Six Toronto elementary schools have been given top marks in an annual report on Ontario schools.

The Fraser Institute’s annual elementary school report ranked 3,030 public, Catholic, private and francophone Ontario elementary schools and assigned a perfect score to a total of 16, including 12 in the Greater Toronto Area and six in the city itself.

The Toronto schools to receive a perfect 10 include Hillmount Public School, Arbor Glen Public School, Seneca Hill Public School, St Michael's Choir Junior School, Cottingham Junior Public School and Sathya Sai School.

Other schools to be given top marks include William Berczy Public School and St. Justin Martyr Catholic Elementary School in Unionville, Edward Johnson Public School in Guelph, Our Lady of the Assumption Separate School in Stoney Creek, Silver Stream Public School and Christ the King Catholic Elementary School in Richmond Hill, Khalsa Community School in Brampton, Khalsa School Malton in Mississauga and Our Lady of Fatima School in Courtland.

Income level doesn’t determine quality of education

The rankings were largely based on provincial test scores in reading, writing and math in Grades 3 and 6 but also took into account external factors, such as parental income and the percentage of students for whom English is their second language.

Though income is often cited as a major determinant in quality of education, the report concluded that its importance is oversold, pointing to Toronto’s C.D. Farquharson Junior Public School as proof.

The school on Brimley Road near Sheppard Avenue had an average combined parental income of $36,300, but was given a score of 8.4 out of 10.

“Whatever a school’s student make-up, whether there are lots of ESL or special needs kids, or the students come from families of modest means, schools can always improve student academic performance and perform very well,” Fraser Institute Director of School Performance Studies Peter Cowley said in a press release.

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