More than a num­ber

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WARBURTON News Staff

Although the Fraser In­sti­tute has listed Char-Lan Dis­trict High School as the high­est ranked sec­ondary school in Glen­garry, don’t look for the school’s prin­ci­pal to do a dance of joy over the an­nounce­ment.

Chad Brown­lee, who re­placed Cather­ine Cooper as prin­ci­pal only four short weeks ago, says he’s al­ways happy to get favourable news about the Wil­liamstown high school, but points out that his school is a lot more than just a test score.

“The school is more than the EQAO (Ed­u­ca­tion Qual­ity Ac­count­abil­ity Of­fice) re­sults,” he says. “There’s a lot of good

things go­ing on at Char-Lan that make it go be­yond a test.”

The Fraser In­sti­tute, a Van­cou­ver-based or­ga­ni­za­tion that de­scribes it­self as the “top think tank in Canada,” ranked Char-Lan 68th out of 747 schools in the prov­ince. The school it­self re­ceived a rat­ing of 7.9 out of 10 on the in­sti­tute’s an­nual re­port card.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­sti­tute’s web­site: “We base our over­all rat­ing out of 10 on the school’s per­for­mance on seven in­di­ca­tors, all of which are de­rived from provincewi­de tests of lit­er­acy and math­e­mat­ics skills that are ad­min­is­tered by the prov­ince’s EQAO.”

Mr. Brown­lee’s com­ments are fairly typ­i­cal of ed­u­ca­tors, who tend to see the re­port card as a “snapshot” of how a school per­formed on a typ­i­cal day. He said that the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board’s fo­cus on math and lit­er­acy played a role in his school’s above av­er­age per­for­mance.

He also cred­ited the school’s staff with bring­ing about the change.

“We’re a small school so we have close relationsh­ips with all our kids and we work hard with them,” he said.

On the same re­port card, Glen­garry Dis­trict High School in Alexan­dria was ranked 292, Holy Trin­ity in South Glen­garry was ranked 431, Tagwi Sec­ondary School in Avon­more was ranked 453 and L’École catholique sec­ondaire Le Re­lais in Alexan­dria was ranked 507th. Van­kleek Hill Col­le­giate In­sti­tute placed 596, while l’École sec­ondaire catholique ré­gionale de Hawkes­bury was 612.

One of the top rated schools in the prov­ince is L’École sec­ondaire publique Le Som­met, which was ranked 25th.

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