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November 21, 2011 12:50 ET

Fraser Institute: Media Advisory; Awards for Excellence in Education Honour Ontario Schools for Academic Achievement

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2011) - Educators from outstanding Ontario elementary schools will be recognized at the annual Awards for Excellence in Education on Thursday, November 24 at the Westin Prince. More than 300 educators representing 53 schools across the province will attend the reception and awards dinner.

The annual awards honour school teams (teachers, principals, support staff, and volunteers) in three categories of academic achievement. The Garfield Weston Award for Improvement in Academics recognizes elementary school teams that have experienced the fastest, most consistent improvement in their students' academic performance over the past five years. The Garfield Weston Award for Excellence in Language Arts recognizes elementary school teams whose students have excelled in reading and writing over the last five school years as reflected in their results on the Grade 3 and Grade 6 provincewide tests. The Imperial Oil Foundation Award for Excellence in Mathematics honours elementary school teams whose students have excelled in mathematics over the last five school years as reflected in their results on the Grade 3 and Grade 6 provincewide tests.

The Awards for Excellence are based on an analysis of student results data from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessment. Out of 2,733 elementary schools whose test results were analyzed 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 will be recognized as Schools of Distinction.

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

Event details

DATE: Thursday, November 24, 2011
WHEN: 5:30 p.m. reception; 6:30 p.m. banquet and awards presentation
LOCATION: Westin Prince
900 York Mills Rd.

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 at least one of the categories).

IMPROVEMENT IN ACADEMICS
St. James Catholic School Ajax
St. Paul's Separate School Alliston
Blair Road Public School Cambridge
Ridgewood Public School Coboconk
Langton Public School Fenelon Falls
Blossom Park Public School Gloucester
St. Brother André Catholic School* Gloucester
Edward Johnson Public School Guelph
R. A. Riddell Public School Hamilton
St. Luke Separate School Hamilton
Our Lady of Good Voyage Catholic School Mississauga
Notre Dame Catholic Elementary School Niagara Falls
Mother St. Bride School North Bay
Coronation Public School Oshawa
Manor Park Public School Ottawa
Memorial Public School St. Catharines
Heron Park Junior Public School* Toronto
Humberwood Downs Junior Middle Academy Toronto
Perth Avenue Junior Public School Toronto
St. Mary of the Angels Separate School Toronto
St. Teresa Catholic School Toronto
St. Stephen Catholic School Toronto
D. A. Gordon Public School* Wallaceburg
Rama Central Public School Washago
St. Theresa Catholic School Whitby
EXCELLENCE IN LANGUAGE ARTS
École élementaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys* Markham
Roy H. Crosby Public School Markham
Stonebridge Public School Markham
Saints Martha & Mary Catholic Elementary School Mississauga
École élémentaire catholique L'Étoile-de-l'Est Orléans
École élémentaire catholique Terre des Jeunes Ottawa
Bayview Hill Elementary School Richmond Hill
St. Martin of Tours Catholic Elementary School Stoney Creek
Arbor Glen Public School Toronto
Bayview Glen Public School Toronto
Denlow Public School Toronto
École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-d'Youville Toronto
Frankland Community School Toronto
Islamic Foundation School Toronto
John Ross Robertson Junior Public School Toronto
Kennedy Public School* Toronto
Prince of Peace Catholic School Toronto
Sathya Sai School of Toronto* Toronto
Seneca Hill Public School Toronto
St. Henry Catholic School Toronto
St. Michael's Choir (Jr.) School Toronto
St. Clement Catholic School Toronto
St. Justin Martyr Catholic Elementary School Unionville
William Berczy Public School Unionville
Bellewood Public School Windsor
St. Padre Pio Catholic Elementary School Woodbridge
EXCELLENCE IN MATHEMATICS
John XXIII Separate School Arnprior
Coledale Public School Markham
Roy H. Crosby Public School Markham
École élémentaire catholique Terre des Jeunes Ottawa
St. Martin of Tours Catholic Elementary School Stoney Creek
Arbor Glen Public School Toronto
Bayview Glen Public School Toronto
Blythwood Junior Public School Toronto
Crestview Public School Toronto
David Lewis Public School Toronto
Denlow Public School Toronto
École élémentaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-d'Youville Toronto
Hillmount Public School Toronto
Kennedy Public School* Toronto
Maurice Cody Junior Public School Toronto
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Separate School Toronto
Prince of Peace Catholic School Toronto
Sathya Sai School of Toronto* Toronto
Seneca Hill Public School* Toronto
St. Clement Catholic School Toronto
St. Henry Catholic School Toronto
St. Justin Martyr Catholic Elementary School Unionville
William Berczy Public School Unionville
St. Padre Pio Catholic Elementary School Woodbridge

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