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The Fraser Institute

May 04, 2013 08:32 ET

Fraser Institute's Alberta High School Rankings Show Academic Improvement at 22 Schools

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - May 4, 2013) - Twenty-two Alberta high schools, including 12 public schools and nine schools in Calgary, have seen their academic performance improve over the past five years, according to the Fraser Institute's annual school rankings.

The list of improving high schools also includes one charter school, one private school, and eight separate schools across the province. The complete list follows.

"Our report card consistently shows that school improvement is occurring all over Alberta, from High Prairie in the north to Lethbridge in the south and everywhere in between," said Peter Cowley, Fraser Institute director of school performance studies.

"The rankings suggest that any school can improve, regardless of the challenges its students face. Only the Fraser Institute's report card ensures that school success stories like these become widely known."

The Report Card on Alberta's High Schools 2013 rates 279 public, private, separate, and charter schools based on eight academic indicators derived from grade-12 diploma exam results as well as graduation and grade-to-grade transition rates.

The report card also includes important information about each school's make-up, including parents' average income, the percentage of ESL students, and the percentage of special needs students.

School results will be published in the Calgary Herald and the Edmonton Sun. The complete results for 279 high schools will also be available at www.compareschoolrankings.org, where visitors can compare school results on a variety of academic indicators and ratings.

Of the 22 Alberta high schools showing significant academic improvement, five are public schools where the parental income is below average. At one of those schools, special needs students account for nearly 20 per cent of school enrolment; at another, more than a quarter of the students are ESL learners.

"Principals and teachers who have not yet found ways to improve might profit from talking to the staff at these schools," Cowley said.

Improving Alberta High Schools (in order of improvement, fastest at top)

  • Bassano (Public), Bassano
  • E. W. Pratt (Public), High Prairie
  • St. Augustine (Separate), Ponoka
  • Rundle College Academy (Private), Calgary
  • Glenmary (Separate), Peace River
  • F. P. Walshe (Public), Fort Macleod
  • National Sport (Public), Calgary
  • Crescent Heights (Public), Calgary
  • McCoy (Separate), Medicine Hat
  • Three Hills (Public), Three Hills
  • Notre Dame (Separate), Calgary
  • Beaumont (Public), Beaumont
  • Hunting Hills (Public), Red Deer
  • Holy Trinity (Separate), Edmonton
  • Westmount (Charter), Calgary
  • Holy Trinity Academy (Separate), Okotoks
  • Catholic Central (Separate), Lethbridge
  • Browness (Public), Calgary
  • Strathcona Christian (Public), Sherwood Park
  • Centennial (Public), Calgary
  • Bishop O'Byrne (Separate), Calgary
  • Springbank (Public), Calgary

Peter Cowley, co-author of the report card, will be in Calgary and available for media interviews on Saturday and available by phone only on Sunday.

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