The Fraser Institute, a right-wing think-tank, released its controversial annual report card on Alberta’s high schools for 2011, with two Calgary schools tying with the perennial winner: Edmonton’s Old Scona School.
Calgary private schools Rundle College Senior High and Webber Academy both came out on top of the 276 private, public, separate and charter schools measured by the institute. Rank is based on students’ academic performance on standardized provincial exams and graduation rates.
Based on those findings, an argument could be made that family income does affect grades, or perhaps school quality. Average parental income for students of Webber Academy and Rundle College is $226,500 and $256,300, respectively.
Calgary’s International School of Excellence, also a private school, shared the very bottom of the list with three others in the province. The School of Excellence’s 19 grade 12 students failed 89 per cent of their exams and received an average exam mark of 37 per cent. The average parental income for the school is $53,600.
The report also notes that 2011 exam failure rates were the highest they have been in five years, with nearly 19 per cent of all provincial exams receiving a failing grade.