This March, the Fraser Institute published its 2014 annual rankings for 740 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 overall 2014 provincial average rating was 6.0. Markham and Unionville ratings range from 6.9 to 9.5 and are all significantly higher than the provincial norm.
Markham and Unionville placed 8 schools in the top 100 Secondary schools with 5 of these placing in the top 5% of all secondary schools in the province - Unionville High School (#2), Pierre Elliott Trudeau (#8), Markville (#11), Bur Oak (#15), St. Augustine (#32), Middlefield (#48), Bill Crothers (#62) and Milliken Mills (#87). Father Michael McGivney (#103), St. Brother André (#183) and Markham District (#236) rounded out the field.
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 - Pierre Elliott Trudeau (#2), Unionville (#6), Bur Oak (#15), St. Augustine (#15), Middlefield (#26), Bill Crothers (#32), Markville (#46), Markham District (#63), St. Brother André (#105), Milliken Mills (#137) and Father McGivney (#174).
The ratings are very close and the difference between the #1 school with 9.9 rating and the #8 school is only 0.8 points. The difference between the #1 school and #87 school is only 2.1 rating points and the Median rating was 6.3. This means that half of the schools were rated 6.3 or higher.
Source: Fraser Institute 2014 Secondary School Ontario Report Card