• C.J. Maxwell

How does your school rank?


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Rigaud’s private school Collège Bourget is the best high school in the area according to the Fraser Institute annual rankings.

The Fraser Institute research organization this week released its annual high school rankings list from across the country and while one area high school – Collège Bourget in Rigaud – scored near the top quarter of Quebec schools, its ranking is down from the previous five-year average and other ratings indicate there is room for improvement among our area’s secondary educational institutions.

The Fraser Institute is a public policy think tank and the high school rankings are based on results from province-wide tests in French, English, science, and mathematics from the 2017-2018 academic year as well as the previous five-year average. The overall ranking of 463 secondary schools in the province, including private, independent, and linguistic boards, shows a general improvement compared to last year’s report but 53 schools in Quebec have a declining performance.

Bourget – Rigaud

Private

Ranked 101 out of 463 schools. Down from the previous five-year average of 70 out of 420. The Fraser Institute ranking shows slight declines in Language of Instruction, Second Language, and History. There was an uptick in Sciences & Technology and Mathematics. Overall rating: 7.5/10

École secondaire du Chêne Bleu – Pincourt

Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs

Ranked 116 out of 463 schools similar to the previous five-year average. The school ranked higher recently in Language of Instruction, Second Language, Sciences & Technology, and Mathematics but dipped in History. Overall rating: 7.2/10

Westwood High School – Hudson

Lester B. Pearson School Board

Westwood ranked 167 out of 463, down slightly from the previous five-year average. There was a sharp dip in Language of Instruction, History and a slight dip in Second Language and Science & Technology. Mathematics showed an improvement from 2017. Overall rating: 6.5/10

École secondaire Cité-des-Jeunes – Vaudreuil-Dorion

Commission scolaire des Trois-Lacs

Cité-des-Jeunes ranked 265 out of 463 schools, down from the previous five-year average. There was a significant downward dip in Language of Instruction from 2016 and History but a steady increase in Second Language, Science & Technology, and Mathematics. Overall rating: 5.6/10

MacDonald High School – Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

Lester B. Pearson School Board

MacDonald High ranked 272 out of 463 schools, down from the previous five-year average. There was a slight dip in both Language of Instruction and Second Language with sharper declines in History and Science & Technology. Mathematics remained unchanged from 2017. Overall rating: 5.5/10.

While most of the area high schools are showing a rise in ratings after an up and down five-year average, both Collège Bourget in Rigaud and MacDonald High School in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue are showing a decrease in over five percentage points. Collège Bourget had the lowest rates of failure at around nine per cent and MacDonald High had the highest at 18 per cent.

To access the ranking database, go to quebec.compareschoolrankings.org/

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