This March, the Fraser Institute published its 2013 annual rankings for 725 Secondary Schools in Ontario. The rankings are based in part on the results of Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) testing.
The province wide EQAO testing evaluates proficiency in both English and Mathematics and covers Mathematics in Grade 9 and the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test in Grade 10.
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.
The ratings are very close and the difference between the #1 school with 9.6 rating points and the #8 school is only 0.5 rating points. The difference between the #1 school and #94 school is only 1.8 rating points and the Median rating was 6.2. This means that half of the schools were rated 6.2 or higher.
Markham placed nine schools in the provinces top 100 Secondary Schools with six of these placing in the top 5% of all schools in the province – Pierre Elliott Trudeau (#8), Unionville (#14), St. Augustine (#16), Bur Oak (#22), Bill Crothers (#22), Middlefield (#32), Markville (#66), Markham District (#76) and St. Brother André (#94). Father Michael McGivney (#138) and Milliken Mills (#138) were rated at 7.5, only 0.3 rating points behind St. Brother André.
Source: Fraser Institute 2013 Secondary School Ontario Report Card