School program

Academic coaching: Success first
The sport-etudes program is unique in North America and specific to Quebec. It’s an essential tool to manage the schedule of a standard academic path while pursuing high-level athletic development. This program is recognized and sanctioned by the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur and by the Quebec Soccer Federation.

The program has a strict rule: prioritize academic success before athletic success.

Players have to maintain a good academic record, with a minimum general average of 75% and at least 65% in mathematics and French.

During his formation, the student-athlete will have access to:

  • an education adapted to the training and competition schedule;
  • a system in place for classes missed because of sporting activities;
  • a supervised and mandatory study period every day;
  • recovery classes at the request of the coach, teacher, parent or student.

Schedule and holidays
From Monday to Friday, class ends at 12:25pm and are followed by training.

The schedule is adapted during exam periods and according to the league calendar.

All players have two weeks off for the winter holidays and three weeks in the summer, between July and the beginning of August. The Impact U13 and U14 teams also have a week off for spring break, in March.

During summer, training sessions at Centre Nutrilait are held from 1:30pm to 3pm for the U13s and U14s, and from 3pm to 5pm for the U16s and U18s. 

High schools
The Impact has partnerships with five different high schools in Montreal:

  • École secondaire Édouard-Montpetit (French)
    Open doors: October 1 - 1pm-4pm
  • École secondaire Antoine-de-Saint-Exupéry (French)
    Open doors: October 5 - 6:30pm-7:30pm
  • Collège de Montréal (French, private)
    Open doors: September 22 - 4pm-7pm and September 24 - 1:30pm-4pm
  • Lester B. Pearson High School (English)
    Open doors: October 5 - 6:30pm-9pm
  • John Rennie High School (English)
    Open doors: October 5 - 6pm-9pm

Our partner schools have a lot of experience in sport-etudes programs as well as great proximity by their pedagogical team with players for personalized follow-ups, for class and exam recovery and tutoring programs. There is also close contact between the schools and the Academy, in order to monitor the player’s behaviour, along with communication with parents.

Our student-athletes from our five partner schools are grouped in classes with other athletes registered in sport-etudes programs. 

 

Cegep
The Academy strongly encourages its players to continue their academic path by going to a sports-etudes alliance cegep. This allows the player to tailor his course schedule around training hours. For more information: www.alliancesportetudes.ca.

University
Some universities like UQAM and Université de Montréal/HEC recognize the status of Athletic Excellence and allow us to keep some flexibility for the classes and exams, according to the schedules. 

Housing
For players coming from further away in need of housing, we propose, depending on their age:

Host families: for players under 16 years of age 
We propose a list of families with different profiles, previously visited by a member of the Academy. The host family agrees, in exchange for a lump sum of $450/month, to provide the following services for the child, from Monday to Friday (with the child arriving on Sunday night). When the player has to stay for the weekend, a $45/weekend fee (Saturday and Sunday) is added to the monthly fee of $450. 

  • A place to study;
  • A private room;
  • Meals in the morning and evening;
  • An access to internet and recreation services.

The Academy always favors a host family who already has a child at the Academy, but also that lives close to the school and/or the training centre. We also work with other families who volunteer to host an Academy player all season long. 

Apartments: for players over 16 years of age
The player shares an apartment with one or two Academy players. Each player has his own room. The bathroom and kitchen are shared. Prices can vary from $400 to $450 a month, depending on the size of the rooms, and include heating and electricity. The Academy helps the parents to find an apartment with the help of its real estate network around Centre Nutrilait.

Animation in the residency
Since the summer of 2014, the Academy got stronger with a new resource person for residencies. The responsibility of this host is to visit the players once per week, be with them and help them if needed, make sure they do their chores, as well as proposing monthly activities (ex: karting, cinema, La Ronde, museum visits, etc.).

Transportation
The morning transportation to go to school and to come back from practice at the end of the day is the family’s responsibility.

Transportation between the school and the training centre is offered by an Academy shuttle for the Édouard-Montpetit and Lester B. Pearson high schools. For Antoine-de-St-Exupéry high school, the school provides the shuttle service. For players going to John Rennie High School, there is no shuttle; public transport must be used when possible.

Please note that the players are training from April to November at Centre Nutrilait, located at 411 avenue Létourneux, Montreal.

From November to April, they train at Complexe sportif Marie-Victorin, located at 7000 boulevard Maurice-Duplessis, Montreal.

Outside of school hours, players have to get to the training sessions on their own. 

Costs
With a cost of admission more for symbolic purposes, the Impact looks to confirm the seriousness of the candidates who wish to partake in the Academy’s developmental structure. At the Montreal Impact Academy, talent should take precedence over financial resources. Consequently, upon completion of grade 8, the student-athlete will participate in the program free of charge, upon confirmation of his capabilities and commitment to the Montreal Impact after the first two years of high school. 

Grade 7: $500
Grade 8: $300
From grade 9 onwards: free

Government aid is available for players in high school (whose parents are Quebec residents, for a 10-month period). 

Financial aid
$225/month assistance is available to young players in need of housing.

Transportation assistance (cannot be combined with financial aid)
$100/month is available for young players living farther than 20km from the school and without common direct transport.

For more information, visit the ministry's website.

Summary of costs: 
​Player needing accommodations (August to mid-July) 

Transportation: monthly STM pass at $49.75/month

School expenses: uniform, books, lunch at school (about $3)

Housing accommodations (with host family): package (accommodation + breakfast + dinner) $450/month x 11 months + additional fee of $45/weekend when the player will have to stay in Montreal for training/matches.

If in a student residency (possible at the age of 16): around $400-$450/month + food expenses.

Annual sport-etudes: grade 7 = $500; grade 8 = $300; free from grade 9.

Equipment costs: about $70 for the costs of running shoes + Adidas sandals. All Impact/Adidas equipment are provided free of charge by the club (except soccer shoes).

Summary of costs: 
​Player NOT requiring accommodations 

Transport: monthly STM pass at $49.75/month

School expenses: uniform, books, lunch at the school (about $3)

Annual sport-etudes: grade 7 = $500; grade 8 = $300; free from grade 9.

Equipment costs: about $70 for the costs of running shoes + Adidas sandals. All Impact/Adidas equipment are provided free of charge by the club (except soccer shoes).