Even though there are up or down, the mark are very close. Some schools have only 0.1 difference compared to other years. I would focus on five year average instead. Those high schools in Barrhaven are unlikely getting worse as inflow of Asian kids from other parts of city. The trend can be seen from the upward movement of Longfields-Davidson.
There must be something in the Barrhaven water. The burgeoning community has become a haven for sharp young minds, with four of its high schools securing top 15 spots in the Fraser Institute’s Report on Ontario Secondary Schools. The schools — nearly a stone’s throw from one another — run the gamut from public to Catholic. Andrea Steenbakkers, executive director of the Barrhaven BIA, explains the foundation of strong schools in the community is what drives parents to the area.
“Barrhaven i s growing faster every year and it’s opening the door for lots of new families to make the community their home,” said Steenbakkers.
But more importantly, families that move in make roots there. Since Barrhaven’s rapid growth in the late 1990s, mostaffluent children have grown up and had kids of their ownwhogoto school in the community.
Families in Barrhaven’s schools have an average combined income well over $ 100,000 and have access to a wealth of sports centres and community centres that gives them an edge over many inner-city schools.
“Parents in Barrhaven tend to be very goal- oriented,” said Steenbakkers. “They’re very results- oriented parents and children are raised in that way to set goals and to achieve them. It’s part of the culture.”
Barrhaven also has easy access to both Carleton University and Algonquin College without having to take the highway trough heavy traffic.
Fraser Institute researcher Peter Cowley said it’s important for parents to look beyond the rankings but that strong communities breed highly academic schools.
Yet French schools in the area — and across all of the city — aren’t making the sameimpression in the rankings as their English counterparts. Only two French schools made it into the top 10 rankings, including De La Salle and Gisele Lalonde secondary schools.
School and school board officials would not comment on the report, citing skepticism over it.