Top Burnaby schools are independent; Mountain top Burnaby public school

St. Thomas More Collegiate took top spot among Burnaby secondary schools in the Fraser Institute's annual rankings released Monday.

The independent Catholic school was ranked 21st out of 274 high schools in British Columbia and the Yukon, scoring 8.3 out of 10.

Carver Christian High School, another independent, was the second-highest-ranked Burnaby school in 37th place with a score of 7.6.

The top-ranked public high school in the city was Burnaby Mountain secondary, which placed 87th, with a score of 6.7.

The Fraser Institute, a right-wing think tank, produces the rankings using data including provincial exam results and graduation rates from the 2009-2010 school year.

This year's "report card" shows a reduction in the percentage of high school exams failed in B.C. and the Yukon over the past five years, 8.1 per cent in 2010 compared to 11.9 per cent in 2006.

The estimated percentage of grade 10 students who will not complete grade 12 within three years has also dropped significantly, falling to 17 per cent in 2010 from 22 per cent in 2006.

"This is promising for B.C. and Yukon schools," said Peter Cowley, the Fraser Institute's director of school performance studies and co-author of the report, in a press release.

"But there is still room for academic improvement across the region. Our report card makes it easy for anybody to identify the areas in which individual schools most need to improve to provide their students with the best possible education."

The seven remaining Burnaby secondary schools are all run by the public Burnaby school district.

Burnaby North secondary came in at 119th place, with a score of 6.7, Moscrop secondary's score of 6.2 put it in 129th spot and Cariboo Hill placed 135th with a score of 6.1. Burnaby Central scored 6.0 for 141st spot, Burnaby South was ranked 182nd with a 5.4 score, Byrne Creek scored 4.6 for 227th spot and Alpha took 245th place with a 4.3 score.

Generally, the provincial average is a score of 6.

The report card takes into account how a school fared compared to a predicted score based on the parents' average income. It also lists factors such as the percentage of English-as-a-second-language students, which ranged from zero for both of the two Burnaby independents, Carver Christian and St. Thomas More, to a high of 16.1 per cent at Byrne Creek.

The rankings are available at

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