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The Randall Residences

Rosehaven redefines luxury in Oakville at The Randall Residences

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Rosehaven redefines luxury in Oakville at The Randall Residences

Every moment is remarkable from the instant you set foot inside The Randall Residences. Timeless elegance has come to Oakville, bringing a new meaning to luxury living. Each detail has been carefully crafted to provide refined residences as welcoming as they are distinguished. This remarkable community creates a sense of understated elegance seldom found in modern condominiums. New models are bringing new opportunities to The Randall Residences, reflecting the essence of upscale Oakville.

An address in South Oakville offers all the urban amenities and quick city access that modern living requires, while still remaining only steps from the beauty of Lake Ontario’s miles of waterfront. Lakeshore Road and all of its shopping opportunities is just around the corner. The lower floors of The Randall feature high-end retail options to add to your choices, quite literally right outside your door. Just a block away is the peaceful bend of Sixteen Mile Creek, adding a gentle natural appeal to this refined neighbourhood. With a distinctive Beaux Arts design, The Randall is a classical monument to this remarkable Oakville neighbourhood, with lovingly tended yew and boxwood trees to complement the handsome exterior.

Drawing inspiration from the grand feeling of high-end European hotels, The Randall represents the stunning Beaux Arts style that famously lines the streets of cities such as Paris. Architect Richard Wengle and Designer Ferris Rafauli have together created an inspired residence full of balance, splendid detail and refined taste. From projecting cornices topping the classical columns, perfectly symmetrical archways, and formal colonnades to grand rotunda foyers, wide hallways and detailed ceilings, The Randall is jaw-droppingly beautiful and brimming with sophistication.

No interior detail is untouched by luxury. With only the highest quality materials and finishes, residences at The Randall feature elegant marble slab and warm hardwood flooring, genuine limestone, and designer hardware finishes. Master suites and Great Rooms both come with custom built-in cabinetry for style and functionality, and designer kitchen cabinetry meets the ceiling with graceful three piece crown molding. These are details that Ferris Rafauli has carefully crafted, transforming suites at The Randall into pristine luxury with all the careful touches of home.

Though the inspiration for The Randall Residences is a historical one, the amenities offered are the peak of modern convenience. A shared rooftop terrace spans more than 2,600 sq. ft. for al fresco dining and lounging, with views of the verdant treetop canopy, a peaceful water feature, and a barbecue area perfect for any special event or summer evening. Many of the penthouse suites come with their own additional private roof top terrace accessible directly from their suite for the most exclusive outdoor living. Secure underground parking, lockers and bike storage provide safe storage of all vehicles and belongings, with direct access to elevator blocks for convenient entry. For ground-level entrance, however, a grand lobby with a 24-hour concierge welcomes residents and guests in splendour. A warm reception room features a gas fireplace and a library, providing a small taste of the dignity and sophistication that The Randall holds within each suite.

More than two decades of experience has given Rosehaven Homes the skills and insight to provide only the finest of residences in every community, but The Randall reaches a new level of craftsmanship and inspired design. As a part of the Rosehaven Platinum Home Collection, The Randall Residences are up to the highest possible standards of luxury living. Top appliance brands, remarkable addresses, and truly unique designs are the staples of Rosehaven’s Platinum Collection, raising the bar for all other communities.

With new models come new opportunities, and The Randall Residences are the opportunity of a lifetime. These distinguished homes in downtown Oakville bring the highest calibre of luxury living to those lucky enough to call The Randall home. Currently, Rosehaven Homes is offering private tours of The Randall Residences with one its dedicated sales representatives, to provide a better understanding of just how breathtaking these homes truly are.

Visit randallresidences.com for more information, or contact the sales office to book your tour via email at luxuryliving@therandallresidences.com or call 905.849.1033.


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pper West Side Condos 2

Upper West Side Condos 2 is next level living, next door to nature

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Upper West Side Condos 2 is next level living, next door to nature

Following the success of the first phase of Upper West Side Condos, Branthaven recently introduced Upper West Side Condos 2 (UWSC2), a second landmark condominium opportunity in its award-winning, master planned Oakvillage community.

