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Knowledge Hub

Sherbrooke’s education network offers a complete study program in both official languages.  There is a varied choice of institutions:  French and English schools, private or public.  This public and free education system at the elementary, secondary and collegial levels is a major incentive for entrepreneurs or researchers who wish to establish themselves in Sherbrooke.

A quick look at education in Sherbrooke:

  • 2 universities and 4 colleges – a unique feature for a city this size
  • University tuition fees among the lowest in North America
  • Programs which offer a wide variety of specialized programs in every field
  • 2 secondary schools (1 public, 1 private) offering the International High-School Diploma, recognized world-wide


From early childhood through high-school

Up to age 5, parents can entrust their child to a daycare subsidized by the Québec government, for only $7 a day. There are two types of subsidized daycare arrangements:  early years centres (CPE) or home daycare. Private daycares are also available.

Centres de la petite enfance (pre-school day care centres)

  • Over 35 Centres de la petite enfance (CPE) subsidized by the state ($7 per day)
  • Over 380 family day care subsidized by the state ($7 per day)

Elementary schools

  • 36 public elementary schools – Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke (CSRSSherbrooke Regional School Board)
  • 1 alternative school
  • 2 English language school – Eastern Townships School Board (ETSB)
  • 3 private elementary schools

Secondary schools

  • 4 public secondary schools, each offering their own specialty: sports-study, music, International Secondary School Diploma, theatre – Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke
  • 7 private secondary schools (Association des écoles privées de l’Estrie (AEPE – Estrie Private School Association)
  • 2 English-language secondary school, including one private

The Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke (CSRS Sherbrooke Regional School Board) also includes:

  • A school for returning dropouts
  • A vocational training center
  • An adult education center
  • Two specialized schools



College and university educational institutions in Sherbrooke offer a complete range of quality educational programs and this, in both official languages. The offer is diversified and responds to the ever increasing requirements of the workplace and innovation.

Sherbrooke’s 2 universities enjoy international recognition for their educational quality. More than half of their clientele comes from outside the region. In recognition of the benefits brought about by this young and dynamic population, Sherbrooke supports its University Pole by investing in its educational and research institutions, while offering a range of competitive services and a high-quality environment


4 colleges

Séminaire de Sherbrooke  (Seminary of Sherbrooke High School)

  • French-language private institution
  • Technical training and pre-university programs in pure and applied sciences, humanities and social sciences, management and cooperation, paralegal technology, hotel management, architecture, and fashion merchandising.

Cégep de Sherbrooke (college)

  • French-language public institution
  • Largest Cégep located outside of Montreal and Quebec
  • 32 study programs, 23 of which are technical and 9 pre-university
  • 15 technology-focused career programs 
  • DEC-BAC and DEP-DEC formulas and bridge in some programs
  • Several teaching laboratories featuring state-of-the-art equipment and technology 
  • An internship program to better adapt student knowledge to job market needs
  • The Centre collégial de transfert de technologie (also known as Productique Québec) offers regional businesses custom training specialized in industrial computing tools, from initial design to the delivery of the manufactured product.

 Champlain College

  • English-language public institution
  • Post-secondary career programs and pre-university education
  • Continuing education

CDE Collège

  • Accredited private institution
  • Accredited as a Microsoft Training Centre “IT Academy Program”
  • 6 study programs in Information Technology, Administration and Office Automation resulting in an attestation of college studies (AEC)
  • Academic study coupled with workplace training


2 universities

Université de Sherbrooke

  • French-language public institution
  • Some 30,240 full-time and part-time students (2013-2014)
  • First, second, and third cycle programs 
  • A co-op program which, every year, gives approximately 4,000 students the opportunity to acquire experience, leading to better labour market integration while contributing to the creation of a University-Industry relationship
  • BLEU, the University-Industry liaison office, promotes local networking between the University and Sherbrooke entrepreneurs

Bishop’s University

  • English-language public university founded in 1843
  • 2,800 students from across Canada (2013-2014)
  • Stunning architecture and charming site
  • Specialties: business management, education, social sciences, computer science, and mathematics