Etobicoke School Rankings: Etobicoke’s Best Schools

Last updated on May 4, 2014 by Susi Kostyniuk

Etobicoke's Best SchoolsThe public school rankings in Etobicoke is a list that concerned parents seekout to determine what the “best” schools in Etobicoke are these days. However, the schools that accomplished the best EQAO pass-rates last year (how the Fraser Institute groups their rankings by default) is almost assuredly not the “best” school for your child. Not only does consistency have to be measured, but also the happiness the parent feels with their home!

As an experienced Realtor and the GTA’s most prominent school advisor, I can find you a house that you want in any of the great school districts in Oakville, Mississauga, Burlington, Milton, Brampton, Etobicoke, Vaughan, Richmond Hill or Markham. I know the great school districts in all of these areas (having done the school rankings myself) and know much about schooling itself.

There are currently 49 public elementary schools in Etobicoke, and I have ranked them all – including Norseman at #14, Sir Adam Beck at #24 and Dixon Grove at #31 – these are only the ones in the Top 10. Based on seven-year EQAO research, here are the 2013 SUSI Rankings for public schools in the city of Etobicoke:

1. Sunnylea Public School

Sunnylea PS is Number One in the Etobicoke school rankings, and is located in the neighbourhood of Stonegate-Queensway (Etobicoke South), in the community of Sunnylea. Being your Realtor, in December of 2012 I probably couldn’t show you ANY properties in this school district, unless you could afford the only two available ($1.6M-$2.0M).

Sunnylea is a small K-5 school, with only about 240 students attending. They get fantastic EQAO pass-rates, but that is to be expected in such a high-income area (that doesn’t take anything away from their success, however).

The bottom line is that if your budget is in the $2M range, then we should be looking for homes for you in the Sunnylea school district ASAP! There is a problem with low inventory, however.

2. St. George’s Public School

St. George’s PS is Number Two in the Etobicoke school rankings, and is located in the neighbourhood of Princess-Rosethorn (Etobicoke Central), in the community of Princess Gardens. Being your Realtor, in December of 2012 I would only show you homes in this district if your budget was over $1M. There were only 5 properties available, in the $950K-$2.7M range.

St. George’s is another small K-5 school, with only about 230 students attending. They also get fantastic EQAO pass-rates, and in recent years they have only come on stronger.

The bottom line is that if you have a budget over $1M, then the St. George’s school district is definitely an area we should be further investigating for you.

3. Lambton-Kingsway Public School

Lambton-Kingsway PS is Number Three in the Etobicoke school rankings, and is located in the neighbourhood of South Kingsway (Etobicoke South), in the community of Lambton Mills. In December of 2012 I could show you 6 detached homes worth $1.1M-$2.35M… BUT, I could ALSO find you THREE 2-Bedroom condominium apartments in the $360K-$425 range, too!

Lambton-Kingsway is one of the great, rich-neighbourhood school districts that you seemingly need money to get into, but there are hidden, lower-priced ways to get into there as well. It is a JK-8 school with fantastic EQAO pass-rates, and is very consistent, too.

The bottom line is that if your budget is low but you want a great school district in a rich neighbourhood, then perhaps I can find something for you in the Lambton-Kingsway school district.

4. Rosethorn Public School

Rosethorn PS is Number Four in the Etobicoke school rankings, and is located in the neighbourhood of Princess-Rosethorn (Etobicoke Central), in the community of Rosethorn. As your Realtor, I’d advise you that if your budget was in the $700K, then we should check this district to see if there’s anything here for you, because there might be.

In December of 2012, there were three detached homes available in the $650K-$800K range (as well as 12 more in the $1.2M-$2.2M range). Rosethorn is another small JK-5 school, with about 350 students enrolled. They also have a French Immersion program.

The bottom line is that your budget is only in the $700K range, then we can check this district out. If your budget is much higher, this district will be on our list as recommended for your family.

5. Humber Valley Village Public School

Humber Valley Village PS is Number Five in the Etobicoke school rankings, and is located in the neighbourhood of Edenbridge-Humber Valley (Etobicoke Central), in the Islingon/Rathburn area. In December of 2012, as your Realtor, I could have shown you 14 detached homes ($950K-$6.7M)and one fancy-schmancy townhome ($1M). However, I could have also shown you THREE 2-Bedroom condominium apartments in the $470K-$500K range, which would be a great starter situation for single-child families.

Humber Valley Village school district border two hoity-toity golf clubs, so you can imagine the income of the families in this area. The school is fabulous, though… I have great friends with two small girls in this school district, and I tell them that they MUST NOT move!

The bottom line is that this is one of the school districts I show to clients with million-plus budgets, but can also be a consideration for those with budgets of half that.

6. John D. Parker Public School

ATTENTION low-budget home-seekers!!! This is the school district you’ve been looking for!! John D. Parker PS is Number Six in the Etobicoke school rankings, and is located in the neighbourhood of Mount Olive (Etobicoke North), in the Kipling/Steeles area. In December of 2012, I could have shown you 2 detached homes priced at $430K and $550K, and also TWELVE 2-Bedroom condominuim apartments starting as low as $145K!!