Located on Trafalgar Road and Dundas, at the gateway to Upper Oakville, UWSC2 will provide a unique opportunity to live a high-quality urban condo lifestyle yet be surrounded by the abundant greenspaces and naturally better amenities this coveted Upper Oakville neighbourhood offers.

“Upper West Side Condos 1 and 2 will seamlessly connect with the Oakvillage neighbourhood and its outstanding natural benefits,” says Steve Stipsits, president of Branthaven.”The condos and their amenities have been designed to provided residents with a higher level of living – indoors and out.”

Upper West Side Condos is where urban and natural environments are in perfect harmony. “Residents can step out from Upper West Side’s luxurious ground floor amenities to a landscaped courtyard and into Oakvillage’s greenery next door. Residents can expect a fully immersive outdoor lifestyle complete with a large naturalized community pond, a friendly neighbourhood park, a protected woodlot and, the many interconnected paths leading to Oakville’s extensive trail system,” adds Stipsits. “Bike, hike, stroll and explore nature – it’s easy when it’s all next door.”

Upper West Side Condos residents and their guests will gravitate to high style outdoor entertaining, lounging and socializing on the stunning rooftop terrace, a showcase from which to take in the surrounding greenspace by day and the twinkling cityscape at night.

Seamless indoor-outdoor living is easy and enjoyable with the Upper West Side’s dramatic double-height ground level amenities including a sun-drenched New York-style fitness studio, a wrap-around lounge with outdoor terrace and the lobby’s warm and inviting reception area with its indoor garden atrium.

Upper West Side Condo residents will be able to take advantage of the work-from-home movement, too. Upper West Side’s design-forward co-working space was planned with plenty of room for personal productivity and professional good looks. Its lofty proportions and pivot doors allow for circulation and natural light that will truly resonate with today’s condo buyers.

Residents will also enjoy the everyday ease and convenience of walking to local amenities such as Longos, Starbucks, shops and services. Oakville’s renowned schools, state-of-the-art hospital, community centres and recreation facilities are nearby as well.

Whatever your suite requirements, there’s no compromise on size, style or outdoor space at Upper West Side Condos 2. Whether a one- or two-bedroom, a two-storey ground level suite or penthouse, every UWSC2 suite offers expansive glazing for airy open-concept living. Each suite has a spacious private patio, balcony or terrace. Fresh Thinking kitchens feature upgraded cabinetry, quartz counter surfaces, beautiful backsplash and exceptional functionality in their layouts – perfect for your everyday lifestyle and entertaining. Bathrooms draw their inspiration from boutique hotels with their intelligent use of space and luxe spa-inspired fixtures.

Experience next level luxury condo living next door to nature. Attainable luxury from the $400,000s.

Location: Oakville

Developer: Branthaven

Development: Upper West Side Condos 2

Home type: Midrise condominium

Contact: upperwestsidecondos2.ca

Call 905.333.6162 or visit the website to book an appointment.


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CHBA names winners of 2020 National Awards for Housing Excellence

CHBA names winners of 2020 National Awards for Housing Excellence

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CHBA names winners of 2020 National Awards for Housing Excellence

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) has announced the winners of the 2020 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence, celebrating the best of the best from across Canada.

Rosehaven Homes' The Randall Residences in Oakville
Rosehaven Homes’ The Randall Residences in Oakville

Rosehaven Homes of Oakville, Ont. won the Marketing Excellence Award for overall success in marketing categories. Rosehaven also took home the marketing awards for Digital Media Campaign – Mid- to Highrise, and Print Ad, for The Randall Residences in Oakville. Rosehaven’s marketing was created with McOuat Partnership of Markham, Ont.

Minto Communities, another GTA builder, won the Net Zero Home Award, Mid- to Highrise Condo or Apartment Project (planned) for its Toronto development The Saint, Brochure/ Kit for 123 Portland, also in Toronto, and the Net Zero Home Award for the 2019 Minto Dream Home in support of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

Located at Church and Adelaide, The Saint is designed to honour the preserved historic buildings of the neighbourhood, including the nearby St. James Cathedral. Inside, Japanese minimalism inspired design with biophilic elements combine to create a serene environment, and 10,000 sq. ft. of amenity space focused on health and wellness provides residents with a home where they can “find their centre.”

