A study by the University of Quebec in Chicoutimi released Thursday shows that if you map out the drop-out rate on the Island of Montreal, you'll see a geographic divide between east and west.
The findings show kids living east of Decarie Boulevard are twice as likely to drop-out of high school as those living west of it.
One of the major reasons is poverty, but it's not the only one, even affluent boroughs such as Outremont have a 25% drop rate, higher than Montreal's 21% average.
“Let’s put aside the rich or poor neighborhoods and think about why the kids are dropping out? To me this shows that it’s a matter of inequality in the services that kids are getting in schools,” Gabriel Bran Lopez’s, founder of Youth Fusion, a local NGO that works to lower the drop-out rate, said.
Still Mike Cohen, spokesman with the English Montreal School Board, said school boards need to be proactive in helping kids with financial needs.
Other contributing factors found by the study are immigration and family values.
Boroughs with the highest drop-out rates are Ville-Marie, Verdun and the South-West.