Best Toronto Schools 2012

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It's school time at Realosophy Analytics! Our month-long feature looks at the special relationship between real estate and schools.

Today's post looks at the top elementary schools in Toronto as measured by the province's latest standardized EQAO scores.

While it's tempting to tape this school list to your goal wall/fridge/dreams and "make it so",  it's important to remember that EQAO scores only tell us so much about school quality. For one, standardized testing results tend to favour advantaged socioeconomic groups, which can make the results more about 'who' attends than 'what' is being taught.

Educators also stress that some school strengths - like special curriculums or educational philosophies - fall outside testing parameters. But interestingly, specialty schools are a strong presence on our list. This is likely due to admissions requirements (e.g., for arts schools) and smaller class sizes.

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The Data

  • Overall score (in the bright yellow circle) represents an average of the six EQAO tests written by students in 2010-11 (reading, writing and math at the Gr. 3 and Gr. 6 levels)
  • Covers all Toronto public schools (Note: some schools are too small to report EQAO results and are excluded)
  • 3 Year EQAO Increase represents an average of percentage points change from 2007-08 for all tests
  • Average house prices for the neighbourhood in 2011
  • 3 Year increase in house prices from 2008 to 2011

Next Up: Most Improved Toronto Schools 2012

 

1. Claude Watson School for the Arts

See all houses for sale near Claude Watson School for Arts School
100

Neighbourhood: Willowdale

Grades: 1-8
Enrollment: 325
Address: 130 Doris Avenue
Average EQAO Test Score: 100%
3 Year EQAO Score Improvement: 4%

Average House Price: $488,344
3 Year Increase in House Prices: 30%

ClaudeWatson
Browse detailed school scores and demographic data for Claude Watson

 

2. Hillmount Public School See all houses for sale in Hillmount Public School District
98

Neighbourhood: Don Valley Village

Grades: JK-6
Enrollment: 251
Address: 1245 McNicoll Ave
Average EQAO Test Score: 98%
3 Year EQAO Score Improvement: 4%

Average House Price:$437,023
3 Year Increase in House Prices: 18%

Hillmountpublicschool
Browse detailed school scores and demographic data for Hillmount Public School

 

3. St Michael's Choir (Jr) School See all houses for sale near St. Michael's Choir (Jr) School
98

Neighbourhood: Yonge-Dundas Square

Grades: 1-8
Enrollment: 179
Address: 66 Bond St    
Average EQAO Test Score: 98%
3 Year EQAO Score Improvement: 4%

Average House Price: $394,236
3 Year Increase in House Prices: 22%

Stmichaelschoir
Browse detailed school scores and demographic data for St Michael's Choir School

 

4. Cliffwood Public School See all houses for sale in Cliffwood Public School District
97

Neighbourhood: Don Valley Village

Grades: JK-6
Enrollment: 326
Address: 140 Cliffwood Rd
Average EQAO Test Score: 97%
3 Year EQAO Score Improvement: 11%

Average House Price: $437,023
3 Year Increase in House Prices: 18%

Cliffwood
Browse detailed school scores and demographic data for Cliffwood Public School

 

5. Courcelette Public School See all houses for sale in Courcelette Public School District
96

Neighbourhood: Birchcliff

Grades: JK-8
Enrollment: 265
Address: 100 Fallingbrook Rd
Average EQAO Test Score: 96%
3 Year EQAO Score Improvement: 8%

 
House Price Average: $512,437

3 Year Increase in House Prices: 11%

Courcelette
Browse detailed school scores and demographic data for Courcelette Public School

 

6. Cottingham Junior Public School See all houses for sale in Cottingham Junior Public School District
96

Neighbourhood: Summerhill

Grades: JK-6
Enrollment: 121
Address: 85 Birch Avenue
Average EQAO Test Score: 96%
3 Year EQAO Score Improvement: 1%

Average House Price: $1,023,072
3 Year Increase in House Prices: 9%

Cottingham
Browse detailed school scores and demographic data for Cottingham Junior Public School

 

7. Blythwood Junior Public School See all houses for sale in Blythwood Junior Public School District
94

Neighbourhood: Lawrence Park

Grades: JK-6
Enrollment: 320
Address: 2 Strathgoway Cres
Average EQAO Test Score: 94%
3 Year EQAO Score Improvement: 0%

Average House Price: $2,129,108
3 Year Increase in House Prices: 14%

Blythwood
Browse detailed school scores and demographic data for Blythwood Junior Public School

 

8. John Ross Robertson Junior Public School See all houses for sale in John Ross Robertson Junior Public School District
94

Neighbourhood: Lytton Park

Grades: JK-6
Enrollment: 561
Address: 130 Glengrove Avenue
Average EQAO Test Score: 94%
3 Year EQAO Score Improvement: 2%

Average House Price: $1,115,368
3 Year Increase in House Prices: 10%

JohnRossRobertson
Browse detailed school scores and demographic data for John Ross Robertson Junior Public School

 

9. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School See all houses for sale near Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School
94

Neighbourhood: Moore Park

Grades: JK-8
Enrollment: 317
Address: 1 1/2 Garfield Avenue
Average EQAO Test Score: 94%
3 Year EQAO Score Improvement: 1%

Average House Price: $1,522,254
3 Year Increase in House Prices: 11%

OurLady
Browse detailed school scores and demographic data for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic School

 

10. Avondale Alternative Elementary School See all houses for sale near Avondale Alternative Elementary School
94

Neighbourhood: Willowdale

Grades: JK-8
Enrollment: 113
Address: 171 Avondale Avenue
Average EQAO Test Score: 96%
3 Year EQAO Score Improvement: N/A

Average House Price: $488,344
3 Year Increase in House Prices: 30%

Avondale

Browse detailed school scores and demographic data for Avondale Alternative Elementary School

Urmi Desai is editor of the Move Smartly blog and is responsible for strategy and marketing at Realosophy Realty Inc. Brokerage. A leader in real estate analytics and pro-consumer advice, Realosophy helps clients buy or sell a home the right way. Email Urmi

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