For a complete list of winners, visit chba.ca.


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Luxury by the lake is coming soon for Rosehaven's Platinum Collection

Luxury by the lake is coming soon for Rosehaven’s Platinum Collection

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Luxury by the lake is coming soon for Rosehaven’s Platinum Collection

Downtown Oakville’s most exclusive executive residences are coming soon. A stunning collection of just six freehold townhomes a short walk from the lake, La Reserve redefines luxury in every detail. Part of Rosehaven Homes‘ Platinum Collection, this limited community goes above and beyond in refinement and exclusivity. Private elevators, three-bedroom designs, and deep lots provide the ultimate convenience and versatility, and with some of the last rooftop terraces in Olde Oakville, La Reserve is the height of luxury.

Every detail at La Reserve is carefully considered to create a refined residence. The mark of Rosehaven’s Platinum Collection is absolute luxury and high-end living, and La Reserve is here to provide. Classic stone, precast and stucco exteriors create a sophisticated lane of townhomes, with oversized windows to create airy, sunny interiors. Designer kitchens, spa-inspired bathrooms, and high-end finishes add upscale class to these luxurious residences. Master suites feature soaring 15-ft. barrel-vaulted ceilings, a stunning architectural feature that creates a unique sense of refinement and luxury in an elegant master retreat.

These sizable towns are an incredible 2,955 sq. ft. plus a large entertaining rooftop terrace, front balcony, and a rear yard deck patio to maximize your outdoor living space. Each home at La Reserve has space for all your needs, with sweeping open-concept layouts designed to inspire and amaze. A formal dining room and living room offer great entertaining spaces. Private backyards on lots ranging from 120 ft. to a sprawling 150 ft. provide space for any celebration, creating an unmatched backyard oasis. Opportunities are endless on these spacious Lots.

Located on Reynolds Street by George’s Square, these incomparable townhomes bring distinguished, French-inspired architecture to a beautiful established neighbourhood with elegance and class. La Reserve’s sophisticated design fits seamlessly into the historic homes of Olde Oakville, creating a charming neighbourhood of beautiful homes. Only 500 metres from the lake, these executive townhomes are in the most desirable location in Oakville, where luxury residences are only minutes from luxury amenities. Olde Oakville is a place where mature trees arch over the streets and the waterfront stretches endlessly, but it’s also a place of boutiques and restaurants, high-end shopping and quaint cafes.

This exclusive community has just six opportunities for life in Oakville’s rarest and most desirable residences. Refinement and luxury are imbued in every inch of these spacious executive townhomes, with inspired designs to create unique homes by the lake, and they’re coming soon. These are homes reserved for the few. Elevated living is coming to Oakville, and it lives at La Reserve.

Reserve your spot today at lareserveresidences.com.


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Glen Ashton Estates by Menkes Developments is a home for everyone to enjoy

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Glen Ashton Estates by Menkes Developments is a home for everyone to enjoy

Spending a great deal of time in your home these days might have you thinking about what you want to get out of your living space – more storage? Efficiency? Perhaps you want it to feel brighter? It’s amazing how much of an impact our environment can have on our mood, and during these challenging times our home is more important than ever before. It’s also our office, our school, our gym, and so much more.

The Livingston model home in Glen Ashton Estates, Menkes‘ latest residential development in Oakville, can provide inspiration for anyone looking to make their home a place consisting of comfort, functionality and style. Designer Gordana Car produced an awe-inspiring design for this spacious model home. Inspired by a modern farmhouse look – a design which has proved to be appealing to many different types of buyers – the interior design combines the modern and contemporary, with the country chic. With a neutral colour scheme (including a natural stained hardwood and white walls), simplicity in decor was meant to bring serenity to every room, something we all crave these days. To keep the design looking timeless yet on-trend, Car paired clean lines with black metal industrial light fixtures and hardware.

