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(Posted 8 a.m., March 18)
Report card ranks Colonel By among top three high schools in the province

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

For the fifth year in a row, Colonel By Secondary School has finished near the head of the class in 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 third among the 725 high schools included on the list, moving up three spots from their 6th place ranking of a year ago.

The Report looks at the school's 2012 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 five years. The school was ranked 6th in 2011, 5th in 2010, 14th in 2009 and 6th in 2008.

The east end is also home to one of the most improved high schools in Ontario with Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School moving up 243 spots in the last five years from their 407th ranking in 2008.

Two area French language high schools were ranked high on the list. Ecole publique secondaire Gisele-Lalonde moved up from 58th place a year ago to 47th with an 8.2 rating out of 10, and Ecole secondaire catholique Garneau took over Gisele-Lalonde's place in 58th place with an 8.1 rating.

Two other east end high schools that improved their ranking were Lester B. Pearson High School which climbed more than 200 spots from 644 to 442 and Ecole secondaire publique Louis-Riel which moved up 60 spots from 253 to 193.

St. Matthew High School and Gloucester High School also improved their rankings from a year ago. St. Matthew moved up to 214th place from 268, and Gloucester improved to 396th place from 422.

Unfortunately, the remainder of the high schools in the east end trended in the opposite direction. St. Peter High School dropped from 74 in 2011 to 178 in 2012; Cairine Wilson dipped from 268 to 313; and Béatrice-Desloges plunhed from 432 to 522, making it the lowest ranked school in the east end.

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

% tests
ranking /725
ranking /718
Colonel By
Secondary School
9.2 9.1 9.1 5.8 3 6

École secondaire

École secondaire
7.5 7.8 8.1 16.7 58 129
Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Secondary School
7.3 7.4 6.6 17.9 164 144
St. Peter Catholic
High School
7.2 7.9 8.2 18.6 178 74
École secondaire Louis-Riel 7.1 6.8 8.1 19.4 193 253
St. Matthew
High School
7.0 6.7 7.3 19.2 214 268
Cairine Wilson
Secondary School
6.5 6.7 5.7 19.6 313 268
High School
6.0 5.9 5.7 27.9 396 422
Lester B. Pearson High School 5.7 3.8 5.7 31.7 442 644

École secondaire

5.2 5.8 7.4 27.0 522 432

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