Weston Awards honour top one per cent of Ontario's public and separate elementary schools

    TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - Eighty-five elementary schools from across
Ontario were recognized as being among the top one per cent in the province at
the annual Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in Education dinner in
Toronto Tuesday.
    Awards were presented in three categories, each reflecting different
aspects of academic success. Improvement in Academics recognizes schools that
have experienced the fastest, most consistent improvement in their academic
performance over the past five years. Academic Achievement in Excess of
Expectations recognizes schools that ensure that their students succeed
regardless of the hurdles they may face. This award challenges the notion that
schools in rich neighbourhoods always do better academically than schools in
lower income neighbourhoods. The award for Overall Academic Achievement
recognizes schools whose students have achieved remarkable, ongoing academic
success over the last five years.
    The awards are based on an analysis of the historical data of each school
included in the Fraser Institute's annual Report Card on Ontario's Elementary
Schools. Out of 2,812 English and French, public and separate elementary
schools from across Ontario, only the top one per cent (30 schools) in each
category are invited to participate in the awards.
    "The teachers and administrators from these schools are commited to their
students and are working hard to improve education in their community," said
Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at The Fraser Institute,
an independent research organization. "It is an enormous accomplishment for a
school to be recognized as a winner, a runner-up or as a school of honourable
distinction. Regardless of where they finish, they are among the very best in
the entire province."
    Howard Jordan Public School of Port Hope, a community about 100
kilometers east of Toronto, won the award for Academic Achievement in Excess
of Expectations and a $3,000 prize. Runners-up were Ossington/Old Orchard
Public School of Toronto and Ecole Séparée Saint-Michel of Leamington. Both
schools received a $1,000 prize.
    Transfiguration of our Lord Catholic School of Toronto won the award for
Improvement in Academics and a $3,000 prize. Runners-up were Walkerton Public
School of Walkerton and Ecole Terre des Jeunes of Ottawa. Both schools
received a $1,000 prize.
    The top three spots in the category of Overall Academic Achievement went
to Toronto schools. Seneca Hill Public School was the winner and along with
the award received a $3,000 prize. Kennedy Public School and Denlow Public
School were the runners-up. Both schools received a $1,000 prize.
    "Teachers and support staff at these schools are finding effective and
innovative ways of rapidly and consistently improving school and student
performance. At the end of the day, they are building a better school for
their students and this should be cause for a great deal of pride and
celebration," Cowley said.

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    Backgrounder: Complete List of all Weston Award-winning Schools

    Academic Achievement in Excess of Expectations
    Winner                Howard Jordan Public School            Port Hope
    First Runner-up       Ossington/Old Orchard Public School    Toronto
    Second Runner-up      Ecole séparée Saint-Michel             Leamington

    Honourable Mention
    Ecole élémentaire catholique Saint-Victor (Alfred)     Alfred
    Ecole Elda-Rouleau                                     Alexandria
    Ecole La Source                                        Barrie
    East Wawanosh Public School                            Belgrave
    Chalmers Street Public School                          Cambridge
    Avenue Road Public School                              Cambridge
    Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School               Hamilton
    St Lawrence Separate School                            Hamilton
    Dawnview Public School                                 Hanover
    Ecole élémentaire publique Nouvel Horizon              Hawkesbury
    Hillsdale Elementary School                            Hillsdale
    Mount Carmel Blytheswood Public School                 Leamington
    Ecole Saint-Raymond                                    North Bay
    Ecole élémentaire catholique Sainte-Trinité            Rockland
    Ruthven Public School                                  Ruthven
    Ecole Saint-Dominique                                  Sudbury
    Queen Elizabeth Public School                          Timmins
    Cornell Junior Public School                           Toronto
    J G Workman Public School                              Toronto
    Holy Family Catholic School                            Toronto
    Churchill Heights Public School                        Toronto
    Lord Roberts Junior Public School                      Toronto
    Transfiguration of our Lord Catholic School            Toronto
    Port Royal Public School                               Toronto
    Albion Heights Junior Middle School                    Toronto
    Ecole Ste-Marguerite-d'Youville                        Verner

    Improvement in Academics
    Winner            Transfiguration of our Lord Catholic School   Toronto
    First Runner-up   Walkerton Public School                       Walkerton
    Second Runner-up  Ecole élémentaire catholique Terre des Jeunes Ottawa

    Honourable Mention
    John XXIII Catholic School                             Arnprior
    St Bernadette Elementary School                        Barrie
    Sullivan Community School                              Chatsworth
    Colchester North Public School                         Essex
    St Francis of Assisi Catholic School                   Georgetown
    Queen Victoria Public School                           Lindsay
    Margaret Twomey Public School                          Marathon
    Randall Public School                                  Markham
    Upper Thames Elementary School                         Mitchell
    Ecole élémentaire Catholique Montfort                  Ottawa
    Our Lady of Victory School                             Ottawa
    Glen Tay Public School                                 Perth
    Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School                    Petawawa
    Valley Farm Public School                              Pickering
    Rockland Public School                                 Rockland
    Seaforth Public School                                 Seaforth
    Jeanne Sauvé Catholic School                           Stratford
    Our Lady Immaculate Catholic Elementary School         Strathroy
    St Vincent de Paul Catholic School                     Toronto
    Earl Haig Junior Public School                         Toronto
    Blessed Margherita of Città Castello Separate School   Toronto
    St Margaret Catholic School                            Toronto
    St Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School                Wallaceburg
    Holy Name Catholic School                              Welland
    Winchester Public School                               Winchester

    Overall Academic Achievement
    Winner             Seneca Hill Public School                 Toronto
    First Runner-up    Kennedy Public School                     Toronto
    Second Runner-up   Denlow Public School                      Toronto

    Honourable Mention
    Katimavik Elementary School                                  Kanata
    St Jude Catholic School                                      London
    Ecole élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys     Markham
    Roy H Crosby Public School                                   Markham
    St Patrick Catholic Elementary School                        Markham
    Coledale Public School                                       Markham
    Credit Valley Public School                                  Mississauga
    Sts Martha and Mary Catholic School                          Mississauga
    First Avenue Public School                                   Ottawa
    Harrison Public School                                       Toronto
    Blythwood Public School                                      Toronto
    Prince of Peace Catholic School                              Toronto
    Arbor Glen Public School                                     Toronto
    Deer Park Junior and Senior Public School                    Toronto
    Keele Street Junior Public School                            Toronto
    St Henry Catholic School                                     Toronto
    St Pius X Catholic School                                    Toronto
    Hillmount Public School                                      Toronto
    Courcelette Public School                                    Toronto
    Our Lady of Perpetual Help School                            Toronto
    Maurice Cody Public School                                   Toronto
    St Justin, Martyr Catholic Elementary School                 Unionville
    William Berczy Public School                                 Unionville
    St Angela Merici Catholic School                             Woodbridge
    Bellewood Public School                                      Windsor

For further information:

For further information: Lisa-Diane Fortier, Coordinator, Outreach
Programs, School Performance Studies, The Fraser Institute, Mobile: (778)
554-2349, Email: lisa-dianef@fraserinstitute.ca; Raeann Co, Media Relations
Co-ordinator, The Fraser Institute, Tel: (604) 688-0221 ext. 568, Email

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