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2014-03-02 at 09:42

St. Ignatius tops

St. Ignatius students are seen here in 2012 at a lunch market at the Thunder Bay school.
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St. Ignatius students are seen here in 2012 at a lunch market at the Thunder Bay school.
By Leith Dunick, tbnewswatch.com

St. Ignatius is the city’s best high school, according to results released Sunday by right-wing think tank The Fraser Institute.

The school scored a 7.5 out of 10 on the annual rankings of Ontario’s secondary schools, tied for 133rd in the province.

No other school finished in the top 300 of 740 rated.

Hammarskjold High School was No. 2 in the local school list, with a 6.6 rating, good for 301st. Sir Winston Churchill was third at 6.3 (355th), while St. Patrick (6.2) and Westgate (5.4) rounded out the top five. Superior Collegiate, the newest high school in the city, also checked in at 5.4, while La Verendrye, the city’s French-language school, had a 3.0, leaving them in 698th place.

Kenora’s St. Thomas Aquinas High School was the top school in the region with a 7.6 score, 122nd in the province. The Northwestern Ontario community’s Beaver Brae High School earned a 4.1.

Dryden High School was 559th at 5.0, a tenth of a point behind Manitouwadge High School. Fort Frances, at 4.6, was 602nd.
Terrace Bay’s Lake Superior High School had a 3.6 score, 676th in the province.

The rankings are based on date from annual province-wide literacy and math tests under the auspices of Ontario’s Education Quality and Accountability Office.

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Curious says:
Shame on The Fraser Institute! no school or child should be compared to the next! No system - Catholic, Public, Christian or any other school should be compared to one another. What is this world coming to, people are no longer accepted for who they are.
3/3/2014 8:15:19 PM
rnh122 says:
Congratulations to the students, teachers and parents of St. Ignatius. Well done! However, it’s interesting and got me thinking how the individual rankings relate to other activities in the school. I have kids in Superior and while they are happy and like the school, undesirable results in sports and academics have plagued the school since it opened. Why? There are also problems with bullying and student/teacher relations just to name a few others. Why does this happen to certain schools repeatedly? Demographics? Leadership? Family values?
3/3/2014 1:28:31 PM
tbnwo says:
Socioeconomic factors are at play here. We have created a dual school system in this province in which all students are not treated equally. The only thing that this report proves is that too much money is wasted on duplicity and it is time to put all children first - one school board for all.
3/3/2014 8:56:35 AM
CM Punk says:
Rankings are meaningless.
That is like saying the best team overall in the regular season would always win the championship in their respective league.
Not the case.
Read some real articles like the upcoming matches planned for Wrestle Mania XXX.
3/3/2014 8:55:25 AM
Sawmillsteve says:
Hamm second....WOW! With all the parking lot parties and the pot problem hard to believe . Maybe some teachers that actually care about the severe problem they have there would improve things.
3/3/2014 8:08:03 AM
Tbnwo says:
Of course, sawmillsteve....this ONLY happens at public high schools....yawn
3/4/2014 8:32:35 AM
Ranma says:
Yes let's congratulate a system where if you are not a catholic, oh well you can't work for this school board. Let's congratulate a system where most of the students come from better off families. Let's congratulate a system where the rich continue to have have better schooling than the poor.

If you look at the numbers, the schools with better off families obviously have kids with better grades because the kids themselves have a more stable environment, and are not struggling to eat or sleep.

All this proves is that poor kids need more financial assistance. But yes..let's make it about religion instead!
3/3/2014 7:57:50 AM
mystified says:
Why is the comment I submitted yesterday not posted?

3/3/2014 7:49:25 AM
musicferret says:

Higher average income of the parents = higher marks by the students.

Thats why St. Pats is low on the list. Its also why Hammarskjold is higher on the public board side.
This ranking is a joke.
3/2/2014 11:41:56 PM
nvjgu says:
Unheard, there's a period after a sentence.
3/2/2014 11:20:58 PM
j_northey says:
I would love it if the Frasor Institute would actually apply some statistical standards to their rankings instead of using basic data. Mix in what the average income is per family (major factor according to every study done on the issue), factor in if there are a lot of English as a Second Language students, how many special needs students there are, how many kids are bussed in from a significant distance (Superior has a ton of students coming in from outside of town which affects extra curricular, parent/teacher contact, etc.). Mix in a few of those factors and it would be interesting to see how the standings change. Maybe many would be the same, but I suspect a few would shift significantly.
3/2/2014 10:30:42 PM
fan says:
j_northey, you are right on! Statistical data do generate a much better informed result. The Fraser Institute bases its results only on the once a year EQAO data while the CD Howe Institute yearly ranking is based on all the factors you identified, and more. The CD Howe report is informative and relevant. Fraser Institute, tells the public what we already know.
3/3/2014 7:41:33 AM
S Duncan says:
Congratulations to the students, school and Catholic School Board. You continue to excel in your academic pursuits!

