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And now for our latest Realosophy Top Ten - Toronto's Best "Alternative" or "Specialized" Elementary Schools. If you still suffer flashbacks of that rather grim day spent choosing between Mr. Grimes's shop class and Ms. Cleeney's home economics course, it may surprise (or infuriate) you to learn that many of Toronto's youngest students are already studying electronics and graphic design. ("I coulda been a contender!")
This week, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has updated the status of elementary schools, letting you know which schools are now accepting students from outside designated catchment areas. Among the most popular are those designated as "Alternative" or "Specialized." While the Board may be clear on these bureaucratic differentiators, the differences are hard to discern online (a quick look at any school's What Sets Us Apart webpage makes you hope they are not teaching any students marketing or "writing to explain.")
Kristen, the newest member of our intrepid Realosophy Analytics team, has chopped through the cyberjungle that is the interlinked websites of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), individual schools and the Ontario Ministry of Education to help you navigate. One rough distinction to keep in mind is that "Alternative" schools feature smaller class sizes and unique programs such as environmental awareness, while "Specialized" schools cater to students with a special interest in (and in some cases, a demonstrated talent for) particular fields such as arts or athletics.
As always, we strongly advise you to visit each individual school in order to 1) figure out what really sets them apart and 2) figure out if you can get in. (Phone numbers provided below.)
Best Toronto Elementary Schools - Alternative or Specialized
Understanding the Data
- The Province of Ontario's Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) scores (0-100%) indicate the number of students at or above the provincial standard in a subject.
- Covers all TDSB schools - the province does not report results for some schools which are excluded.
- Schools are ranked by Realosophy Overall Score. Overall Score represents average EQAO score for 6 tests written by elementary students in 2011-2012 (for elementary schools, these tests are Reading, Writing and Math at Gr. 3 and 6 levels).
- Note: the province does not report some test scores for some schools - these test scores are excluded.
- Note: While a school may be co-located with a mainstream school, it may operate on a completely separate basis.
- Type: Alternative (smaller classes and different approach to learning) or Specialized (focused on a particular field, e.g., Arts or Athletics)
- Status: Open (students outside catchment can request to attend), Closed (catchment only), Application (requires application and/or audition)
- Average House Price is for period of Jan to Aug 2012 (based on Toronto Real Estate Board TREB) data).
|1. Claude Watson School for the Arts
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Address: 130 Doris Avenue
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Avg. House Price: $564,972