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Gilpin top Burnaby public elementary: Fraser Institute

Gilpin elementary is the top public elementary school in Burnaby, according to the latest Fraser Institute rankings. - Wanda Chow/NewsLeader
Gilpin elementary is the top public elementary school in Burnaby, according to the latest Fraser Institute rankings.
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Gilpin elementary is the top-ranked Burnaby public school in this year's Fraser Institute rankings.

The top five in Burnaby were all independent schools, led by Holy Cross and Our Lady Of Mercy, which were both among the 20 schools tied for first place with scores of 10 out of 10.

The rankings of B.C. elementary schools were compiled using the provincial Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) exams, testing reading, writing and numeracy, written by students in grades 4 and 7 in the 2012-2013 school year. With rankings based on a 10-point scale, there were numerous ties.

Among Burnaby schools the top two were followed by St. Michael's in 41st place (9.2 score), John Knox Christian at 48th (9.1) and St. Helen's in 68th (8.8).

Gilpin saw a significant jump from previous years, and was among 10 schools tied for 111th spot out of 979 schools in B.C. with a score of 8.0 out of 10. Its five-year average ranking is 173rd place.

After three years in first place among Burnaby public elementaries, Buckingham dropped to second spot, 121st in the overall rankings with a 7.9 score.

Rounding out Burnaby's top 10 are Seaforth in 133rd place (7.8), Suncrest in 144th (7.7) and Taylor Park in 178th (7.5).

This year's lowest-ranked Burnaby elementary was Inman (3.8) in 882nd spot. That was down from a five-year average score of 5.5 and 435th place.

A closer look at Inman shows 32.1 per cent of its students in 2012-2013 had English as a second language, 9.5 per cent had special needs and 32.1 per cent were in the French immersion program. Of those writing the FSA exams, 29.5 per cent scored "below expectations."

Repeating in second-last place in Burnaby was Stride Avenue in 830th place (4.2). The Edmonds-area school's students were 55.6 per cent ESL and 7.3 had special needs.

The third-lowest-ranked in the city is Maywood in 736th place (4.8). Of its students last year, 66.3 per cent were ESL, 8.5 per cent had special needs and 38.8 per cent did not write the exams. Of those that did, 21.6 per cent scored below expectations.

Last year's lowest-ranked in Burnaby, Morley, improved significantly to 586th place, from 784th in 2011-2012.

Among Burnaby independent schools, only one listed any figures for ESL or special needs students. Of the Deer Lake Seventh Day Adventist school's students 1.5 per cent were ESL. It was ranked 567th with a score of 5.6.

Smaller schools that had fewer than 10 students in grades 4 and 7 were excluded from the rankings. Previous Fraser Institute reports used 15 students as a minimum to be included.

wchow@burnabynewsleader.com

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