Both the layout and design of the home are functional and suitable for so many types of families. In this particular model, Car added a convenient home office to serve as an efficient workspace. The functionality of every room was integral to the overall design. This included lots of comfortable furniture for lounging around and plenty of storage.


Glen Ashton Estates in Oakville

Interiors styled by Gordana Car Design.

Visit the website for further information.


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North Oakville by Valery Homes

Valery Homes offers a master-planned community located in one of Canada’s best places to live

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Valery Homes offers a master-planned community located in one of Canada’s best places to live

North Oakville by Valery Homes is celebrating its new lot release in one of GTA’s most sought-after neighbourhoods – where quality, comfort and convenience seamlessly blend. Valery Homes has excelled in new-home building for more than 50 years, earning a reputation for quality craftsmanship, superior design and a commitment to customer service.

Designed with today’s modern family in mind, North Oakville is centrally located and extremely convenient offering all the advantages of an urban centre while maintaining its small-town charm. Residents will live in a vibrant and welcoming neighbourhood surrounded by the best amenities.

North Oakville offers the ultimate in luxury, where every home offers thoughtfully designed stone, stucco and brick exteriors with expansive windows and exquisite detailing. Home interiors are as equally as stunning as they are functional. Four- to five-bedroom homes with spacious open-concept living spaces with 10-ft. ceilings on the main floor, nine-ft. ceilings on the second; gourmet kitchens with granite countertops and large islands with breakfast bars. Lavish master suites with a magnificent ensuite boasting a freestanding soaker tub, glass shower enclosure, as well as an incredibly spacious walk-in closet, along with many other premium finishes and features.

Homes in this desirable neighbourhood start from the high $1.1 million on 36-, 38- and 43-ft. lots ranging from 2,534 to 4,181 sq. ft. with a variety of floorplan designs to suit the needs of every family.

Nestled against sparkling Lake Ontario, residents of North Oakville will enjoy an upscale urban lifestyle that’s enhanced with all the conveniences of modern living. Exceptional schools, relaxing parks and lush nature trails, charming shopping districts, superb dining and so much more, all conveniently located just minutes from the QEW, 403, 407 and GO Transit. Family values and quality of life go hand in hand in this Oakville neighbourhood.

North Oakville

Visit the presentation centre and model homes, located at 3280 Post Rd., at Hallaran Rd. in Oakville. The presentation centre is open from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends; closed Fridays.




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Local Focus - Oakville & Burlington

Oakville & Burlington are on the leading edges of the GTA

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Oakville & Burlington are on the leading edges of the GTA

Long gone are the days when Oakville and Burlington, neighbouring locations off the northwestern shores of Lake Ontario, were sleepy suburbs on the outskirts of the GTA. Expansion in highway and transit infrastructure, economic and employment growth and new housing development are all contributing to what today are booming, self-sustaining, destinations.

Such growth and development also mean rising home prices, as these two markets are forecast to be among the hottest in Ontario this year.

Blessed locations

Blessed with strong natural locations close to the lake, the QEW, Dundas Street West and Hwys. 403 and 401, getting to and around Oakville and Burlington has never been a challenge. But recent improvements to transit service and highways have afforded even easier movement for businesses and residents.

Such growth has contributed to increasingly diverse local economies, strong in automotive and manufacturing, but not overly reliant on any one sector.

Besides being close to Lake Ontario to the south, and the Niagara Escarpment to the north, Burlington is also home to the Royal Botanical Gardens. It boasts more than 2,700 acres of gardens and nature sanctuaries, the world’s largest lilac collection and three on-site restaurants.

Down by the lake, the recently renovated Spencer Smith Park hosts an array of annual free festivals, including Canada’s largest Ribfest, the Sound of Music Festival, Children’s Festival and Lakeside Festival of Lights.

Similarly, Oakville boasts 3,500 acres of parkland, more than 300 kilometres of trails and more than 200 parks, gardens, off-leash dog parks, playgrounds, skateboard parks, splash pads, sports fields, tennis courts, two harbours and 31 waterfront parks.

