Local High Schools Score Well In Fraser Report Rankings

Rural south Ottawa’s high schools are among the best in the province.

The local schools scored very well as the Fraser Institute released its annual rankings of Ontario secondary schools, allowing parents to compare the academic performance of schools across the province.

“Our Report Cards offer parents information they can’t easily get anywhere else, about how their child’s school performs and how it compares to other schools in Ontario,” said Peter Cowley, a Fraser Institute senior fellow.

This year, the Report Card on Ontario’s Secondary Schools ranks 689 public, Catholic, and independent schools based on eight academic indicators derived from provincewide test results.

For example, Englehart, a public school in Northeast Ontario, is one of the fastest-improving high schools in the province, rising from a score of 2.2 out of 10 in 2016 to 6.5 in 2022.

Likewise, Toronto Ouest, a French public school in Toronto, is one of the fastest-improving school (rising from 4.9 in 2016 to 8.5), even though 13.7 per cent students have special needs.

Local high schools finished as follows:

  • St. Mark Catholic High School had a score of 8 out of 10 and finished ranked 66th out of 689 schools.
  • St. Francis Xavier Catholic High School in Riverside South both scored 7.8 to place 87th.
  • South Carleton High School and Paul-Desmarais both had a score of 7.6 to rank tied for 120th.
  • Sacred Heart High School had a score of 7.5 to rank 138th.
  • Osgoode High Sschool had a score of 7.0 to rank 210th.
  • John McCrae Secondary School scored 7.9 to finish 77th.
  • Pierre-Savard scored 7.1 to finish 194th

Ahlul Bayt Islamic School on Albion Road in Gloucester was named the top elementary school in the province out of 2,975 schools ranked. Here is how local elementary schools ranked:

  • St. Leonard scored 8.3 and ranked 231st out of 2,975 schools.
  • Castor Valley Elementary School scored 7.9 to rank 402nd.
  • École élémentaire publique Michaëlle-Jean scored 7.6 to place 532nd.
  • Osgoode Public School scored 7.1 to rank 797th.
  • École élémentaire catholique Saint-Jean-Paul II scored 6.7 to rank 1,094th.
  • École élémentaire catholique Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau scored 6.4 to place 1,303rd.
  • St. Philip scored 6.2 and ranked 1,439th
  • Kars on the Rideau scored 5.4 to finish 1,935th.

Contrary to common misconceptions, the data suggest every school can improve regardless of type, location, and student characteristics.

“It doesn’t matter where a school is ranked, or what challenges its students may face. The evidence is clear—all types of schools, located all over the province with different types of students, are all capable of improvement,” Cowley said.

For the complete results on all ranked schools and to compare the performance of different schools, visit