The best high schools in North York (north of the 401) can be challenging to gauge. The way many parents do it is by planning to attend high schools that have very-good-to-excellent pass-rates on the EQAO test scores the Ontario government publishes every year for all publicly-funded schools in the province. Others simply rely on the SUSI Rankings to at least get a decent sense of what the best high schools in North York might be.
However, as Real Estate professionals who have a specialty in schools, we strongly feel that there is a problem with making a determination about the “best” high schools in North York based solely on EQAO pass-rates. These test scores only emanate from Grade 9 and Grade 10 students… some who have attended the high school for only half a year! We wonder: How can you make a correct overall assessment of a high school based on these results alone?? The answer is: You cannot, and you really should not.
What could be just as a determining of a factor are the programs or clubs offered by each secondary school. Programs & clubs have be seen to work very well in a secondary school to keep teenagers both focused and out of trouble, and we strongly recommend that these factors be considered.
However, what the EQAO pass-rates are likely telling us is what the level of education of the incoming student population is generally, and that has been a worthwhile concern for my clients, as well.
North York High School rankings have traditionally been “determined” by the Fraser Institute, but since their default rankings are only for the previous year, they can often be slightly misleading to concerned parents who seek consistency from a school. After all, if they are moving into a certain school district, more often than not they will be staying there for the duration of the child’s grade-school education.
This is part of the reason why we created the SUSI Rankings, which for high schools in North York involves heavy research into a school’s consistency in EQAO pass-rates over the years.
Keeping those thoughts in mind, here are the 2020 North York High School Rankings, as determined by our research:
THE BEST HIGH SCHOOLS IN NORTH YORK 2020 (north of the 401)
Ont avg = 1.000
|#1||William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate||9-12||1.126|
|#2||Earl Haig SS||9-12||1.116|
|#3||AY Jackson SS||9-12||1.109|
|#4||Northview Heights SS||9-12||1.033|
|#5||Sir John A Macdonald SS (SCAR)||9-12||1.027|
These are the top 5 public high schools in the North York area, and our ranking formula has determined this particular order. However, please note that every high school will have its deficiencies and faults, just as every one of them will have glories and inspirations.
On our website, we have school rankings for:
Mississauga and Brampton
Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown/Halton Hills and Hamilton
Etobicoke, Toronto, North York and Scarborough
Vaughan, Markham, Richmond Hill, and York Region North (including Aurora & Newmarket)
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