Pair of Upper Canada area schools top Fraser Institute report card on Ontario secondary schools

    TORONTO, April 22 /CNW/ - A pair of Upper Canada area secondary schools
topped the rankings in Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools: 2007
Edition, released today by independent research organization The Fraser
    St. Michael, a separate school in Kemptville had the highest score,
followed by Embrun, a French separate school in Embrun. The schools were
joined by five schools in the York area, four in Toronto and three in both
Mississauga and Ottawa among the top 23 secondary schools in the province.
    The Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools: 2007 Edition rates 719
English and French, public and separate secondary schools from across Ontario
based on seven key indicators derived from province-wide tests of literacy and
mathematics skills administered by the province's Education Quality and
Accountability Office.
    This annual report card, available at, compiles
data from these indicators into easily read charts that allow anyone to
analyze and compare the performance of individual schools. Parents consult the
report card when they are choosing a school and use it as an annual audit of
how their children's school is doing academically.
    "Unlike a simple snapshot, the report card shows parents how each school
has done in academics over a number of years, allowing them to judge the
school's ongoing performance," said Peter Cowley, the Institute's Director of
School Performance Studies and co-author of the report card.
    "Teachers and administrators can also use the report card to compare
results for their schools with those of other schools whose students share
personal or family characteristics. Seeing what other schools have
accomplished can make a useful contribution to each school's on-going
improvement efforts."
    Also among the top 23 schools with the highest rankings are schools from
Halton, Kingston, London, Near North area, Upper Grand area, and Ontario North
East. Ten of the top schools are public, 13 are separate.

    The 23 top-ranked secondary schools

    Rank            School name                            City

    1               St Michael                             Kemptville
    2               Embrun                                 Embrun
    3               London Central                         London
    4               Unionville                             Unionville
    4               Holy Name of Mary                      Mississauga
    4               St Augustine                           Markham
    4               Bayview                                Richmond Hill
    8               St Michael's Choir                     Toronto
    8               l'Odyssée                              North Bay
    8               St Therese of Lisieux                  Richmond Hill
    11              Marie-Rivier                           Kingston
    12              Hearst                                 Hearst
    12              Notre Dame                             Toronto
    14              Colonel By                             Gloucester
    14              St Aloysius Gonzaga                    Mississauga
    14              St Robert                              Thornhill
    14              St Marcellinus                         Mississauga
    18              Cardinal Carter Academy for the Arts   Toronto
    18              North Toronto                          Toronto
    18              Centennial                             Guelph
    18              West Carleton                          Dunrobin
    18              Lisgar                                 Ottawa
    18              Aldershot                              Burlington

    The complete report card, including detailed results on all 719 schools,
is available at

    The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational
organization based in Canada. Its mission is to measure, study, and
communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on
the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does
not accept grants from governments or contracts for research. Visit

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For further information: MEDIA CONTACT: Peter Cowley, Director of School
Performance Studies, will be in Toronto and available for interviews Sunday,
April 22 and Monday April 23. Cell: (604) 789-0475, Email:; Dean Pelkey, Associate Director of Communications,
The Fraser Institute, Tel: (604) 714-4582, Email

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