Best schools in Canada’s Best Places to Raise Kids

We’ve cross-referenced the data to help you find the best schools in the best cities for kids



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Is your family is considering a move? You may want to consider the best elementary and secondary schools based on our Canada’s Best Places to Raise Kids list.

We’ve cross-referenced the Best Places to Raise Kids rankings with the Fraser Report  school rankings to give you an easy-to-read list of the best elementary and secondary schools in the top cities to raise kids.

Best Places to Live for Kids Rank City, Province Ranking in Best Places to Live City & Ranking Top 5 Elementary Schools RATING (most recent year) Top 5 Secondary Schools RATING (most recent year)
1 St. Albert, Alta. No. 4 JJ Nearing 8.9 Ste Marguerite d’Youville 10
Muriel Martin 8.6 St. Albert 7.3
Sir Alexander Mackenzie 8.5 Paul Kane 7.1
Neil M. Ross 8.5 Bellerose 5
Ronald Harvey 8.5 n/a
2 Burlington, Ont. No. 3 Our Lady of Fatima 8.4 Lester B. Pearson 8.4
St. Raphaels 8.3 Corpus Christi 8.1
Canadian Matyrs 8.2 Aldershot 8
St. Anne 8.2 Nelson 7.9
Charles R. Beaudoin 8.1 Notre Dame 7.8
3 Calgary, Alta. No. 19 Rundle College 10 Rundle College 10
Webber 10 Webber 10
West Island College 9.9 West Island College 9.9
St. Winston Churchill 9.4 St. Winston Churchill 9.4
Springbank 9.2 Springbank 9.2
4 Oakville, Ont. No. 6 E J James 9.7 Abbey Park 9.1
Munns 9.1 Oakville Trafalgar 8.9
St. Matthew’s 8.8 Iroquois Ridge 8.6
James W. Hill 8.7 White Oaks 8.2
St. Andrew 8.4 Thomas A Blakelock 7.9
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6 Blainville, Que. No. 5 n/a Lucille-Teasdale 4.6
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7 Ottawa, Ont. No. 2 Ahlul Bayt Islamic 8.9 Minto 10
Abraar 8.6 Lisgar 8.6
Hopewell Avenue 8.5 De La Salle 8.6
St. George 8.5 Nepean 7.9
Sainte-Kateri 8.5 Glebe 7.7
8 Milton, Ont. No. 57 Guardian Angels 7.1 Bishop Paul Francis Reding 8.5
Our Lady of Victory 7.1 Milton 7.6
P.L. Robertson 7.1 Craig Kielburger 7.2
Anne J. MacArthur 6.9 Jean Vanier 6.8
Irma Coulson 6.9 n/a
9 Halton Hills, Ont. No. 21 Holy Cross 7.1 n/a
du Sacre-Coeur 6.6 n/a
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10 Spruce Grove, Alta. No. 96 Graminia 7.4 St. Thomas Aquinos 7.6
Living Waters 6.4 Spruce Grove 6.6
Broxton Park 4.3 n/a
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5 comments on “Best schools in Canada’s Best Places to Raise Kids

  1. These are not rankings of the best schools. These are rankings of schools who are successful at teaching standardized test taking, which is totally meaningless for people who are concerned about students participating in a system that includes the ability to ask questions and think critically.


  2. Interesting! Our lady Fatima is in milton though, not burlington.


    • There is more than one Our Lady Fatima — one in Milton, one in Burlington.


  3. Would love to know the criteria the Fraser Institute based this ranking on. A family’s decision on where to live and send kids to school is very important, but cannot be based on these ranking as reported here. Thanks.

    PS. the listings for elementary and secondary schools for Calgary are duplicate/the same schools.


  4. Best place to raise kids is Montreal – fantastic, vibrant, bilingual, cheap, safe, with the best schools in Canada. Jenn-de-Brebeuf is top ranked here in Montreal – and I would be super surprised if it is not the top in Canada.


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