The Fraser Institute

The Fraser Institute

November 14, 2007 08:00 ET

The Fraser Institute: Alberta Schools Recognized for Academic Performance and Improvement at Annual Weston Awards for Excellence

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 14, 2007) - Fifty-one schools from across Alberta were recognized as being among the best in the province at the annual Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in Education dinner in Calgary Tuesday.

Awards were presented in two categories, each reflecting different aspects of academic success. Improvement in Academics - Elementary and Improvement in Academics - High School recognize schools that have experienced the fastest, most consistent improvement in their academic ratings over the past five years. Academic Achievement in Excess of Expectations challenges the notion that only schools in rich neighborhoods do well. This award recognizes schools that ensure their students succeed regardless of their socioeconomic background.

The awards are based on an analysis of the historical data of each school included in independent research organization The Fraser Institute's annual Report Card on Alberta's Elementary Schools and Report Card on Alberta's High Schools. Out of 276 high schools and 705 elementary schools in Alberta, only the top performers in each category were invited to participate in the awards.

"The teachers, support staff, and administrators from these schools are pathfinders and have shown us what is possible," said Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at The Fraser Institute. "We are delighted to honour their hard work and achievement. Not only does celebrating the accomplishments of these educators enable them to share their success with others, it also serves to inspire those seeking such success."

Almadina Language Charter Academy - Mountain View Elementary Campus of Calgary won the award for Improvement in Academics -Elementary and a $3,000 prize. Runners-up were Rundle School of Edmonton and Brightview School of Edmonton. Both received a $1,000 prize.

Glendon School of Glendon, a village in Northern Alberta, won the award for Improvement in Academics - High School and a $3,000 prize. Runners-up were Cochrane High School of Cochrane, 22 kilometres west of Calgary and H.J. Cody School of Sylvan Lake, 25 kilometres west of Red Deer. Both winners received a $1,000 prize.

For the first time ever in the Academic Achievement in Excess of Expectations category, two winners were selected; one for elementary and another for high schools.

Immanuel Christian Elementary School won the award for Academic Achievement in Excess of Expectations-Elementary and Vauxhall Junior Senior High School of Vauxhall, 114 kilometres west of Medicine Hat, won the award for Academic Achievement in Excess of Expectations - High School. Each school received a $3,000 prize.

Runners-up were Senator Gershaw School of Bow Island, 320 kilometres south of Calgary, and Victoria School of Performing and Visual Arts in Edmonton. Both schools received $1,000.

"Teachers and support staff at these schools are finding effective and innovative ways to rapidly and consistently improve school and student performance. What more can we ask of our schools than that they strive to improve?" Cowley said.

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Backgrounder: Complete List of all Weston Award-winning Schools
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Academic Achievement in Excess of Expectations-Elementary & High School
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Winner-Elementary Immanuel Christian Elementary School Lethbridge
First Runner-up Victoria School of Performing Edmonton
Elementary and Visual Arts

Winner - Vauxhall Junior Senior High School Vauxhall
High School
First Runner-up Senator Gershaw School Bow Island
High School

Schools of Distinction
Acme School Acme
Consort School Consort
Coronation School Coronation
St. Bonaventure Elementary School Edmonton
Mayfield School Edmonton
Clara Tyner School Edmonton
Holden School Holden
Kitscoty Junior Senior High School Kitscoty
Central Alberta Christian High School Lacombe
Lacombe Christian School Lacombe
Willow Park School Leduc
Immanuel Christian High School Lethbridge
Manning Elementary School Manning
River Heights Elementary Medicine Hat
Calvin Christian School Monarch
AB Daley Community School Nanton
Olds Koinonia Christian School Olds
Viking School Viking
Warburg School Warburg

Improvement in Academics - Elementary
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Winner Almadina Language Charter Academy - Calgary
Mountain View Elementary Campus
First Runner-up Rundle School Edmonton
Second Runner-up Brightview School Edmonton

Schools of Distinction
Bassano School Bassano
Glenbrook Elementary School Calgary
King George Elementary School Calgary
Marion Carson Elementary School Calgary
Calgary Christian School Calgary
Foundations for the Future Charter Academy Calgary
St. Pius X Elementary School Edmonton
St. Bonaventure Elementary School Edmonton
St. Charles Catholic School Edmonton
Belvedere School Edmonton
Ecole Notre Dame Elementary School Edmonton
Glen Allan Elementary School Sherwood Park
Ecole Father Jan Community School St. Albert

Improvement in Academics - High School
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Winner Glendon School Glendon
First Runner-up Cochrane High School Cochrane
Second Runner-up H.J. Cody School Sylvan Lake

Schools of Distinction
Breton High School Breton
St. Francis High School Calgary
William Aberhart High School Calgary
Western Canada Senior High School Calgary
Assumption Junior Senior High School Cold Lake
Ecole Maurice-Lavallee Edmonton
Crescent Heights High School Medicine Hat
Foot Hills Composite High School Okotoks
Vauxhall Junior Senior High School Vauxhall


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