Headlines are normally dominated by top ranked schools, and therefore, parents are always asking us to help find them a home in those schools' communities. We have been happy to do so and will continue to, but let's not forget that some of those schools were not always considered "top-ranked". With that in mind, I decided to forage through the 2012 Fraser Institute Rankings to determine the top 5 most improved Catholic schools in Mississauga. Some of the schools on this list have gone from average schools and into the top echelon of Catholic schools in Mississauga. Let's take a look at the top 5:
#1 – St. Gerard
St. Gerard made the biggest leaps and bounds over the past 5 years. In 2007, they ranked a paltry 3.6 out of 10 on the Fraser Institute rankings. In fact, 53.8% of the written tests were considered below provincial standards. That left St. Gerard, a small school located in the Mississauga neighbourhood of Erindale, with one of the worst scores in the city. However, since 2007 they have markedly improved, jumping up 2 full points between 2007 and 2008. They've maintained that pace at the Grade 6 level and have made huge strides at the Grade 3 level in both math and reading.
|Test Above Standard %||47.2||62.9||66.7||63.4||68.9|
|Tests Not Written %||5.1||6.3||6.8||7.8||4.8|
|Rating out of 10||3.6||5.6||6.1||5.9||6.1|
St. Gerard is located in the community of Erindale. Here are the boundaries for St. Gerard
– – – > St. Gerard Boundary Map
Real estate values in Erindale vary greatly as the more luxurious neighbourhood of Credit Woodlands is located here, but for more budget-conscious homeowners there is still a great mix of affordable detached homes, condo town homes and condo apartments.
For more information on Erindale property or about St. Gerard Catholic school, please use the contact form below or leave a comment.
#2 – Our Lady of Good Voyage
Our Lady of Good Voyage is located in East Credit which has an abundance of choices when it comes to Catholic elementary schools. In fact, there are a total of 7 Catholic elementary schools in East Credit. Our Lady of Good Voyage, according to the 2011 rankings, now sits tied with St. Dunstan, a top-ranked Catholic elementary stalwart since 2007 – but that wasn't always the case. Back in 2007 and 2008, Our Lady of Good Voyage would have been looked upon as an average school. However, they made an incredible jump in 2009 into the top echelon of Catholic elementary schools in Mississauga. They've since maintained that pace in both 2010 and 2011.
|Tests Above Standard %||59.0||61.5||84.9||85.2||83.7|
|Tests Not Written %||1.1||0||2.3||1.6||0|
|Rating Out of 10||6.3||6.1||8.6||8.5||8.6|
Our Lady of Good Voyage is located in large community of East Credit. Here are the boundaries for Our Lady of Good Voyage – – – > Our Lady of Good Voyage Boundary Map
East Credit real estate is an attractive Mississauga option as it's more affordable than a lot of other communities, lies near Hwy 401, and features a lot of area amenities including major clothing warehouses and one of Mississauga's top public golf courses in Braeben.
For more information on East Credit property or about Our Lady of Good Voyage Catholic school, please use the contact form below or leave a comment.
#3 – St. Mark
Led by passionate students like Matthew (seen at the annual Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board public speaking competition), St. Mark's is one of three schools on the most improved list that went from an "average" elementary school to one of the now top-ranked schools in the area. In fact, just in 2007, St. Mark's rating sat a relatively mediocre rating of 5.9, but has now jumped into the top echelon with a solid rating of 8.1/10.
|Tests Above Standard %||63.4||85.3||81.6||80.5||83.1|
|Tests Not Written %||0||1.9||3.4||4.1||1.4|
|Rating out of 10||5.9||8.3||8.1||7.4||8.1|
St. Mark's is located in one of the biggest and most popular areas in Mississauga in the community of Erin Mills. Here is the boundary map for St. Mark's – – – > St. Mark's Boundary Map
Real estate in Erin Mills is another attractive option for homeowners because of its proximity to the Erin Mills Town Centre Mall and one of Mississauga's largest and best hospitals in Credit Valley Hospital.
For more information on Erin Mills real estate or about St. Mark's Catholic school please use the contact form below or leave a comment.
#4 – Divine Mercy
Divine Mercy has been a school consistently on the rise since 2007. In fact, it is the only school on the Top 5 Most Improved Catholic Elementary School's list that has remained at the same level or increased in every year since 2007. Thanks to the help of dedicated parents such as Jolanta Padiasek (seen winning 3rd place in Divine Mercy's creative and successful lottery fundraiser), Divine Mercy has stabilized itself as one of the top Catholic elementary schools in all of Mississauga and also filters into one of the top-ranked high schools in St. Aloysius of Gonzaga in Central Erin Mills.
|Tests Above Standard %||72.9||76.8||83.3||81.4||87.4|
|Tests Not Written %||5.9||1.2||4.0||3.0||2.1|
|Rating out of 10||6.7||7.2||7.9||7.9||8.6|
Divine Mercy is located in the powerhouse school area (both public and catholic) of Central Erin Mills. with highly-ranked middle school, Thomas St. Middle, and the top-ranked public high school, John Fraser, all located in the community. Here is the boundary map for Divine Mercy – Divine Mercy Boundary Map
Property values in Central Erin Mills are a little pricier than some other options in Mississauga, but a lot of that is due to its fabolous location in the west of Mississauga, near Hwy 403 and a stone's throw away from the Erin Mills Town Centre mall and Credit Valley Hospital. For the more budget-conscious homeowner, there are a good amount condo town homes and condo apartments available.
For more information on Central Erin Mills real estate or about Divine Mercy school please use the contact form below or leave a comment.
# 5 – St. Louis
While St. Louis isn't the top-ranked Catholic school in its community of Clarkson, there is no denying that it has made leaps and bounds from previous years and nicely rounds out our Top 5 Most Improved Catholic Elementary Schools. St. Louis really struggled until 2010 when the turnaround began. Now, it sits at a rating of 6.2/10, a very respectable score for a school that also filters into one of the top Catholic high schools in Mississauga in Iona SS. Also, St. Louis offers parents the added bonus of hosting full-day kindergarten classes making this school a highly attractive option in the more affordable parts of the highly affluent community of Clarkson.
|Tests Above Standard %||50.7||55.2||54.5||67.3||70.2|
|Tests Not Written %||0||1.5||4.5||0||0|
|Rating out of 10||4.4||3.8||4.6||5.7||6.2|
Here is the boundary map for St. Louis Catholic school – – – > St. Louis Boundary Map
While the Clarkson-Lorne Park area is considered one the most highly affluent in Mississauaga, there are still affordable options for many homeowners ranging from detached homes all the way to condo apartments.
For more information on Clarkson real estate or about St. Louis Catholic school please use the contact form below or leave a comment.
That does it for now but stay tuned for more rankings and analysis of other Catholic, Public, Private, and French Immersion schools here in Mississauga. And as always, please comment or contact us if you require help finding a great home in a great neighbourhood with a great school for your children!