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November 03, 2011 12:02 ET

The Fraser Institute: Awards for Excellence in Education Honour Alberta Schools for Academic Achievement

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 3, 2011) - Educators from outstanding Alberta elementary schools will be recognized at the annual Awards for Excellence in Education on Tuesday, November 8 at the Westin Calgary. More than 260 educators representing 37 schools across the province will attend the reception and awards dinner.

The annual awards honour teachers, principals, support staff, and volunteers in three categories of academic achievement. The Garfield Weston Award for Improvement in Academics recognizes elementary schools that have experienced the fastest, most consistent improvement in their academic performance over the past five years. The Garfield Weston Award for Excellence in Language Arts recognizes elementary schools where, in each of the past five years, students have scored above average on Grade 3 and Grade 6 provincial achievement tests in language arts. The Imperial Oil Foundation Award for Excellence in Science honours elementary schools where students have performed above average on Grade 6 provincial achievement tests in science for the past two years.

The Awards for Excellence are based on an analysis of Alberta Education's student results data for each school included in the Fraser Institute's annual Report Card on Alberta's Elementary Schools. Out of 654 elementary schools included in the report card, only the top 30 performers in each category were invited to participate in the awards.

Winning schools in each category will be presented with a $3,000 award. The two runners-up in each category will receive a $1,000 award. The remaining school teams receive School of Distinction recognition.

A complete list of participating schools appears on the next page.

Event details
DATE: Tuesday, November 8, 2011
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. reception; 6:30 p.m. banquet and awards presentation
LOCATION: Westin Calgary
320 4th Ave. SW

Interested media are invited to the awards presentation and are asked to confirm attendance with Kendal Egli, Fraser Institute communications coordinator, at (604) 688-0221 ext. 517 or kendal.egli@fraserinstitute.org. School principals in attendance will be available for interviews and photographs.

Participating schools (listed by award category and community)

Note: Schools marked with an asterisk (*) are finalists (i.e., one of the top three schools in each category and recipients of prize money)

IMPROVEMENT IN ACADEMICS
Almadina Language Charter Academy Calgary
Belfast School Calgary
Bowcroft School* Calgary
Captain John Palliser School Calgary
Dr. E. W. Coffin School Calgary
Master's Academy Calgary
Sainte Marguerite Bourgeoys Calgary
Silver Springs School* Calgary
St. Cecilia (Bilingual) Elementary School Calgary
Calvin Christian School Coalhurst
Coalhurst Elementary School Coalhurst
Bisset School Edmonton
Richard Secord School Edmonton
St. Clement Elementary/Junior High School Edmonton
Youngstown School * Edmonton
Vanier Community Catholic School Edson
Elk Point Elementary School Elk Point
Sister Mary Phillips Elementary School Fort McMurray
St. Gabriel School Fort McMurray
École St. Gerard Catholic School Grande Prairie
St. Jerome's School Vermilion
EXCELLENCE IN LANGUAGE ARTS
Calgary French & International School Calgary
Calgary Jewish Academy Calgary
Clear Water Academy Calgary
Dr. E. W. Coffin School Calgary
Elbow Park School Calgary
Glenmore Christian Academy Calgary
Hillhurst School Calgary
Master's Academy Calgary
Nellie McClung School Calgary
Rideau Park School Calgary
Rundle College Elementary School Calgary
St. Philip Fine Art School Calgary
Sunalta School Calgary
Trinity Christian School Calgary
Webber Academy* Calgary
Westmount Charter School Calgary
Crestwood School Edmonton
Grandview Heights School Edmonton
Mount Pleasant School Edmonton
EXCELLENCE IN LANGUAGE ARTS (cont.)
St. Martin Edmonton
Suzuki Charter School Edmonton
Westbrook School Edmonton
Windsor Park School* Edmonton
Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School* Okotoks
J. J. Nearing Catholic Elementary School St. Albert
Sacred Heart Academy Strathmore
EXCELLENCE IN SCIENCE
Brentwood School Calgary
Calgary French & International School Calgary
Calgary Waldorf School Calgary
Clear Water Academy Calgary
Dr. E. W. Coffin School Calgary
Hillhurst School Calgary
Master's Academy Calgary
Nellie McClung School Calgary
Silver Springs School Calgary
St. Joan of Arc Elementary/Junior High School Calgary
Sunalta School* Calgary
Webber Academy Calgary
Westmount Charter School Calgary
Dapp School Dapp
Crestwood School Edmonton
George H Luck School Edmonton
Grandview Heights School Edmonton
Lynnwood School Edmonton
Mount Pleasant School* Edmonton
St. Martin Edmonton
Suzuki Charter School Edmonton
Westbrook School Edmonton
Windsor Park School* Edmonton
St. Thomas Aquinas School Provost
Madonna Catholic School Sherwood Park
Strathcona Christian Academy Elementary School Sherwood Park

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