Queen Charlotte school does well on rankings

  • Jul. 3, 2009 9:00 a.m.

Queen Charlotte Secondary has received one of the highest rankings of any high school in the north in the Fraser Institute’s annual survey of BC schools. The Fraser Institute’s report, released last month, reviews students’ performance on provincial exams, their graduation rates, and the gender gap in math and English for the school year 2007-2008, turning these factors into a rating out of 10. QCSS received a 6.5 out of 10, the highest rating it has received in the past five years. Of schools in northern BC, only Houston Secondary, Ebenezer in Smithers and D.P. Todd in Prince George did better. Based on the Fraser criteria of exam marks and graduation rates, QCSS was the 139th best high school in BC in 2007-08, out of 313. Queen Charlotte’s average exam mark in 2007-08 was 68.4, while students failed 11.1 percent of exams written. The school had no measurable “gender gap” in English or math, and its graduation rate was almost 95 percent. G.M. Dawson in Masset scored 0 out of 10 in the latest report, the same score it has received for the past five years. The school is listed on the rankings in last place, tied with Nisga’a in New Aiyansh, Delta Access and Kumsheen in Lytton. The average exam mark of Dawson students in 2007-08 was 50 percent, with students failing 45.5 percent of exams written. There was a significant gender gap in English and math with female students performing better in both subjects, and the school’s graduation rate was 75 percent.