Best schools (in BC, AB, ON and PQ)

Based on the 2015 Best Places to Live rankings



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Best schools (Getty Images/Maskot)

Best schools (Getty Images/Maskot)

If your family is looking to move based on the MoneySense 2015 Canada’s Best Places to Live Rankings then you may want to consider the best schools in the top cities in four Canadian provinces.

The school ratings are based on the Fraser Report rankings. While I do understand the drawbacks—the testing, itself, may be flawed and the Fraser Institute is now focusing on more private and independent schools then ranking public and Catholic schools. Still, I think the rankings are a great starting point for parents who want to buy a home in a good school district.

The Fraser Institute only ranks schools in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, so I’ve only been able to provide a list for these provinces.

Based on the Best Places to Live rankings, I’ve taken the top five cities for each of the provinces listed above and listed all schools that ranked average or above. The delineation between below average and above average was determined by the Fraser Institute. But in a nutshell any school that ranked a 6.0 or above was included on my list, as a score of 6.0 is average.

For the Alberta elementary school list click here.

For the Alberta secondary school list click here.

For the B.C. elementary school list click here.

For the B.C. secondary school list click here.

For the Ontario elementary school list click here.

For the Ontario secondary school list click here.

For the Quebec ecoles secondaires list click here.

For the top five elementary and secondary schools in the Best Places to Raise Kids list go here. Read more from Romana King at Home Owner on Facebook »

2 comments on “Best schools (in BC, AB, ON and PQ)

  1. Selecting a school for your child using the Fraser Institute’s rankings is like choosing a used car on the basis of checking the oil level by glancing at the dipstick and concluding that the vehicle is mechanically sound. The standardized test results on which the rankings are based are badly flawed, and address only a few of the indicators that identify the quality of a school.


    • Absolutely Brent. Absolutely. A point I make at the start of the main article. The standardized testings are flawed. But as a parent, I need to start somewhere. As a writer, I would’ve gladly used the equivalent of EQAO scores (Ontario scores for standardized tests) rather then the Fraser report, but there is no easy way to compile this type of information. In fact, in BC, you have to click on the per school, per year, per test. So one school could require 10 to 60 reports, depending on how far back you want to go. I’d love to see a better way to measure performance.


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