The Fraser Institute published its 2012 annual rankings for 2,689 Elementary and 710 Secondary Schools in Ontario. These rankings do have an effect on property values located within the school boundaries of the top schools.
The province wide EQAO testing evaluates proficiency in both English and Mathematics in Grades 3 and 6. French Immersion students receive English testing beginning in Grade 6.
While the Fraser Institute rankings can have an effect on property values located within the school boundaries of the top schools, they should be considered as one of many factors in selecting a school. You should also contact the school board and speak directly with the school’s principal to gain a fuller understanding of what the school has to offer in the way of student life, arts and character development. While private schools are not required to administer the EQAO tests, the ones that have are included in the Fraser Institute rankings.
For example, Markham is home to Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (#1), St. Justin Martyr (#1), William Berczy (#1), Coledale (#20), Roy H Crosby (#25), Henderson Avenue (#25), San Lorenzo Ruiz (#31), Bayview Fairways (#39), Bayview Glen (#49) and Thornhill (#60).
The scoring for these schools was very close. The separation between first (10.0) and sixtieth place (9.2) was very small. The important thing to note is that these ten Elementary Schools are located in the City of Markham.
Source: Fraser Institute 2012 Ontario Elementary School Report Card