Local High Schools Score Well In Annual Fraser Report Rankings

Barrhaven’s high schools are among the best in the province.

The local schools scored very well as the Fraser Institute released its annual rankings of Ontario secondary schools, allowing parents to compare the academic performance of schools across the province.

“Our Report Cards offer parents information they can’t easily get anywhere else, about how their child’s school performs and how it compares to other schools in Ontario,” said Peter Cowley, a Fraser Institute senior fellow.

This year, the Report Card on Ontario’s Secondary Schools ranks 689 public, Catholic, and independent schools based on eight academic indicators derived from provincewide test results.

For example, Englehart, a public school in Northeast Ontario, is one of the fastest-improving high schools in the province, rising from a score of 2.2 out of 10 in 2016 to 6.5 in 2022.

Likewise, Toronto Ouest, a French public school in Toronto, is one of the fastest-improving school (rising from 4.9 in 2016 to 8.5), even though 13.7 per cent students have special needs.

Local high schools finished as follows:

  • St. Joseph Catholic High School had a score of 8.4 out of 10 and finished ranked 36th out of 689 schools.
  • John McCrae Secondary School scored 7.9 to finish 77th.
  • Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School and St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School in Riverside South both scored 7.8 to place tied for 87th.
  • St. Mother Teresa Catholic High School scored 7.5 to finish 138th.
  • Pierre-Savard scored 7.1 to finish 194th

Other Nepean schools also fared well. Merivale placed 22nd, Bell placed

Ahlul Bayt Islamic School on Albion Road in Gloucester was named the top elementary school in the province out of 2,975 schools ranked. Here is how local elementary schools ranked:

  • St. Jerome in Riverside South scored 8.8 and placed 118th out of 2,975 schools.
  • St. Cecilia scored 8.4 to place 207th.
  • St. Benedict Elementary School scored 8 to finish 367th.
  • St. Andrew Elementary School scored 7.9 to finish 402nd.
  • Chapman Mills Elementary School, Steve MacLean in Riverside South, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Elementary School and École élémentaire catholique Jean-Robert-Gauthier all scored 7.8 and were tied for 443rd.
  • St. Luke Elementary School and St. Patrick Elementary School both scored 7.7 to place tied for 486th.
  • École élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean scored 7.6 to place 532nd.
  • Half Moon Bay Elementary School scored 7.5 to place 580th.
  • École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Kateri scored 7.3 to place 690th.
  • Jonathan-Pitre in Riverside South scored 7.2 to place 796th.
  • Monsignor Paul Baxter Elementary School scored 7 to place 870th.
  • Berrigan Elementary School in Barrhaven scored 6.7 to place 1,094th
  • École élémentaire catholique Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau scored 6.4 to place 1,303rd.
  • Mary Honeywell Elementary School scored 6.1 to place 1,511th.
  • École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître in Riverside South scored 5.8 to score 1,687th.
  • Jockvale Elementary school scored 5.5 to place 1,871st.
  • Farley Mowat Public School scored 5 to finish 2,140th.
  • Vimy Ridge Public School in Findlay Creek scored 4.9 to place 2,189th.
  • Barrhaven Public School scored 3.9 and finished 2,560th.

Contrary to common misconceptions, the data suggest every school can improve regardless of type, location, and student characteristics.

“It doesn’t matter where a school is ranked, or what challenges its students may face. The evidence is clear—all types of schools, located all over the province with different types of students, are all capable of improvement,” Cowley said.

For the complete results on all ranked schools and to compare the performance of different schools, visit www.compareschoolrankings.org.