How To Evaluate Toronto Schools When Buying a House

For some home buyers knowing how a school ranks is not part of their decision making process; however for others a school’s rating, ranking and reputation can play a huge part in their home buying decision. As parents, we know that our children will have long last benefits in attending a highly regarded school and as well your home’s value may see an increased benefit.

So, where to start?

Here are a few questions to start you off:

  • Check out the school’s website
  • Does the school have an active parent association?
  • What special services does the school offer, for example full time kindergarten, enriched programs, after school daycare?
  • Is enrollment increasing or declining – Toronto has seen several inner city schools close their doors due to a dwindling student population

Ever year the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) administers testing for both grades 3 and grade 6 to assess and rank students’ reading, writing and mathematics skills. The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) is a series of tests that measures how students knowledge compares to the provincial curriculum expectations. What you are are looking for is how well students at a specific school are meeting or exceeding the provincial standard.

TDSB 2010 – 2011 EQAO Results

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/_site/ViewItem.asp?siteid=9976&menuid=5812&pageid=5059

TCDSC 2010 – 2011 EQAO Results

http://www.tcdsb.org/schools/alphabetical%20school%20directory.html

It should also be noted that grade nine secondary students are tested each year in both academic and applied mathematics to assess comprehension. The results that parents should look for is both in the level 3 (meeting Ontario Provincial standards) or level 4 (exceeding Ontario Provincial Standards).

TDSB 2010 – 2011 EQAO Results Assessment in Grade Nine Mathematics

http://www.tdsb.on.ca/_site/ViewItem.asp?siteid=9976&menuid=5812&pageid=5059

TCDSB 2010 0 2011 EQAO Results Assessment in Grade Nine Mathematics

http://www.tcdsb.org/assessment/2011-09-14,%20EQAO%20Results%20for%20TCDSB.pdf

 

If you are looking to compare Toronto, or even Ontario elementary schools, look at the Fraser Institute’s Annual report on EQAO results.

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/uploadedFiles/fraser-ca/Content/research-news/research/publications/70ONEEL11COMP.pdf

 

Even though a coveted school may have little importance to you right now, when it comes to sell it might just be the top priority for the next family moving in after you.

 

Michael