Best schools in Ontario in 2016

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Want to know the best rated schools based on average test scores for basic academic skills? Here are the top five schools in the top five cities in Ontario, as ranked in our Best Places to Live 2016 report.

Keep in mind that this is a ranking based on an “overall rating out of 10.” Any rating above 6.0 is considered above average, based on the methodology created by the Fraser Institute. Any school with a rating of 6.0 or more is teaching the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic in an above-average manner, based on standardized tests of those basic skills.


Best Places 2016 ranking Best Places 2015 rank City Top 5 Elementary Schools RATING (Last 5 years) RATING (Most recent year) Top 5 Secondary Schools RATING (Last 5 years) RATING (Most recent year)
No. 1 No. 2 Ottawa Ahlul Bayt Islamic n/a 8.9 Glebe 7.2 8.6
Abraar n/a 8.6 De La Salle 8 8.3
Hopewell Avenue 8.4 8.5 Samuel-Genest 7.1 7.1
St. George 8.1 8.5 Franco-Cite 6.4 6.4
Sainte-Kateri n/a 8.5 Immaculata 6.1 6.1
No. 2 No. 3 Burlington Our Lady of Fatima 7.8 8.4 Corpus Christi 8.1 8.1
St Raphaels 7.9 8.3 Nelson 8.2 8.2
Canadian Martyrs 8.6 8.2 Assumption 7.5 7.5
St. Anne n/a 8.2 Aldershot 7.4 7.4
Charles R. Beaudoin 8.4 8.1 Notre Dame 7.8 7.8
No. 3 No. 6 Oakville E J James n/a 9.7 Oakville Trafalgar 8.9 9.1
Munns 8.7 9.1 Abbey Park 8.8 9
St. Matthew's 8.4 8.8 Iroquois Ridge 8.6 8.9
James W. Hill n/a 8.7 White Oaks 8.1 8.3
St Andrew 8.5 8.4 Garth Webb n/a 8.1
No. 10 No. 16 Waterloo Our Lady of Lourdes n/a 9.2 Sir John A Macdonald 7.7 8
St Nicholas 8 8.2 Bluevale 7.7 7.5
Laurelwood 8.6 8.1 St David 6.7 7.5
Abraham Erb 7.3 8 Waterloo 7.3 7.4
Lexington 7.3 8 -- --
No. 15 No. 7 Stratford Jeanne Sauve 7.3 7.5 Stratford Central 8.2 7.4
St Aloysius 8 7.3 St Michael 6.7 6.3
North Easthope n/a 7 Stratford Northwestern 5.4 4.8
Avon 5.7 6.8 -- -- --
Bedford 6.8 6.7 -- -- --

n/a = Insufficient data
— = No other entries 

To help you narrow your search, here’s how the schools in the our Best Places to Live ranking did:

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Best schools based on the Best Places to Raise Kids list 2016

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