Also congratulations to you and your daughter nvgju.
3/2/2014 12:55:33 PM
sd says:
Yes the catholic system is SOOO superior to the public system. That is why they have St. Pats which finished in the bottom half of the rankings and even St. Ignatius wasn't in the top 100 in the province. It is also recommended that you read another article currently on this site regarding sexual abuse by a CATHOLIC priest.
I agree that it is a good system but open your eyes, it is no where near as perfect or as superior as you seem to believe.
3/2/2014 7:07:47 PM
Theangryone says:
Hey SD! How in GOD'S name does a catholic priest "accused" of inappropriate behaviour HAVE anything to do with this article? Stick to the facts. The Catholic system is superior in this city while the public system is SECOND. Enough said.
3/2/2014 8:43:07 PM
mystified says:
No system is superior. It is the students who strive for their career goals are the ones that make the system look good.
Take a look back in history and you will see the Catholic system was no better than a concentration camp when they ran the residential schooling.
3/3/2014 11:22:11 AM
S Duncan says:
Why so much hate? It must be exhausting harbouring all that disdain for our young future.

I believe if you moved your heart past all those terrible feelings and hatred you too might rise above such evil and stop making excuses for your shortcomings.

These students, school and faculty have continued to excel in their academic achievements year after year. They have put in the efforts it takes to focus on their goals of success. Instead of making excuses they have put their best foot forward and met their challenges well versed and well prepared which allowed them to win these high accolades.

Perhaps if more people spent time trying to improve themselves and their abilities rather than make excuses and attempt to discredit others they too might enjoy the rewards that success brings?

So suck it up buttercup. Hit the books and try to better. You will never achieve greatness by trying to tear down others, you must bring yourself up to a higher level.

just like these kids did.
3/3/2014 12:07:54 PM
sd says:
There is no hate in my comment, I simply stated that one system is not as superior as you seem to believe. Do not call me buttercup. Do not tell me to suck it up. I do not need to hit the books and better myself. I have hit the books extremely hard in my lifetime and have become very successful despite coming out of the inferior public education system. I am not trying to achieve greatness by tearing anyone down. You should look at the majority of your anti everything comments full of hatred towards almost everything. I think it is great that a Catholic school topped the list and simply pointed out the facts that they have a lot of room for improvement and that another Catholic school finished no where near as well as a number of public system schools. So do not attack me or my viewpoint, you are extremely hypocritical.
You want to talk about something being exhausting harbouring so much disdain towards our young future, take a look at your viewpoints on politics and the event center.
3/3/2014 6:54:18 PM
Goodnice says:
He is obi lushly trolling, don't fall for it. Over and over he replies to someone outraged by his inflammatory comments with this why the hate? Response, it's clearly trolling and I don't know why he is allowed to post these things. Look over old posts on this site and see it again and again.
He just wants attention which is pretty weird for a grown person to be doing, it says a lot about that person's real life when they do stuff like that online.
3/4/2014 6:03:13 AM
nvjgu says:
It's not the school that did this. It's the parent's and especially the kid's that did this. Goes to show if you give a kid support and good family values/morals this is the end result. My daughter is 2nd Mcmaster comeing out of that high school. Your walking brains kid's keep it up.
3/2/2014 11:04:07 AM
unheard says:
My daughter is 2nd Mcmaster comeing out of that high school.
lol more time on english less on religion
3/2/2014 5:11:37 PM
tbnwo says:
Congratulations to your daughter....as well as the graduates from both the Catholic and Public systems who are continuing their studies at college and university. In the end, it has more to do with the individual achievement than what school you went to.
3/3/2014 9:25:56 AM
Eastender says:
Most of the credit goes to the parents and the students, but without good teachers, and a good system you would not get the same results.

Also, lets not judge other schools as being inadequate, in their abilities since not all students come from stable families and home life. Its not the fault of the school or the system, be it Catholic, or Public. Its the fault of the society that produced them.
3/3/2014 7:56:41 AM
smartguy83 says:
Say what you want about teachers and the systems. They have it easy when it comes to workload compared to some other professions but they have earned the right to be recognized for this as well.

Many teachers go far beyond their job requirements. Don't let the bad apples form your judgement.

The combination of great students, parents and a great system have them excelling.
3/3/2014 9:27:20 AM
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