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Old 04-27-2011, 05:55 AM
 
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[FONT=Verdana]Hi everyone,[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]This is my first post on this forum and I really appreciate your input. [/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]We will be landing in August as permanent residents Family of 4 (children 11 and 6 yrs old) and planning to stay in Mississauga.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]Our children both speak English as they attended English language kindergarten and elementary schools.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]I have looked at the schools rating of Fraser Institute and EAOA,[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]should we be using these as a guide and try to find an accommodation in the boundaries of the top ranked schools? or there are any factors that i have to look at.[/FONT]
[FONT=Verdana]I really appreciate feedback from parents on this board who have children at schools and can give some heplful information.[/FONT]
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[FONT=Verdana]thank you [/FONT]
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:33 AM
 
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The Fraser Institute is a conservative/libertarian think-tank with an agenda and there is no real validity to their ranking system. Their methodology is designed to give private schools higher rankings than public schools (while leaving most private schools out of the list). They have a pro-private school agenda.

In its rankings. The Fraser Institute does not take into account the number of students who speak English as a second language. For a school to rise in rankings, it must improve at a faster rate than other schools. It is not enough merely for the school's test scores to rise. So a school with steady improvement that actually puts its test scores above other schools will still be ranked lower than one that improved quickly in one year. Either way, the EQAO test results are not the only factor in whether a school is good or not. Also note that Fraser Institute only uses grade 3 and grade 6 data for Elementary schools. That does not give me a complete picture.
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Old 04-27-2011, 08:05 AM
 
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I would definetely read the Toronto School Board report below before making a decision on the Schools. We have just landed so we are probably in the same boat as you with regard to selecting a Public School and a neighbourhood to live in therefore you are welcome to take my advice with a bit of a grain of salt.

Study by the Toronto School Board in 2009 (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/wwwdocuments/a...edFindings.pdf)


One suggestion; If your children already speak English you might consider French Immersion for your child starting Grade School. I am not sure whether there are FI programs in Mississauga but you can look it up at TSB site. Some FI programs offer 50% French and %50 English as well.

Having looked at EAQA data and I have noticed that FI school performances seem to be much higher than regular schools. On the other hand some people argue this.

We are considering FI program for our 6 year old who also attended English Immersion Kindergarten back at home for three years.
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