VANCOUVER, BC-Twenty-six schools from across British
Columbia were recognized for ongoing academic improvement and
achievement at the annual
Garfield Weston Awards for Excellence in
dinner in Vancouver Wednesday.
Awards were presented in two categories, each reflecting
different aspects of academic success.
Improvement in Academics
recognizes elementary schools that have experienced the
fastest, most consistent improvement in their academic
performance over the past five years.
Determination in Academic Achievement
recognizes the top-performing elementary and secondary schools
where the average parental income at the school is among the
bottom 25 per cent of the province.
"The teachers, administrators, and support staff from these
schools have an unparalleled dedication to teaching which is
reflected in their students' triumphs," said Lisa-Diane
Fortier, Fraser Institute associate director of Outreach
Programs, School Performance Studies.
"Every single year, these educators are finding new ways for
their students to succeed in reading, writing, and math, and
it's important that they receive the accolades they so richly
The awards are based on an analysis of the Ministry of
Education's student results data for each school included in
the Fraser Institute's annual
Report Card on British Columbia's Elementary Schools
Report Card on Secondary Schools in British Columbia and
. Out of 223 secondary schools and 952 elementary schools
included in the Report Card, only the top 30 performers in each
category were invited to participate in the awards.
L.V. Rogers Secondary School of Nelson won the award for
Determination in Academic Achievement - Secondary
along with a $3,000 prize. Runners-up were Princess Margaret
Secondary School of Surrey, which was a runner-up in this
category in 2007 as well as a School of Distinction in 2006,
and Boundary Central Secondary School of Midway, which earned
School of Distinction recognition in this category in 2006 and
2008. Each received a $1,000 prize.
Khalsa School of Vancouver won the award for
Determination in Academic Achievement - Elementary
along with a $3,000 prize after earning School of Distinction
recognition in this category in 2006 and 2007. Runners-up St.
Jude School of Vancouver, which was named a School of
Distinction in this category in 2007, and Montecito Elementary
School of Burnaby, which has earned School of Distinction
recognition in this category every year since 2006, each
received a $1,000 prize.
Frank J. Mitchell Elementary School of Sparwood, a community
about 125 km east of Cranbrook, won the award for
Improvement in Academics - Elementary
along with a $3,000 prize. Runners-up were St. James Catholic
School of Abbotsford, for the second year in a row, and
Rosedale Elementary School of Rosedale, which was a runner-up
in this category in 2007. Each received a $1,000 prize.
All of the remaining school teams received School of
One common misconception about the Weston Awards is that
only the most privileged schools are honoured for outperforming
the rest of the province on the Ministry's standardized
"In fact, the Weston Awards recognize schools in two areas.
One category acknowledges where these schools were five years
ago in terms of academics and how far they've come since then.
The other recognizes schools located in environments where many
would say consistent student success is not possible," Fortier
"These awards are about encouraging excellent educators to
keep doing what they're doing to provide students a better
education. Their commitment to excellence cannot be
Complete list of all Weston Award-winning schools