VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Fraser Institute has released its yearly “report card” ranking BC elementary schools, with private schools making up most of the list.
The highest ranking public elementary schools were Ridgeview and Gleneagles, both in West Vancouver, placing 23rd and 35th respectively.
Peter Cowley with the organization admits the rankings aren’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to selecting the best school for your child. “Every parent has a child who has individual needs and individual capacities and so choosing a school would not be something you’d ever want to do on the basis of a single measure, whatever that measure was.”
“As is usually the case, the very highest performing schools are private schools and in fact the very top of the top are all in the Lower Mainland. Crofton House. St Georges, Vancouver College, West Point Grey and York House have a very distinguished record,” he explains.
“In fact the private schools have done very well this year as they have in the past, taking 80 out of the 100 spots in the ranking, however having said that, there is lots of evidence of high performing public schools as well. In West Vancouver the public schools got a rousing 9.2 overall average rating.”
He says the institute will release its high school rankings in June.
The BC Teachers’ Federation responded via Twitter.