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The Fraser Institute

April 08, 2009 06:00 ET

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

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - Eighty schools from across Ontario were recognized as the top performers in three categories of academic achievement at the fifth annual Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in Education dinner in Toronto Tuesday.

The awards are based on an analysis of the Ministry of Education's student results data for each school included in the Fraser Institute's annual Report Card on Ontario's Elementary Schools. Out of 2,786 English and French, public and separate elementary schools from across Ontario, only the top one per cent (i.e., the top 30 schools) in each category were invited to participate in the awards. About 550 educators from across the province attended the reception and awards dinner.

Awards were presented in three categories, each reflecting different aspects of academic success. Improvement in Academics recognizes schools that have experienced the fastest, most consistent improvement in their academic performance over the past five years. Determination in Academic Achievement recognizes schools that ensure that their students succeed regardless of the hurdles they may face. This award challenges the notion that only schools in rich neighbourhoods perform well academically. The award for Overall Academic Achievement recognizes schools whose students have achieved remarkable, ongoing academic success over the past five years.

"The teachers, support staff, and administrators from these schools are pathfinders who continually find new ways to help their students achieve more in school. We are delighted to honour their hard work and achievement," said Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at the Fraser Institute. "Celebrating the accomplishments of these educators enables them to share their successes and inspire others."

Seaforth Public School of Seaforth, a community in the municipality of Huron East, won the award for Determination in Academic Achievement along with a $3,000 prize after earning School of Distinction recognition in this category last year. Runners-up Cornell Junior Public School of Toronto and Ogden Community School of Thunder Bay-both of which earned School of Distinction recognition in this category last year-received a $1,000 prize.

St. John Vianney School of Barrie won the award for Improvement in Academics along with a $3,000 prize. Runners-up were Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic School of Toronto, which won in this category last year, and Saint Joseph Catholic School of Niagara Falls. Both schools received a $1,000 prize.

Continuing its winning streak, Seneca Hill Public School of Toronto won the award for Overall Academic Achievement along with a $3,000 prize for the fourth year in a row. Runners-up were Kennedy Public School of Toronto, which received School of Distinction recognition in this category at last year's awards, and Denlow Public School of Toronto, which was first runner-up in this category last year. Both schools received a $1,000 prize.

The remaining school teams-all among the top one per cent in their categories-received School of Distinction recognition.

"Regardless of whether they finish as a winner, a runner-up, or a school of distinction, the school teams being honoured by the Weston Awards are among the very best in the entire province. This should be cause for a great deal of pride and celebration," Cowley said.

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Backgrounder: Complete list of all Weston Award-winning schools


Winner Seaforth Public School Seaforth
First Runner-up Cornell Junior Public School Toronto
Second Runner-up Ogden Community School Thunder Bay

Schools of Distinction
East Wawanosh Public School Belgrave
Cardinal Newman Catholic School Brampton
Avenue Road Public School Cambridge
Sacred Heart Catholic School Espanola
Grey Central Public School Ethel
Ecole elementaire publique Nouvel Horizon Hawkesbury
Saint Aloysius Catholic Elementary School Kitchener
Westmount Public School Kitchener
Linwood Public School Linwood
Saint Paul Catholic Elementary School Norwood
Saint James School Seaforth
Saint Clement Catholic Elementary School St. Clements
Agincourt Junior Public School Toronto
Albion Heights Junior Middle School Toronto
Brock Junior Public School Toronto
Ellesmere-Statton Public School Toronto
Glamorgan Junior Public School Toronto
Ogden Junior Public School Toronto
Pauline Junior Public School Toronto
Rose Avenue Junior Public School Toronto
Saint Helen Catholic School Toronto
Saint Martha Catholic School Toronto
St. Sebastian Catholic School Toronto
West Hill Public School Toronto
Murray Centennial Public School Trenton


Winner St. John Vianney School Barrie
First Runner-up Saint Joseph Catholic School Niagara Falls
Second Runner-up Saint Vincent de Paul Catholic School Toronto

Schools of Distinction
Ecole elementaire publique Terre des Jeunes Alexandria
Holy Family School Alliston
John XXIII Catholic School Arnprior
Saint Ursula Elementary School Brampton
Saint Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School Cambridge
Riverside Public School Huntsville
Ecole elementaire Marie-Curie London
M.B. McEachren Public School London
Lyn Public School Lyn
Divine Mercy Catholic School Maple
Michael Cranny Elementary School Maple
Saint James Catholic School Maple
St. Peter School Orangeville
Saint John Bosco Catholic School Oshawa
Lady Evelyn Alternative School Ottawa
Hanna Memorial Public School Sarnia
Shakespeare Public School Stratford
Chief Dan George Public School Toronto
Earl Haig Junior Public School Toronto
Pape Avenue Junior Public School Toronto
Saint Helen Catholic School Toronto
Winchester Public School Winchester
Frank W. Begley Public School Windsor


Winner Seneca Hill Public School Toronto
First Runner-up Kennedy Public School Toronto
Second Runner-up Denlow Public School Toronto

Schools of Distinction
Saint Jude Catholic Elementary School London
Coledale Public School Markham
Roy H. Crosby Public School Markham
Saints Martha and Mary Catholic Elementary School Mississauga
Vista Heights Public School Mississauga
Ecole elementaire catholique L'Etoile-de-l'Est Orleans
Katimavik Elementary School Ottawa
Bayview Glen Public School Thornhill
Arbor Glen Public School Toronto
Blythwood Junior Public School Toronto
Cornell Junior Public School Toronto
Courcelette Public School Toronto
Ecole elementaire catholique Sainte-Marguerite-d'Youville Toronto
Harrison Public School Toronto
John Ross Robertson Junior Public School Toronto
Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Toronto
Prince of Peace Catholic School Toronto
Rippleton Public School Toronto
Saint Clement Catholic Elementary School Toronto
Saint Henry Catholic School Toronto
Saint Michael's Choir School (Jr.) Toronto
Saint Justin, Martyr Catholic Elementary School Unionville
William Berczy Public School Unionville
Ecole Bellewood School Windsor
Saint Angela Merici Catholic School Woodbridge

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