SCHOOLS – Nine of 10 elementary schools showing improvement were public, according to annual ranking

(Fraser Institute)

(Fraser Institute)

Independent elementary schools in B.C. continue to perform well above average but this year more than 90 per cent of all elementary schools in the province that showed significant improvement are public, according to the Fraser Institute’s annual ranking of B.C. elementary schools released today (Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017).

The average overall rating for B.C.’s independent elementary schools was eight out of 10, compared to 5.6 out of 10 for public schools in the “Report Card on British Columbia’s Elementary Schools 2017.”

St. Ann’s topped the list of Kamloops elementary schools with a rating of 8.8.

“Independent schools in the province continue to outperform their public school counterparts,” said Peter Cowley, director of School Performance Studies at the Fraser Institute.

But of the 61 schools that showed statistically significant improvement since 2012, 57 were public. Lloyd George rated at 7.9, with Pacific Way at 7.5 and McGowan Park, and Stuart Wood, which closed at the end of the 2015-16 school year, rated 7.4. All maintained previous levels or improved.

Kay Bingham had the lowest rating for Kamloops elementary school, with 4.0 out of 10.

“it is encouraging to see public schools across the province showing signs of improvement. Improving schools can show struggling schools how to help their students achieve better results,” said Cowley.

This year’s report ranked 956 public and independent elementary schools based on 10 academic indicators derived from the provincewide Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) results.

Here are the scores for Kamloops schools, with the first number being the rating for 2015-16, and the second the rating in the most recent five years.

St. Ann’s, 8.8/ 9.3

Lloyd George 7.9/ 7.9

Pacific Way, 7.5/ 7.0

McGowan Park 7.4/ 7.5

Stuart Wood, 7.4/ 6.6

Juniper ?Ridge, 7.3/ 7.2

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 7.2/ 7.0

Aberdeen, 7.2/ 6.9

Beattie 7.1/ 6.6

Dufferin, 6.7/ 6.1

Soth Sa-Hali, 6.6/ 7.0

Marion Schilling, 6.1/ 5.3

Westmount, 6.0/ 6.0

Robert L. Clemitson, 5.9/ 6.1

Arthur Stevenson, 5.8/ 5.9

Bert Edwards, 5.6/ 4.8

Rayleigh, 5.4/ 5.9

David Thompson, 5.3/ 5.5

A.E. Perry, 5.2/ 4.3

Parkcrest, 5.1/ 4.7

Summit, 4.9/ 6.0

Dalls, 4.9/ 5.6

Arthur Hatton, 4.4./ 5.1

Kay Bingham, 4.0/ 4.6

Four of Mission school district’s 11 ranked public schools enjoyed statistically significant improvement since 2011-12.

The second fastest improving school in the province was Mission’s Silverdale. Its overall rating moved upward every year since 2012, from 3.0 to 6.4 this year.

At Mary Jane Shannon Elementary in Surrey, despite ESL students making up 45.4 per cent of the students, its overall rating improved from 4.4 to 5.6 over the past four years.

For the complete results on all ranked schools, visit

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