This February, the Fraser Institute published its annual rankings for 3,030 Elementary 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 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 of the province's 3,030 Elementary Schools, Markham is home to 13 schools that rank in the province's top 100 - William Berczy (#1), St. Justin Martyr (#1), Roy H Crosby (#20), Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (#20), Stonebridge (#24), Castlemore (#34), John McCrae (#48), Coledale (#63), Markham Gateway (#76), Sir John A MacDonald (#76), Lincoln Alexander (#89) and St. Patrick (#100), Donald Cousens (#100), Buttonville (#118), Randall (#118), Coppard Glen (#142).
The overall 2014 provincial average rating was 6.0. All of the 57 Markham and Unionville elementary schools exceeded the provincial norm. The ratings are very close and the difference between the #1 school with 10.0 rating and the #34 school is only 0.4 points. The difference between the #1 school and #142 school is only 1.4 rating points and the Median rating was 6.1. This means that half of the schools were rated 6.2 or higher.
It is important to keep the annual rankings in context. A lower score in a single year may be due to a number of factors. The rankings for the past five years will tend to even out the annual fluctuations with 21 schools scoring in the province's top 200 - William Berczy (#1), St. Justin Martyr (#4), Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys (#11), Roy H Crosby (#21), Coledale (#21), Stonebridge (#28), John McCrae (#39), Castlemore (#46), Lincoln Alexander (#64), San Lorenzo Ruiz (#64), Parkview (#71), Buttonville (#71), Markham Gateway (#80), Central Park (#80), St. Patrick (#120), Milliken Mills (#120), Ellen Fairclough (#120), All Saints (#170), Wismer (#170), St. Julia Billiart (#170) and Randall (#197),
Source: Fraser Institute 2014 Report Card - Ontario Elementary Schools