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(Posted 7:30 a.m., Oct. 1)
Colonel By, Sir Wil grads share top marks among east end scholars

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

In a what is rare occurance, two members of the Class of 2016 share the honour of having the top mark among the east end's four public board high schools.

Colonel By grad Amin Zahrai and Sir Wilfrid Laurier's Erika Wall both earned a 98.83 average last year, putting themselves at the head of the class.

Zahrai and ???? are both enrolled at the University of Ottawa. Zahrai is studying biomedcal science and hopes to one day become a neurosurgeon, while

Wall is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science program Queens University and plans to major in life sciences.

All three top scholars credit their academic aschievements in high school to excellent time management, disciplined study habits and good old-fashioned hard work.

Zahrai studied two to three hours every night and five hours a day on Saturdays and Sundays. The result was a perfect mark in math and physics and a 99 per cent in chemistry. His lowest mark was 96 per cent in English.

Wall had to fit in studying with swimming practice -- she was a competitive swimmer with Ottawa Kingfish -- and a long list of sports at school where she was a member of the track and field, basketball, field hockey and swimming teams. Even with her heavy athletic schedule she still managed to hit the books four to five hours every night.

On the flip side, three area Catholic board schools saw 60 per cent of their Grade 6 students, or more, score at or above the provincial average on their math test including Convent Glen Catholic where 76 per cent of the students met or exceeded the provincial standard. The other two schools are St. Francis Assisi in Fallingbrook where 61 per cent of students met or exceeded the provincial standard, and Good Shepherd in Blackburn Hamlet where the figure is 60 per cent.

Board wide, 58 per cent of the Grade 6 students who took the EQAO math test met or exceeded the provincial standard. The results were much better for the reading and writing tests where 84 per cent of students met or exceeded the standards.

The three schools with the top overall results were Good Shepherd where 88 per cent of the students met or exceeded the provincial standard on the reading test, 89 per cent did so on the writing exam and 60 per cent met or exceeded the provincial standard on the math test. The results were similar at both St. Clare (89, 89, 58) and Convent Glen Catholic (84, 85 76).

Convent Glen also did extremely well on the Grade 3 test. Eighty-three cent of the students met or exceeded the provincial standard on the reading test, 87 per cent did so on the writing test and 72 per cent managed to meet or exceed the provincial standard on the math test.

At St. Theresa Catholic School in Avalon the results were 81 per cent in reading, 90 per cent in writing and 80 per cent in math.

The prize for most improved results for students in Grade 6 who took the test in Grade 3 three years ago goes to St. Francis and Saint Kateri.

At St. Francis the percentage of students who met or exceeded the provincial standard in reading and writing increased from 71 and 73 per cent respectively on the Grade 3 test to 83 and 85 per cent on the Grade 6 test. The improvement was much less dramatic in math, but it still went from 57 per cent to 61 per cent.

At St. Kateri the percentage of students who met or exceed the provincial standard in reading and writing improved from 60 and 58 per cent in Grade 3 three years ago to 79 per cent in both subjects on the Grade 6 test last spring.

The EQAO tests are carried out every year in Grade 3 and Grade 6. They are used to take a snapshot of how well schools are doing in teaching the provincial curriculum in all three subject areas taking into account several socio-economic factors such as family income, family background and cultural status.

The Education Quality and Accountabil-ity Office also tests Grade 9 students in literacy and their knowledge of academic and applied mathematics. The results among the three Catholic board high schools in the east end were in line with both the board and provincial averages.

Ninety-two per cent of the students who took the test at all three schools either met or exceeded the provincial standard in academic, or advanced math, and 61 and 62 per cent of the students at St. Matthew and St. Peter High School met or exceeded the provincial standard in applied, or general math.

The one area where the results bucked the trend was in applied mathematics at Lester B. Pearson High School where only 34 per cent of the students taking applied mathematics met or exceeded the provincial standard.

The provincial gap in the math results between students enrolled in the applied and academic streams is raising eyebrows at the Ministry of Education where they are trying to come up with solutions to narrow the deficit.

Province-wide 91 per cent of the students enrolled in academic math met or exceeded the provicial standards on the test, while only 61 per cent of the students enrolled in applied math accomplished the feat.

The gap is even more dramatic at the Ottawa District School Board where only 45 per cent of the students in applied mathematics met or exceeded the provincial standard on the province-wide test compared to 87 per cent of the students enrolled in academic math.

At the Ottawa-Carleton Catholic School Board, 57 per cent of the students enrolled in applied math met or exceeded the provincial standard compared to 90 per cent of the students in academic math.

Ottawa-Carleton Catholic
School Board
Ottawa Carleton
District School Board
Grade 3 Reading
Convent Glen Catholic
Our Lady of Wisdom
St. Theresa
 
83
83
81
Grade 3 Reading
Henry Larsen
Avalon
Fallingbrook

 
83
78
75

Grade 3 Writing
St. Theresa
Our Lady of Wisdom
Convent Glen Catholic
St. Clare
 
90
88
87
87
Grade 3 Writing
Henry Larsen
Dunning Foubert
Five schools tied

 
87
76
75

Grade 3 Math
St. Theresa
Convent Glen Catholic
Divine Infant
 
80
77
76
Grade 3 Math
Dunning Foubert
Forest Valley
Fallinbrook
 

74
73
73

Grade 6 Reading
St. Clare
Good Shepherd
Chapel Hill Catholic
 
89
88
88
Grade 6 Reading
Maple Ridge
Fallinbrook
Henry Larsen

 
86
83
83

Grade 6 Writing
St. Clare
Good Shepherd
Chapel Hill Catholic
 
89
89
86
Grade 6 Writing
Maple Ridge
Henry Larsen
Trillium
Fallingbrook
Avalon

 
85
80
78
78
78

Grade 6 Math
Convent Glen Catholic
St. Francis of Assisi
Good Shepherd
 
76
61
60
Grade 6 Math
Maple Ridge
Trillium
Henry Munro

 
85
78
77

 

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