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March 20, 2008 06:00 ET

The Fraser Institute: Top One Per Cent of Elementary Schools Recognized at Annual Awards for Excellence in Education

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - March 20, 2008) - Seventy-nine elementary schools from across Ontario were recognized as being among the top one per cent in three categories of academic achievement at the annual Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in Education dinner in Toronto Wednesday.

The widely talked-about awards are based on an analysis of the historical data of 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 (30 schools) in each category are invited to participate in the awards.

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. Academic Achievement in Excess of Expectations 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 do well academically. The award for Overall Academic Achievement recognizes schools whose students have achieved remarkable, ongoing academic success over the last five years.

"The teachers and administrators from these schools are pathfinders and have shown us what is possible. We are delighted to honour their hard work and achievement," said Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at The Fraser Institute, an independent research organization. "Celebrating the accomplishments of these educators enables them to share their successes with others and inspire those seeking such success."

Howard Jordan Public School of Port Hope, a community about 100 kilometres east of Toronto, won the award for Academic Achievement in Excess of Expectations for the second year in a row along with a $3,000 prize. Runners-up were Ecole elementaire catholique Saint-Michel of Leamington and Ossington/Old Orchard Junior Public School of Toronto, both were also runners-up at last year's awards. Both schools received $1,000 prize.

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School of Toronto won the award for Improvement in Academics along with a $3,000 prize. Runners up were St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School of Waterdown, a community in Hamilton, and Notre Dame Catholic School of Orillia, a city about 135 kilometres north of Toronto. Both schools received a $1,000 prize.

Also continuing its winning streak for the third year in a row is Seneca Hill Public School of Toronto. The school won the Overall Academic Achievement Award along with a $3,000 prize. Runners-up were Denlow Public School of Toronto, also a finalist in this category at last year's awards, and St. Justin Martyr Catholic School of Unionville, a suburban community in Markham, a school that received School of Distinction recognition at last year's awards. Both schools received a $1,000 prize.

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

"Teachers and support staff at these schools are finding effective and innovative ways to rapidly and consistently improve school and student performance. This should be cause for a great deal of pride and celebration," said Cowley.

The Fraser Institute is an independent research and educational organization with offices in Calgary, Montreal, Tampa, Toronto, and Vancouver. Its mission is to measure, study, and communicate the impact of competitive markets and government intervention on the welfare of individuals. To protect the Institute's independence, it does not accept grants from governments or contracts for research.

Complete List of all Weston Award-winning Schools

Academic Achievement in Excess of Expectations
Winner Howard Jordan Public School Port Hope
First Runner-up Ecole elementaire catholique Saint-Michel Leamington
Second Runner-up Ossington/Old Orchard Junior Public School Toronto

Schools of Distinction
Ecole elementaire catholique Elda-Rouleau Alexandria
Ecole elementaire catholique Saint-Victor Alfred Alfred
East Wawanosh Public School Belgrave
EEC Saint-Noel-Chabanel Cambridge
Chalmers Street Public School Cambridge
St. Martin Catholic Elementary School Ennismore
Dawnview Public School Hanover
Ecole Ste. Marguerite Bourgeoys Kenora
Mount Carmel Blytheswood Public School Leamington
Ecole elementaire catholique Sainte-Trinite Rockland
Ruthven Public School Ruthven
Seaforth Public School Seaforth
Holy Name of Mary School St. Marys
Ecole Saint-Dominique Sudbury
Ogden Community School Thunder Bay
Ecole elementaire Felix-Leclerc Toronto
Transfiguration of our Lord Catholic School Toronto
Holy Family Catholic School Toronto
Cornell Junior Public School Toronto
Churchill Heights Public School Toronto
Ecole elementaire publique Cite-Jeunesse Trenton

Improvement in Academics
Winner St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School Toronto
First Runner-up St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Waterdown
Elementary School
Second Runner-up Notre Dame Catholic School Orillia

Schools of Distinction
St. Francis de Sales Catholic School Ajax
Holy Name of Mary Catholic School Almonte
John XXIII Catholic School Arnprior
St. Elizabeth Catholic Elementary School Cambridge
St. Peter's School Cornwall
Colchester North Public School Essex
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Elementary School Georgetown
King George Public School Hamilton
Longue Sault Public School Long Sault
Monsignor Castex Catholic School Midland
Corpus Christi School Mississauga
St. Therese of the Child Jesus Elementary School Mississauga
Ecole elementaire catholique Terre-des-Jeunes Ottawa
Oxford on Rideau Public School Oxford Mills
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School Petawawa
Duncan J Schoular Public School Smith Falls
Bayview Glen Public School Thornhill
Blessed Margherita of Citta di Castello Catholic School Toronto
Rippleton Public School Toronto
Walkerton Public School Walkerton
Holy Name Catholic School Welland
Winchester Public School Winchester
St. Peter Catholic School Woodbridge

Overall Academic Achievement
Winner Seneca Hill Public School Toronto
First Runner-up Denlow Public School Toronto
Second Runner-up St. Justin Martyr Catholic Unionville
Elementary School

Schools of Distinction
Katimavik Elementary School Kanata
St Jude Catholic School London
St Patrick Catholic Elementary School Markham
Roy H Crosby Public School Markham
Coledale Public School Markham
Sts Martha & Mary Catholic Elementary School Mississauga
Vista Heights Public School Mississauga
Credit Valley Public School Mississauga
Ecole elementaire catholique L'Etoile-de-l'Est Orleans
Pleasantville Public School Richmond Hill
Bayview Glen Public School Thornhill
St. Henry Catholic School Toronto
Prince of Peace Catholic School Toronto
St Pius X Catholic School Toronto
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School Toronto
St. Clement Catholic Elementary School Toronto
Kennedy Public School Toronto
Arbor Glen Public School Toronto
Blythwood Junior Public School Toronto
Harrison Public School Toronto
Cornell Junior Public School Toronto
Deer Park Junior and Senior School Toronto
William Berczy Public School Unionville
Ecole Bellewood Public School Windsor
St. Angela Merici Catholic School Woodbridge
St. Agnes of Assisi Catholic Elementary School Woodbridge

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