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(Posted 2 a.m., March 3)
Colonel By SS gets high marks on list of top high schools in the province

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

For the fourth straight year, Colonel By Secondary School is ranked among the top 10 high schools in the province according to the Fraser Institute's annual Report Card on Ontario's Secondary Schools.

The Report Caed looks at the school's 2013 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 2012, 6th in 2011 and 5th in 2010. This year the school placed eighth out of 740 schools with a rating of 9.1.

Besides being home to the top high school in the city, the east end can also brag about having the top French language Catholic high school in Ottawa, Garneau; the second ranked English language Catholic school, St. Peter; and the second ranked French language high school, Louis-Riel.

Garneau scoed an 8.7 on the Report Card, making it the 21st ranked high school in the province and second highest French language high school in the city behind De La Salle which scored a 9.1.

St. Peter High School scored an 8.2 which placed it 48th out of 740 schools province wide, and second among the English Catholic high schools in the city after Mother Teresa in Barrhaven which scored an 8.4.

École secondaire catholique Béatrice-Desloges has the distinction of having the most improved grade among the east end's high schools, improving from a 5.2 in 2012 to a 6.9 in 2013.

Of the 11 high schools in the east end, nine are ranked in the top half of all the high schools in the province. The only two that aren't, Gloucester and Lester B. Pearson, have the lowest average family incomes. They also had the lowest results on the EQAO test with more than 30 per cent of the students tested scoring below the provincial average.

By comparison only 5.4 per cent of the students tested at Colonel By scored below the provincial average, and Garneau, St. Peter. Louis-Riel, Gisele-Lalonde, Cairine Wilson and Béatrice-Desloges all had at least 80 per cent of their students score at or above the provincial standard.

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 /740
5-year ranking /691
Colonel By
Secondary School
9.1 9.2 9.1 94.6 8 6
École secondaire
8.7 8.1 7.5 92.2 21 46
St. Peter Catholic
High School
8.2 7.2 7.9 87.0 48 68
École secondaire Louis-Riel 7.3 7.1 6.8 84.3 158 123

École secondaire

Cairine Wilson
Secondary School
7.1 6.5 6.7 81.9 208 341
St. Matthew
High School
6.9 7.0 6.7 78.3 236 201

École secondaire

6.9 5.2 5.8 82.1 236 303
Sir Wilfrid Laurier
Secondary School
6.5 7.3 7.4 78.1 324 226
Lester B. Pearson High School 5.9 5.7 3.8 69.6 421 493
High School
5.3 6.0 5.9 65.6 518 405

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