For the fourth straight year, Nelson’s L.V. Rogers Secondary is the top local school in the Fraser Institute’s controversial annual rankings of BC high schools.
LVR placed 91st out of 293 public and private schools on the 2012-13 list released today based on criteria such as average exam marks, graduation rates, and English and math gender gaps, which are combined into a single rating out of ten.
Despite leading all other West Kootenay/Boundary schools, LVR’s placement was actually below its five-year rank of 68th, although it was slightly higher than last year when it was pegged at 98th.
Rossland Secondary, which was converted last fall into a K-9, was the only other school in the top 100. It finished 95th and had a five-year ranking of 52nd, the only mark higher than LVR’s among local schools.
Among other Kootenay Lake district schools, Mount Sentinel was 155th, Creston’s Prince Charles 204th, and Kaslo’s J.V. Humphries 279th. Salmo and Crawford Bay were not ranked.
The rankings are widely dismissed by educators and administrators as a limited and misleading measure of a school’s worth.
Top ranked on this year’s list were two private girls schools in Vancouver: Crofton House and York House, both earned perfect scores. No public schools made the top 20.
The top interior school was Kelowna Christian at 20th and the top Kootenay school was Elkford Secondary in 28th for the second straight year. Last year Elkford ranked 37th.