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November 25, 2011 06:32 ET

The Fraser Institute: Ontario Schools Honoured for Academic Performance and Improvement at Annual Awards for Excellence in Education

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2011) - Sixty schools from across Ontario were recognized for ongoing academic improvement and achievement at the annual Awards for Excellence in Education in Toronto Thursday.

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.

More than 300 educators from 53 different schools attended the reception and awards dinner. They are among the 5,222 educators representing 1,017 schools from across the country that have been honoured at the awards, presented by the Fraser Institute since 2005.

"At these schools, teams of dedicated teachers, administrators, and support staff have found effective ways to inspire learning and academic excellence in their students," said Peter Cowley, Fraser Institute director of school performance studies.

"They show that scholastic success is achievable in every school across Ontario."

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.

The school team from D.A. Gordon Public School of Wallaceburg won the Garfield Weston Award for Improvement in Academics along with a $3,000 prize. Runner-up school teams from Heron Park Junior Public School of Toronto and St. Brother André Catholic School of Gloucester each received a $1,000 prize.

The school team from Sathya Sai School of Toronto won the Garfield Weston Award for Excellence in Language Arts along with a $3,000 prize, and was also second runner-up for the Imperial Oil Foundation Award for Excellence in Mathematics, which came with an additional $1,000 prize. Runner-up school teams for the Garfield Weston Award for Excellence in Language Arts, both of which received a $1,000 prize, were from École élementaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys of Markham and Kennedy Public School of Toronto. The school team from Kennedy Public School was also named first runner-up for the Imperial Oil Foundation Award for Excellence in Mathematics, making this the seventh year in a row the school has been honoured with an Award for Excellence.

The school team from Seneca Hill Public School of Toronto, which has also been recognized at the awards every year since 2005, won the Imperial Oil Foundation Award for Excellence in Mathematics along with a $3,000 prize, and was also named a School of Distinction for the Garfield Weston Award for Excellence in Language Arts. Runners-up for the Imperial Oil Foundation Award for Excellence in Mathematics were school teams from Kennedy Public School of Toronto and Sathya Sai School of Toronto, both of which received a $1,000 prize.

All of the remaining school teams received School of Distinction recognition. The complete list of winners, by category, follows on the next page.

"The Awards for Excellence recognize school teams whose skill, dedication, and plain hard have paid off in academic improvement or high performance," Cowley said.

"The list of honourees includes school teams from public, private, and Catholic schools, urban and rural schools, and schools serving families with moderate incomes as well as those serving more affluent families. In short, these outstanding educators have shown that academic excellence and constant improvement is possible in every school across Ontario."

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Backgrounder: Complete list of all Awards for Excellence-winning schools

(*recognized in two categories)

IMPROVEMENT IN ACADEMICS

Winner D. A. Gordon Public School Wallaceburg
First Runner-Up Heron Park Junior Public School Toronto
Second Runner-Up St. Brother André Catholic School Gloucester
Schools of Distinction
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
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
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
Rama Central Public School Washago
St. Theresa Catholic School Whitby

EXCELLENCE IN LANGUAGE ARTS

Winner Sathya Sai School of Toronto* Toronto
First Runner-Up Kennedy Public School* Toronto
Second Runner-Up École élementaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys* Markham
Schools of Distinction
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
Bayview Glen Public School* Thornhill
Arbor 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
Prince of Peace Catholic School* 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

Winner Seneca Hill Public School* Toronto
First Runner-Up Kennedy Public School* Toronto
Second Runner-Up Sathya Sai School of Toronto* Toronto
Schools of Distinction
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
Bayview Glen Public School* Thornhill
Arbor 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
Maurice Cody Junior Public School Toronto
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Separate School Toronto
Prince of Peace Catholic 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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