Pictured is the former Arichat Academy.

As early as 1824, a functioning school existed in Arichat under the tutelage of John Walsh who instructed 30 to 40 aspiring scholars.

By 1834, the school faced insurmountable financial difficulties, and as a result, the creditors – primarily John Tyrrell, a prominent Arichat merchant – foreclosed on the property and took it over. Instead of closing it, Tyrrell hired two lay teachers who instructed in English, French, Greek, Latin, history, geography, navigation, mathematics, logic, and rhetoric. This continued until 1842 when the school was closed for want of a teacher.

In the summer of 1860, Les Frères des Écoles Chrétienne began teaching the boys of Arichat Academy. Soon 157 students were enrolled at the new school, plus 28 mature students who took courses in the evening.

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In 1865, the provincial government passed an act which designated the Brothers’ school and the convent as high schools. This meant that all teachers were required to take examinations in English and the Brothers refused to submit to this. They resigned and were replaced by lay teachers, one of whom was Remi Benoit.

The following are taken from the registers of Arichat Academy from 1924 to 1935:

Student number one to student number forty-five were in the Primary section taught by Sr. Marie St. Prudent

Yr. Gr. Name Parent Attendance

1924 3 Agathe LeBlanc Godfrey 164/199

1924 3 Dorothy Young Francis 173/199

1924 3 Anna Boucher Simon 141/199

1924 3 Harold Maloney Wallace 140.5/199

1924 3 Xavier Boucher Simon 184/199

1924 3 Woodrow Wilson Daniel 135.5/199

1924 3 Edouard LeBlanc Andre 150.5/199

1924 3 Gustave Benoit Joseph 161/199

1924 3 Alfred Thurgood Edward 146/199

1924 3 Bernadette Richard Pierre 153/199

1924 2 Georges Samson George Petitpas 176/199

1924 2 Francois Petitpas Walter 182/199

1924 3 Joseph Richard Pierre 85.5/199

1924 2 Alvina Stone Charles 4/199

1924 1 Elsie Malzard Charles 94/199

1924 1 Henri Theriault Alphonse 84/199

1924 1 John Stone Charles 59.5/199

1924 1 Agnes Wilson Daniel 91.5/199

1924 2 Rose Anne Rancon Charles 152/199

1924 2 Agnes Mombourquette Simon 157.5/199

1924 1 Arthur Stone Charles 55/199

1924 1 Lawrence LeBlanc Albenie 112/199

1924 1 William LeBlanc Albenie 117/199

1924 2 Joseph Boudreau Daniel 142.5/199

1924 2 George Young Francis 172/199

1924 1 Simon Boucher Albert 94.5/199

1924 1 Florence Northup William 49/199

1924 3 Georgina LeBlanc Casimir 108.5/199

1924 2 Simon LeBlanc Casimir 122.5/199

1924 2 Charles LeBlanc Casimir 124.5/199

1924 1 Delina LeBlanc Casimir 31/199

1924 1 Daniel O’C. Madden William 130.5/199

1924 1 Cecile Richard Pierre 26.5/199

1924 1 Theophile Richard Pierre 116/199

1924 1 Omer LeBlanc Godfrey 119/199

1924 3 Alexandre Theriault Placide 140.5/199

1924 1 Wilfred Theriault Placide 64.5/199

1924 1 Bernadette Boucher Pierre Richard 34/199

1924 3 Thelma LeBlanc James Power 168/199

1924 3 Carl Burton Bertram 128.5/199

1924 2 Irene Theriault John Sutherland 131/199

1924 1 Emma Petitpas Walter 98/199

1924 3 Emillie Boudreau John Sutherland 124.5/199

1924 1 Arthur Madden William 42/199

1924 1 Marie Goyetche Alphonse 87/199