Weston schools do poorly in rankings

Weston schools have generally fared poorly in the latest evaluations of student achievement. Only two schools excelled: HJ Alexander and Weston Memorial. This week, in the first of several posts, I’ll have a look at CR Marchant’s EQAO results.

CR Marchant

Marchant is Weston’s middle school, located near Lawrence and Ralph. Marchant’s grade 6 students are performing worse than their peers in reading, writing, and math.

Over the past five years, while schools province-wide have been improving standardized test scores in reading and writing, CR Marchant has struggled. 74% of the all grade 6 students meet the provincial standard in reading. Only 55% of CR Marchant students do. This year is an improvement over last year, however. In 2010, less than half of Marchant students met the provincial reading standard.

Marchant is also having trouble getting its students to write well. While 72% of all grade 6 students meet the provincial standard, only 62% of Marchant students do.

The situation is even worse for mathematics. 46% of Marchant students—less than half—meet the standard, while 58% of all students do.

The problem is not because we live in Toronto. Schools in Toronto do reasonably well—almost exactly as well as the province as a whole does. Marchant is performing poorly for some other reason, and it’s not a fluke. The students at Marchant have performed worse than the city and province on every test, in every year that the EQAO has been administered.

Marchant students are not doing badly because they come from abroad: fewer students, in fact, were born outside Canada than in the city as a whole. Nor are they underperforming because they don’t speak English at home.


CR Marchant grade 6 EQAO results for this year
CR Marchant Grade 6 scores over time, compared to city and province

Author: Adam Norman

I am raising my two children in Weston.

4 thoughts on “Weston schools do poorly in rankings”

  1. Adam, some people might not realize that these scores are from last year’s grade 6 students.

    They are horrible scores though and are a reason many parents at Weston Memo are considering sending their children to other middle schools.

  2. i would love to hear any theories as to why the poor scores? Any parents of CR Marchant kids care to comment?

  3. Bridgette, having had 2 kids in CR before and one who is going into grade 6 next year (not at CR hopefully). I can say that part of the reasons have been (to my knowledge)

    A) the large number of special ed students who’s scores, or lack thereof, were included in the numbers

    B) the large catchment of schools that feed into CR. While students at our local schools (Weston Memo, Pelmo and HJ) are doing well in the k-5 they are joined by other schools, thus diluting the numbers from “our” (Weston area) children.

    C) the enviornment that is within the school. Having heard from friends who’s children have been in CR more recently than my sons I can say that there was teacher turnover, teachers that were not motivating etc.

    I think the way to make sure your child will excel if you send them to CR is quite easy. Be involved, make yourself part of the school, make sure that the Principal and your child(ren)’s teachers know who you are, have multiple ways to contact you and above all make sure your children don’t hang out after school, tell you who their friends are and are busy.

    The new principal at CR is going to be coming to Weston Memo at the principal’s request, to speak to the parents of grade 5 students in the new year.

  4. I am loathe to send my kids out of their community to another middle school, hence I would like to make c.r. marchant “work” for us. If it is as bad as being depicted here, what are the other options? My oldest is in grade 5. Any info would be appreciated.

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