Now that the most unique school year of 2020-2021 is behind us, everyone – especially parents – are looking forward to the normal (as normal as the “new normal” can be) school year ahead. And we are taking a look at Toronto neighbourhoods with the highest-rated public schools and profiles of their residents.
At Hausworth.com, we use open data available from various federal, provincial, and municipal authorities complemented by crowdsourced data that our visitors share with each other.
In our school ranking we take into account provincial assessment results for Grades 3 and 6 for elementary schools, and EQAO Grade 9 Assessment of mathematics as well as the latest available results for Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test for secondary schools. We then average the results for the schools located in each of the 140 Toronto neighbourhoods.
Here is a snapshot of where in the city you will find best ranking schools of all local public school boards: the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), Toronto Catholic District School Board, French first language Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir.
When you visit individual school profiles on the site, you can also find additional details of enrollment, including stats for gifted and special education students at each school, age of school buildings, as well as the so called FCI index for the state of school facilities, number of Covid cases reported during the 2020-21 school year, comparison with nearby schools, and more.
In our analysis today we want to look at residents of the neighbourhoods that host the best schools in the city. As you will see below, the neighbourhoods are quite diverse based on age groups and income of residents. (We discuss countries of origin of residents and immigration patterns in the city in our separate blog article.)
Here are the top 10 neighbourhoods based on average school quality (including both elementary and secondary schools in the area) as well as the predominant age and percentage of high income residents – with incomes over $125K a year:
|Avg school rating
|Top Age Group
|High Income Residents
|Lawrence Park North
|Forest Hill South
As you can see, while there are many well-to-do neighbourhoods on the list, there are also areas with a much lower number of high earners that boast top public schools in the city (notably High Park and Bayview Village).
Also, age groups vary widely in these neighbourhoods, like in the case of Rosedale-Moore Park and Yonge-St.Clair:
Detailed Toronto neighbourhood profiles and rankings such as this one for Rosedale-Moore Park are available on Hausworth, featuring data on safety, immigration, demand for houses etc, as well as resident profiles.
If we focus solely on elementary schools, we will find that the following 5 neighbourhoods, as we describe in more details in our blog, host 11 out of top 20 elementary schools in the city:
- Hillcrest Village
- Rosedale-Moore Park
- Willowdale East
As an example, Hillcrest Village is home to 3 of the top 20 elementary schools in the city:
- Ecole Elementaire Paul-Demers
- Hillmount Public School, and
- Arbor Glen Public School
Conversely, ranking neighbourhoods based on only secondary schools, we will find the following 5 neighbourhoods topping the charts:
- Willowdale East
- Bathurst Manor
- Mount Pleasant West
Only Willowdale East makes an appearance on both lists, which is worth calling out.
Thanks for reading and check back soon for more on the latest news and trends related to Toronto homes, neghbourhoods, and their residents.
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