For cultural pursuits, Oakville has the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, and the Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival is an annual summer event that features a number of stages along Lakeshore Road East. The Waterfront Festival takes place in Coronation Park, including amusement rides, arts and crafts, food and drinks, concerts and nightly fireworks displays.

With so much development underway, it’s no surprise that more people are moving west – particularly those looking for more affordable homes than in Toronto. Residence here, however, has its price: Oakville is now one of the GTA’s priciest housing markets. Burlington is seeing its own home price growth spurt, though it is notably more affordable.

Burlington, in particular, is undergoing a change of sorts. In the 2018 municipal elections, residents voted in Marianne Meed Ward as new mayor, notably on her promise to address their concerns about over-intensification and development.

Location, location, location

  • Oakville population 192,832; Burlington 185,000, located in Halton Region at the northwestern end of Lake Ontario
  • Oakville distance from Toronto, 38 kms; Burlington, 60 km

Select housing developments


5North by Mattamy Homes

Bronte Meadows by Flato Group

Glen Ashton Estates by Menkes

Ivy Rouge by Rosehaven Homes

Ivy Rouge by Starlane Home Corporation

The Preserve by Mattamy Homes

Upper Joshua Creek by Mattamy Homes

White Oaks Ravine by Dunpar Homes


Mountainview Heights by Greenpark Group

Mountainview Heights by Starlane Home Corporation

The Towns at Valera by Adi Developments

Tyandaga Heights by National Homes

StationWest Towns by Adi Developments


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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don't ignore the east

Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

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Homebuyers head to GTA west… but don’t ignore the east

It’s not exactly earth-shattering news, since we’ve been able to observe the trend for the last few years, but a new report from ReMax of Ontario-Atlantic Canada underlines just to what degree homebuyers are heading west.

West, as in Hamilton and Halton Region – Burlington, Oakville, Halton Hills and Milton.

In analyzing sales trends in nine Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) districts over the past five years, ReMax notes those areas captured 10.1 per cent of total market share in 2018, with a 2.3-per-cent increase over 2013.

The reasons are fairly obvious: The quest for homes at affordable prices. Indeed, this spillover effect has stimulated homebuying activity in most areas flanked by Toronto’s core and Hamilton. Burlington, in particular, soared between 2013 and 2018, with home sales almost doubling and average prices climbing 50 per cent to $769,142.

Builders of new homes also recognize the appetite for lowrise homes in the west.

But with such strong growth in Burlington, how long will this market remain an affordable option?

“The communities in the west will still be affordable compared to Toronto proper, but what we are going to see is a continued uptick in demand for more of the outlying communities like Brantford, Waterdown, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and even as far-reaching as London and Niagara,” Christopher Alexander, executive vice-president, ReMax of Ontario-Atlanti Canada, told HOMES Publishing. “What will really impact the growth of these markets, outside of availability and affordability, will be the underlying transit systems and investments in local economies, as people still have a need to be connected to the GTA core.”

But, Alexander also told HOMES Publishing, the window of opportunity to head west may be closing.

“As the west end of the GTA continues to see growth and price appreciation, a leveling effect will likely come into play (with the east region),” he says.

GTA east areas such as Durham Region may not have the same appeal as the west – currently. “The west end of the GTA has a greater diversity of communities that are attracting a diverse range of buyers. In the past 10 years, there has been significant focus on the growth and development of these regions, whereas historically, Durham has not traditionally been viewed in this same regard. With the boom in areas towards the east, like Prince Edward County, and the affordability leveling out, we will likely see the tide begin to turn.”

So, yes, prospective homebuyers, go west if you like, but also keep an eye on the east.


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Ballantry Homes

Only the finest in design, construction and customer service at Ballantry Homes

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Only the finest in design, construction and customer service at Ballantry Homes

The Ballantry Homes success story began 20 years ago with a small 10-lot project on the banks of the Rouge River in Markham. That modest first step led to progressively larger developments and, to date, Ballantry has constructed more than 10,000 homes in more than 35 communities across the GTA. Throughout the years, the company has remained true to its goal of using and offering only the finest in design, materials, construction and customer service for its projects.