With the amount of lower-income properties and rental apartments in the area, John D. Parker Public school should NOT be doing this well in the EQAO pass-rates. No way, no how. Yet still, here they are! They MUST be doing an absolutely stupendous job to consistently be posting the EQAO pass-rates that they do. I recommend this school 100% to anybody.

The bottom line is that, if all things were being equal, then John D. Parker would likely be the Number One ranked school in all of Etobicoke. If you’re on a budget and can handle living up in the Kipling/407 area, then this school district is definitely for you! It is truly a hidden gem.

7. Humberwood Downs Public School

ATTENTION low-budget 2- or 3-Bedroom condo-seekers!!! This is another school district you’ve been looking for!! Humberwood Downs PS is Number Seven in the Etobicoke school rankings, and is located in the neighbourhood of West Humber (Etobicoke North), in the Finch/427 area. In December of 2012, as your Realtor, I could have shown you 19 2-Bedroom condos ($240K-$330K) and TWO 3-Bedroom condos ($330K-$450K). Wow!

I might even recommend this school more than the one above since Humberwood Down PS is a JK-8 school, rather than a JK-5 school. (Many parents feel that longer continuity in the same school is important.) However, John D. Parker PS opens up Full-Day Kindergarten in 2013, whereas Humberwood Downs must wait until 2014 – that may be an important consideration for you.

The bottom line is this is another great opportunity for lower-income families to get their children into a great school district!

8. Wedgewood Public School

ATTENTION low-budget 2- or 3-Bedroom condo-seekers!!! Here is yet another option for you, beside a subway line! Wedgewood PS is Number Eight in the Etobicoke school rankings, and is located in the neighbourhood of Eatonville (Etobicoke South), in the Burnhamthorpe/Kipling area. In December of 2012, as your Realtor, we could have seen up to 28 2-Bedroom condos ($229K-$500K) and four 3-Bedroom condos ($265K-$665K).

This is also a good school district for those with more money, and still prefer taking the subway or GO Train to work. In December of 2012, I could have shown you 8 detached homes in the $575K-$800K range, or 5 detached homes in the $1.4M-$1.9M range.

Wedgewood PS is a JK-5 school that begins its full-day kindergarten program in 2013. Their reading EQAO pass-rates are average, but both their Writing and Math pass-rates are excellent and consistent.

The bottom line is that this is a school district that everyone can consider!

9. Millwood Public School

Millwood PS is Number Nine in the Etobicoke school rankings, and is located in the neighbourhood of Markland Wood (Etobicoke Central), in the Bloor/Renforth area. In December of 2012, as your Realtor, I could have shown you 3 detached homes ($695K-$2M) one townhome ($379K), and four 2-bedroom condos ($270K-$421).

Millwood is a JK-5 school with mostly consistent very good EQAO pass-rates, with just a couple of small aberrations. The Markland Wood neighbourhood also features the Number One-ranked Catholic school in Etobicoke.

The bottom line is that Millwood PS should be a consideration for a lot of families, although the inventory in the area is quite low.

10. Princess Margaret Public School

Princess Margaret PS is Number Ten in the Etobicoke school rankings, and is located in the neighbourhood of Princess Anne Manor (Etobicoke Central), in the Eglinton/Martin Grove area. In December of 2012, as your Realtor, I could have only shown you two townhomes (both $795K) and five detached homes ($539K-$1.3M).

Princess Margaret PS is a JK-5 school with about 360 students enrolled. They have been very consistent in their EQAO pass-rates over the last six years.

The bottom line is that, with low inventory, if a property came up in this district with your parameters (especially if one parameter was “being close to highway”) then we would consider this district, for sure.

These were only the Top 10 public elementary schools in Etobicoke, and I’d likely recommend most of them to you, depending on your situation. However, there are at least 5-10 other public elementary schools in Etobicoke that I can further recommend, too!

On my website, I have full rankings for Mississauga, and also school rankings for Burlington, Oakville, Milton, Brampton, Vaughan, Markham and Richmond Hill elsewhere on the site. I can find you a home in a great school district, because I do all the school research myself.

These rankings are based on my personal research derived from the last seven years of test scores and pass-rates coming from the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) of Ontario. My 7-year EQAO Rankings are the best rankings for parents looking to move into Etobicoke, as they reflect the consistency of performance.

What Does This Mean for YOU?

If you’re looking for a great school district for your family, it is essential that you have a real estate agent who knows schools to help you out. Real estate agents for buyers are free of charge. Promise you’ll buy with me and I’ll advise you not only on schools, but on everything else you need to know! And there are a TONNE of things you need to consider…

  • How far do you want to be from work? Do you need to be close to highways? To a GO station?
  • Do you need to have a community center nearby?
  • Is a townhouse right for you? Do know the difference between condominium and freehold?
  • Is the age of a home important to you?
  • The reputation real estate agents have is not favourable. It is more than often deserved, however. I have seen it first-hand and it is disgusting. Do you know if your agent is knowledgeable, honest and trustworthy?
  • When you find a home, does the furnace need replacing? Roof? Windows? Attic insulation? Is there mold?
  • Where do the airplanes fly? Will they fly over your home? Does this matter to you?
  • Is French Immersion an option for your family?

The trick for every home-seeker is to be armed with as much knowledge as possible so that you can make an informed decision in finding the best possible home in the best possible school district for your family.