and then in 2009 the Liberal Party's General Manager.
    Marc Dupéré 1989 Marc Dupéré was trained in Montréal at McGill University Faculty of Medicine where he was mentored by Dr. Bruce Williams, a Canadian and North American pioneer in Plastic surgery.

    Alumni Highlights

    • The Séminaire welcomed former students to mark its 60th anniversary in June 2017. More than 300 people attended the spectacular benefit dinner, a resounding success.

    Stories & Testimonials


    The best experience of my life / La meilleure expérience de ma vie

    Studying at the Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé was the best experience of my life. I was fortunate to meet people who showed me the true Quebec culture, and who were always present, even after my return to Brazil. Definitely, the Seminar changed my life forever. / Étudier au Séminaire Marie-Reine-du-Clergé a été la meilleure expérience de ma vie. J’ai eu la chance de connaître des personnes qui m’ont montré la vraie culture québécoise, et qui ont été toujours présentes, même après mon retour au Brésil. Définitivement, le Séminaire a changé ma vie pour toujours. 


    An extraordinary school / Une école extraordinaire

    Definitely an extraordinary school, just like its staff and students ❤️ / Définitivement une école extraordinaire, tout comme son personnel et ses élèves. ❤️


    A school that stands out / Une école qui se démarque

    The five most beautiful years of my life so far !! A place where you feel supported in all areas. A school that knows how to stand out from others !!! / Les cinq plus belles années de ma vie jusqu'à présent !! Un endroit où on se sent soutenu dans tous les domaines. Une école qui sait se démarquer des autres!!!


    A great school! / Une superbe école!

    A great school that made sure to give me the tools to go where I am today! I consider myself privileged to have had the chance to go to this beautiful living environment / Une superbe école qui a fait en sorte de me donner les outils me permettant de me rendre où je suis aujourd'hui!!! Je me considère privilégié d'avoir eu la chance de fréquenter ce beau milieu de vie.


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