Oakville Halton District School Rankings – Fraser Institute

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Two of the most frequently asked questions that we get are:

Q.) what is the best high school in Oakville, Ontario?

A.) Abbey Park and Iroquois Ridge High Schools are tied for top spot

Q.) what is the best elementary school in Oakville?

A.) St. Mildred’s – Lightbourn and Al Falah Islamic are tied for the number 1 spot.

There are, however, many other highly rated schools in Oakville.

On this page we are utilizing data from The Fraser Institute, who, using certain methodologies, measure elementary, middle, and high school academic performance for Ontario, and other parts of Canada.

The Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario Schools provides Oakville parents an idea of where their children’s school ranks against the rest.

The Report was most recently updated for high schools in 2019, and for elementary schools in early 2020.

It ranks all schools in Ontario based on their results in the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) standardized tests. A score out of 10 is given and compared to previous years’ scores as well as previous years’ rankings.

Note: testing results were paused when the Covid-19 pandemic hit in 2020. We will update as soon as more recent data becomes available.

“Of course this would only be one source of information for parents,” said Peter Cowley, Director of School Performance Studies for the Fraser Institute and co-author of the report.

“This report card says nothing about fine arts, athletics, french immersion, or how schools develop leadership and citizenship amongst their kids. This will tell parents how students are doing in areas of basic skills in which the province tests them.”

The Oakville school rankings also allow parents to monitor any significant trends for increases or decreases in the test scores, Cowley said.

Despite caution from many observers that the Report is only a single measure of any school’s effectiveness, parents can nevertheless gain some insight as to the academic credentials of Oakville’s schools, and how they measure up against each other.

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Oakville High School Rankings

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High school ranking results at this time are based on the 2018-2019 EQAO results.

First column on the left is the rank of each school against the entire Province of Ontario’s seven hundred and thirty-nine secondary schools. 

From this chart, you can see that Abbey Park High School in the Glen Abbey neighbourhood and Iroquois Ridge High School in northeast Oakville are tied for top spot in the city, and coming in tied for number #10 spot in the province.

Both are among the highest ranked schools in all of Ontario. We can definitely say that Abbey Park and Iroquois Ridge are both contenders for the title of  best high school in Oakville.

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Provincial RankSchoolRating
10Abbey Park8.9
10Iroquois Ridge8.9
12St Mildred's8.8
21Oakville Trafalgar 8.6
21White Oaks8.6
27Garth Webb8.5
72St Ignatius of Loyola7.9
95Ste Trinité7.7
130Gaetan Gervais7.5
163T.A. Blakelock7.3
209Holy Trinity7.1
310St Thomas Aquinas6.6

Oakville Elementary School Rankings

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St. Mildred’s – Lightbourn School

The Fraser Institute’s most recent findings on elementary and middle school ratings were released in January, 2020, and are based on 2018/2019 grade 3 and grade 6 EQAO results.

When test results between schools ended in a rating tie, school rank is shown as an equal rank (left column). Some schools are not listed due to not offering both grades 3 & 6.

The following list is a combination of Oakville public school rankings, and separate (Catholic) school rankings.

Certain private school rankings are not available due to lack of participation in the EQAO tests. The exclusion of a school should in no way be construed as a judgement of the school’s effectiveness.

Two schools are tied for top elementary school in Oakville: St. Mildred’s – Lightbourn, which is an exclusive private all-girls school, and Al Falah Islamic, a relative newcomer to the area that offers Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 studies within an Islamic context for both girls and boys.

Each school has a perfect 10 score, and both St. Mildred’s and Al Falah also score at the top rank of all schools in the Greater Toronto Area.

The two schools are ranked as the two best elementary school in Ontario, tied at number one out of 3,037 elementary schools. 

The Fraser Institute ranks St. Mildred’s as both an elementary school and a secondary school, as they provide a full schooling curriculum from pre-school and junior kindergarten, all the way through to Grade 12 inclusive.

Provincial RankSchoolRating
1St. Mildred's-Lightbourn10.0
1Al Falah Islamic10.0
46St. Luke9.2
60Joshua Creek9.1
70Forest Trail9.0
83EJ James8.9
83Pilgrim Wood8.9
118James W. Hill8.7
131St Matthew8.6
203St Andrew8.3
228Heritage Glen8.2
228St Teresa of Calcutta8.2
301Pine Grove8.0
392Captain R Wilson7.8
392Maple Grove7.8
392New Central7.8
392St Marguerite d'Youville7.8
449Post's Corners7.7
449St Mary7.7
513Ecole elementaire Patricia Picknell7.6
513Ecole elementaire du Chene7.6
513Sainte Marie Oakville7.6
577West Oak7.5
688St John Paul II7.3
688WH Morden7.3
766River Oaks7.2
766St Bernadette7.2
766St Nicholas7.2
893St Gregory the Great7.0
978St Vincent6.9
1195Emily Carr6.6
1195St Michael6.6
1409Our Lady of Peace6.3
1467Viola Desmond6.2
1617Holy Family6.0
1683St Joan of Arc5.9
2041Abbey Lane5.3

Fraser Institute

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Private Schools in Oakville

*There are also a number of excellent independent schools which remain outside of the Fraser Institute’s ranking system:

  • Appleby College (grades 7-12)
  • Chisholm Academy (grades 7-12)
  • Clanmore Montessori School (toddler – grade 8)
  • Dearcroft Montessori School & West Wind Montessori Junior High (toddler – grade 8)
  • Fern Hill School (preschool – grade 8)
  • King’s Christian Collegiate (grades 9-12)
  • Linbrook School for Boys (kindergarten – grade 8)
  • MacLachlan College (pre-kindergarten – grade 12)
  • Oakville Christian School (preschool – grade 8)
  • Rotherglen School (preschool – grade 8)
  • Walden International School (preschool – grade 8)
  • Wildwood Academy (grade 2 – grade 8)

All are highly recommended

Oakville School directory

Oakville has long been blessed with excellent schools, and this fact is just another reason why living in Oakville is such a pleasure.

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Oakville School Rankings
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Oakville School Rankings
Elementary, middle, and high school rankings for Oakville, Ontario, as provided by the Fraser Institute, updated for 2019. See which public, Catholic, and private schools rank the best for academic excellence.
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