This attention to quality has earned the builder multiple awards and Ballantry is particularly proud of the recognition it has received for their customer service – receiving the Avid Award for “the best customer service experience” and the Avid Benchmark Award for “best customer experience,” taking particular pride in the fact that 95 per cent of surveyed Ballantry homeowners said they would recommend Ballantry to their loved ones and would buy another home from this builder for themselves.

Ballantry Homes has now announced four upcoming projects within and beyond the GTA.

The first is Oak Park, a high-end condo project in the very desirable and enormously popular town of Oakville just west of Toronto. Oakville is a storied town famous for its lakefront, its quaint village ambience and its quality shopping areas, restaurants, business sections and schools. Oakville is also well known for its status as one of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in Canada. When you combine all that with the high standards of a Ballantry development, you can be assured a wonderful homeowning experience.

The second new offering is Cornell Markham, which will be located in the award-winning Cornell neighbourhood of Markham northeast of Toronto. The community will be a short commute to downtown Toronto, close to a lively local shopping and business section. The area has maintained a touch of its country origins and you can visit the creeks and parkland of the Rouge Valley while enjoying your contemporary suburban lifestyle.

This year there will be a new release of three- and four-bedroom freehold townhomes on Burl Oak Drive that feature double car garages, rooftop terraces and much, much, more. This is a wonderful and increasingly rare opportunity to enjoy a high quality of life within the GTA.

The third new release is Reflections Caledonia, which is situated mere steps from the broad and serene Grand River in the quaint small town of Caledonia. Caledonia is part of a network of charming Grand River situated towns such as Elora, Cambridge and Brantford, and the Sunday driving possibilities are endless. You are only a short drive from Hamilton and a reasonable commute to Toronto. Reflections will combine townhomes with 30-, 38- and 40-ft. detached homes, and the quality of the design and materials is guaranteed.

The fourth and final new release is the Edgewater Trails in Welland, located south of St. Catharines, southwest of Niagara on the Lake and west of Niagara Falls. This may represent the best of country/big town living and is the very definition of scenic. Edgewater Trails will be a community of townhomes and 38- and 45-ft. detached homes. Half of the development’s homes will back on to the Welland Canal, and provide an idyllic view of the tall ships passing by. Welland itself is a thriving mid-size town surrounded by waterways and parks and forests. There is an abundance of shopping and restaurants to be enjoyed and the two Niagaras (Falls and On The Lake) will be a source of endless touristy entertainment. Once again, the quality of the development is guaranteed because this will be a Ballantry Homes community.

Ballantry has a catch phrase “we build dreams” and it is certain that homebuyers will discover their dream in one of these remarkable new developments.


For further information on all of Ballantry’s projects visit the website.


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Looking to buy a home near good schools? Read this

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Looking to buy a home near good schools? Read this

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If you’re looking to buy a new home or condo and especially interested in being close to good elementary schools for your family, the Fraser Institute’s Report Card on Ontario’s Elementary Schools provides some insight.

This year’s Report Card ranks more than 3,000 anglophone and francophone public and Catholic schools based on nine academic indicators from results of annual provincewide reading, writing and math tests.

“The Report Card is a valuable tool for parents and educators because it allows them to easily identify successful schools across the province – serving similar students and communities – that can serve as an example to follow,” says Peter Cowley, senior fellow with the Fraser Institute’s School Performance Studies.

Fraser Institute GTA schools

For example, St. Catharines’ E.I. McCulley Public School, where 61.9 per cent of students have special needs, improved its overall rating from 4.6 out of 10 in 2014, to 8.9 out of 10 last year.

And Ealing Public School in London had a 0 out of 10 overall rating in 2014, but improved to 7.5 last year, even though 45.5 per cent of its students have special needs.

“All too often, principals and teachers try to excuse a school’s poor overall performance by blaming the characteristics of its students or the communities they serve, but the Report Card shows that any school, no matter where it’s located or what challenges its students face, can succeed,” Cowley says.

For the complete results on all ranked schools, visit compareschoolrankings.org



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