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(Posted 5:30 p.m., April 2)
Colonel By SS gets high marks on list of top high schools in the province

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

For the fourth year in a row, Colonel By Secondary School has finished near the top of a list of the top high schools in Ontario..

The Fraser Institute released its Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools on Sunday and Colonel By was ranked 6th out of 718 schools with a rating of 9.1 out of 10.

The Report looks at the school's 2011 EQAO results and then weighs them based on a number of socio-economic factors including gender, percentage of ESL students and average family income.

Colonel By has been at or near the head of the class in Ontario for the past four years. The school was ranked 5th in 2010, 14th in 2009 and 6th in 2008. They have held on to their top ranking in Eastern Ontario during the same four year period.

The east end is also home to the top French language high school In Ontario. Ecole publique secondaire Gisele-Lalonde was ranked 58th in the province in 2011, which is vast improvement from 2010 when the school were ranked 181st, but not as high as 2009 when the schools was ranked 26th.

While Gisele-Lalonde improved its ranking by 123 spots from 2010 to 2011, it's failed to earn the distinction of the most improved school in the east end. That distinction goes to Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School which improved it's ranking from 294 in 2010 to 144 in 2011.

Two other east end high schools that improved their ranking were Cairine Wilson Secondary School which moved up 177 spots from 445 to 268, and Gloucester High School which climbed from 445 to 422.

Unfortunately, the remainder of the high schools in the east end trended in the opposite direction. École secondaire publique Louis-Riel dropped from 41 in 2010 to 253 in 2011. École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges plunged 287 spots from 145 to 432, and Lester B. Pearson High School dropped 199 spots from 445 to 644 making it the lowest ranked school in the east end.


St. Matthew High School fell from 161 to 268, and St. Peter dropped from 34 to 74. Despite losing some ground to the rest of the pack, the Fallingbrook school still ranked third among the Catholic high schools in Ottawa behind only All Saints and St. Joseph.

The scores for the 11 east end high schools are listed in the colour coded chart below. The full report card can be viewed at www.fraserinstitute.ca.

  Ottawa-Carleton District School Board
  Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board
  Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario
  Conseil des écoles catholiques de langue française du Centre-Est

School
(Neighbourhood)
2011
Score
2010
Score
2009
Score
% tests
below
standard
2011
ranking /718
5-year ranking /691
Colonel By
Secondary School
9.1 9.1 8.7 5.9 6 7

École secondaire
Gisele-Lalonde

8.4
7.2
8.1
9.7
58
37
St. Peter Catholic
High School
7.9 8.2 7.5 14.7 74 97
École secondaire
Garneau
7.5 7.8 8.1 16.7 129 30
Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Secondary School
7.4 6.6 6.8 16.9 144 185
École secondaire Louis-Riel 6.8 8.1 7.9 24.3 253 97
Cairine Wilson
Secondary School
6.7 5.7 5.0 19.8 268 370
St. Matthew
High School
6.7 7.3 7.1 20.3 268 211
Gloucester
High School
5.9 5.7 6.6 26.4 422 386

École secondaire
Béatrice-Desloges

5.8 7.4 6.7 27.5 432 185
Lester B. Pearson High School 3.8 5.7 5.9 41.6 644 577

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