DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Uxbridge Secondary School tied for the top rank amongst Durham Region high schools in the latest Fraser Institute rankings released earlier this month.
Uxbridge tied with Whitby's Sinclair Secondary School for top marks amongst area schools with matching 7.6 academic performance rankings, ranking 121 out of 725 Ontario High Schools.
Port Perry tied with Whitby's All Saints Catholic Secondary School for third place amongst Durham Schools, with an academic performance ranking of 7.1, 193 out of 725 province-wide.
Although Brock High School place near the bottom of Durham schools with a 4.8 academic performance ranking, it was still well above the Institute's red zone for schools with rankings of 2.4 and under. Oshawa's GL Roberts CVI ranked lowest in Durham with an academic performance ranking of 2.9, scoring 687 out of 725 schools.
Low scores don't necessarily mean bad news, as Fraser Institute director of school performance studies Peter Cowley explained.
"Every school is capable of improvement, regardless of its geographic or socioeconomic challenges," said Mr. Cowley. "With individual school results going back five years, the annual school rankings help parents and educators measure improvement in specific subject areas and prioritize improvement plans for the year ahead."
Uxbridge's St. Joseph Catholic School placed fifth amongst Durham schools in The Institute's elementary school rankings, which were released in February.
Among Scugog Township elementary schools, Prince Albert and Greenbank/Epsom shared top honours, with both schools scoring a 7.8 academic performance ranking.
The Institute's Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools rates public, private, and Catholic secondary schools based on seven academic indicators using data from the annual province-wide tests of literacy and math managed by Ontario's Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).
The report card also includes important information about each school's make-up, including parents' average income, the percentage of ESL students, and the percentage of special needs students.
The complete results for all 725 secondary schools are available at www.compareschoolrankings.org.
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