Emmanuel High School first opened its doors to 38 students enrolled in Grades 7 and 8 in September 1975. The school was located in the former Surrey Gardens Elementary School, which belonged to the then Protestant School Board of Montreal. An additional grade was formed and admitted each consecutive year, until the first year of graduates obtained their diplomas in 1979.
Once the High School was established, parents began to ask for the elementary grades to be added. In September 1982 a Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2 classes became available, followed by Grades 3 and 4 in September 1982. Grades 5 and 6 were added in September 1983 until a complete school, from Kindergarten through to Secondary 5 was formed.
In 1991, the school moved out of the premises it had rented for 16 years in Dorval in search of a permanent location. For two years, the school was located in temporary quarters on Gouin Boulevard in Pierrefonds.
Finally, in 1993, Emmanuel Christian School found a suitable new home for its vibrant school community. After many renovations and much anticipation, the school moved in, appropriately, on Thanksgiving weekend into its current building on Boulevard St-Jean in Dollard-des-Ormeaux.
The school proudly celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2005 and in 2009 a new French High School sector catering for students in Secondary 1 and 2 classes was added.
New grades were added annually and the French sector was completed in 2012. Our first French sector graduates received their High School diplomas in June 2013.
Fall 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of Emmanuel Christian School. We celebrated forty years of quality, Christ centered education enjoyed by generations of students past and present.
As we look back at our history and all the accomplishments so far, we also eagerly anticipate the exciting journey ahead. Our aim is to continue providing excellent academics and opportunities for spiritual growth to generations of students to come. We hope to achieve this goal through our continuous commitment to quality, innovation and excellence in everything that we do.
The Primary Goal of the Christian School is to help each student grow into an independent person who serves God according to His Word and is able and willing to employ every talent to the honour of God, in every area of life.
This goal is specified from a student’s perspective to serve to anchor the curriculum and general learning outcomes and guide each student to:
- develop a deeper commitment to God
- mature as a Christian person in relation to self, others, and the environment
- discover and develop particular gifts and talents
- develop abilities of perception and judgment in moral and ethical matters
- follow the norms of good health and physical fitness
- develop the knowledge and understanding necessary to fulfill a God-given calling effectively in modern society
- develop awareness as a learner able to adapt knowledge, skills and attitudes to the ordinary tasks of life
- acquire competencies for responsible living as an adult, especially the sensitivity and skill necessary for effective communication in both French and English
- train and discipline those skills and attitudes necessary for satisfaction and productivity in the world of work, technology, and/or advanced level of schooling
- acquire appreciation for the customs, habits, and beliefs of other faith communities, ethnic groups, and cultures.