As early as 1824, a functioning school existed in Arichat.
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, but instead of closing it, Tyrrell hired two lay teachers. This continued until 1842 when the school was closed for want of a teacher.
In the summer of 1860, Les Freres des Écoles Chretiennes began teaching the boys of Arichat Academy.
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 Primary Level students’ names are taken from the registers of Arichat Academy beginning in 1924. In 1927, the teacher was Sr. Marie Ste. Prudent.
Arthur Stone, Charles Stone, Arichat
Cornelius Boucher, Albert Boucher, Arichat
Robert Wilson, Daniel Wilson, Arichat
Stephen Young, Frank Young, Arichat
Ignatius Wilson, Daniel Wilson, Arichat
Godfrey Boudreau, Alexander Boudreau, Arichat
Terrance Tyrrell, John Tyrrell, Arichat
James Benoit, Joseph Benoit, Arichat
Baptiste Richard, Peter Richard, Arichat
Chester Shaw, Thomas Shaw, Arichat
Edith Maloney, Wallace Maloney, Arichat
Phillip Latimer, George Latimer, Arichat
Clarence Boudreau, Alexander Boudreau
Lillian Petitpas, Augustin Boucher, Arichat
Mary Laura Donohue, John Donohue
William George Donohue, John Donohue
The Senior High level began with Francoise Boucher and ended with Aline Boutin. The teacher was Sr. Marie Ste. Firmin.
Francoise Boucher, William Boucher, Arichat
Germaine Comeau, Capt. Alex MacKinnon, Arichat
Christina Dunphy, William Dunphy, Pondville
Joseph McDonald, Dan C. McDonald, Low Point
Jack Forest, Mrs. Daniel Forest, Lochside
Clarisse LeBlanc, Mrs. R.S. LeBlanc, Arichat
Clara Pellerin, James P., Larry’s River
Lizzie Clannon, Thomas Clannon, L’Ardoise
Aline Boutin, Frank Boutin, West Arichat
Beginning with Edna Shaw the teacher was Sr. Marie du Cenache, and this was the Advanced level.
Edna Shaw, Thomas J. Shaw, Arichat
Marie Benoit, Joseph Benoit, Arichat
Marion McDonald, James Power, Arichat
Edith Terrio, Mrs. C.D. Terrio, Arichat
Ulysse LeBlanc, Godfrey LeBlanc, Arichat
Edward Edwards, Phillip Edwards, Arichat
Lila Young, Frank Young, Arichat
Edna Boudrot, Daniel Boudrot, Arichat
Marcella Wilson, Daniel Wilson, Arichat
Bernadette Richard, Pierre Richard, Arichat
Helen Monbourquette, Simon Monbourquette
Evelyn Shaw, Thomas J. Shaw, Arichat
Thelma MacDonald, James Power, Arichat
Agathe LeBlanc, Godfrey LeBlanc, Arichat
Amelie Boudreau, John Sutherland, Arichat
Conrad Boutin, William Boutin, Arichat
Earl Bourinot, Bertram Bourinot, Arichat
Xavier Boucher, Simon Boucher, Arichat
Claire LeBlanc, Edouard LeBlanc, Arichat
Anna Boucher, Simon Boucher, Arichat
Rose Anne Rancon, Charles Rancon
Cecilia Wilson, Daniel Wilson