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Behind a small independent boys school's EQAO success

What is often being lauded these days in Ontario is the quality of the education system, especially by the "Premier of Education," Dalton McGuinty. However, there is one issue that needs some redress.

The much touted improvement in EQAO scores for the entire province isn't quite accurate when one examines how each respective gender is performing. (Click here to read the EQAO School and School Board Profiles and Reports.)

In fact, what Ontarians are presented with is the average of female and male scores. Not quite reality, Mr. McGuinty. As an example, the province of Ontario reported an EQAO score of 73 in the Writing category for both Grade 3 and Grade 6, but in reality the male score was 67 in each category, with a much higher female score of 80 and 82 respectively. Alarm bells should be ringing for any parent of a male child!

Is it that the boys cannot do the curriculum? Are female students suddenly more intelligent? No. Northmount School, an all-boys, independent Catholic school, in Toronto, Ontario, has been writing the EQAO for the past four years, and has handily outshone their provincial counterparts, both male and female. (Click here for Northmount School's EQAO results.) With some recent media reports questioning the credibility of independent schools in Ontario, is it not interesting that a school of that ilk has participated in the same testing, which the province's publicly funded schools must take, and has done exceedingly well?

This is a verification of quality and delivery of education from an external and highly legitimate source. Why the high success rate?

  • A curriculum based on the Ontario Program of Studies, but geared to boys through experiential learning and differentiated assessment and education.
  • A literacy program with titles geared to the interests of boys.
  • Short lessons, with diversity and opportunities for learning strategies.
  • Classifying "Boy Behaviour" as normal not based on the feminization of education model, where female behaviour is the gold standard.
  • A mathematics program that favours numeration, applicable to life problems, and calculation; not discussing one's feelings about answers and a language arts-based mathematics diary.
  • A genuine counselling and nurturing of positive masculinity through a spirit of service, social graces, virtues and athletics.
  • Leaving nothing to accident or secondary and tertiary effects, but developing the entire young man through genuine character education that has as its tenets service, empathy, academic confidence and belonging.
  • Academic competitions that encourage collaboration and peer editing/consultation.
  • Preparation for EQAO through a dynamic and balanced curriculum rather than pressure-filled month(s) of test preparation, which take away from valuable instruction time.

Boys learn very quickly that co-ed environments are now geared toward the advancement of female learning and development. During elementary school, boys observe that the girls are often the better students, the organizers of student events, the majority of representation in the arts, and the leaders of the school.

"The all-boys format has advantages at every age, kindergarten through high school. But the advantages of the all-boys format are perhaps greater for primary age boys than they are for teenage boys." -Dr. Leonard Sax, Boys Adrift
—Manfred J. von Vulte
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Crescent School (est. 1913)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • Day school (750 students)
Crescent School is a Toronto independent day school for boys in Grades 3 to 12. Our learning environment develops students' characters through academics, arts, athletics, business, outreach and robotics. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$34,150

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St. George's School (est. 1930)  

  • Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 8 to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (110 students)
  • Boarding school (110 students)
St. George's School in Vancouver offers university-preparatory program to Canadian and International boarding students from Grade 8 to 12. The School's mission: Building Fine Young Men. One Boy at a Time. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$52,570 to $71,490


HighSchools Boarding Boarding Boys 52570

Robert Land Academy (est. 1978)  

  • Wellandport, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (125 students)
Robert Land Academy is a private military-themed boarding school (Gr 5-12) helping boys to achieve their potential and gain admission to post-secondary programs. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$53,965 to $57,965

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Upper Canada College (est. 1829)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • SK to 12 Boys
  • Day school (1082 students)
  • Boarding school (88 students)
Located in the heart of Toronto, Upper Canada College is the oldest independent boys' school in Ontario. Our IB graduates are highly regarded by top universities and post-secondary institutions worldwide. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
  • International Baccalaureate
$33,300 to $61,860

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Northmount School (est. 1990)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Boys
  • Day school (125 students)
Northmount School offers an enriched curriculum in Catholic education from junior kindergarten to grade eight in Toronto. Its average class size is eight to 15 students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$17,400 to $21,300


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys 17400

The Sterling Hall School (est. 1987)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Boys
  • Day school (315 students)
The Sterling Hall School is a leading independent school for boys, JK to Grade 8. We understand how boys learn best and we support each boy in his learning journey. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$30,400


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys 30400

St. Peter's ACHS College School (est. 1990)  

  • Harrow, Ontario
  • 1 to 8 Boys
  • Boarding school (6 students)
  • Day school (13 students)
St. Peter's ACHS College School in Amherstburg, Ont. is a day/residency school for boys grades 1-8 who love Sports and the Outdoors. Tuition starts at $8,900. and is a member of OFIS. We put "FUN" back into learning. [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • Montessori
$8,500 to $29,000

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Selwyn House School (est. 1901)  

  • Westmount, Quebec
  • K to 11 Boys
  • Day school (550 students)
Selwyn House School provides a well-rounded education of exceptional depth and scope for boys from Kindergarten to Grade 11. It is located in Westmount, Quebec. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$19,880 to $25,760


Elementary MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys 19880

London International Academy (est. 2002)  

  • London, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Boys/Girls/Coed
  • Boarding school (150 students)
  • Boarding school (145 students)
  • Day school (5 students)
A Canadian Private Secondary Co-ed Boarding school, located in downtown London, Ontario. LIA offers academic courses from Grades 9-12 and is authorized to grant the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). [View profile]
  • Traditional
  • International Baccalaureate
$11,000 to $41,900


HighSchools Boarding Boarding Day Boys Girls Coed 11000

St. Michael's College School (est. 1852)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 7 to 12 Boys
  • Day school (1025 students)
St. Michael's College School offers students in Grades 7-12 an enriched, Catholic, liberal arts education complemented by a diverse co-curricular programme. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$20,150


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys 20150

Great Lakes Christian High School (est. 1952)  

  • Beamsville, Ontario
  • 9 to 12 Coed/Boys
  • Day school (62 students)
  • Boarding school (80 students)
  • Boarding school (52 students)
  • Homestay school (16 students)
Great Lakes Christian High School offers programs for grades nine through 12 in Beamsville. It accepts day and boarding students. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
$10,300 to $40,400


HighSchools Day Boarding Boarding Homestay Coed Boys 10300

St. Clement's Early Learning School (est. 1955)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • PS to 2 Coed/Boys
  • Day school (120 students)
  • Day school (25 students)
St. Clement's Early Learning School 70 St. Clements Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4R 1H2 St. Clement’s Early Learning School provides a child with an opportunity for growth in all areas of his or her development. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$8,500 to $20,500

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Preschool Kindergarten Elementary Day Day Coed Boys 8500

St. Andrew's College (est. 1899)  

  • Aurora, Ontario
  • 5 to 12 Boys
  • Day school (360 students)
  • Boarding school (260 students)
St. Andrew's College offers programs from grades 5 to 12 in Aurora. Its average class size is 17 students. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$36,920 to $68,720


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boarding Boys 36920

Linbrook School (est. 2014)  

  • Oakville, Ontario
  • JK to 8 Boys
  • Day school (180 students)
Linbrook School is Oakville's only all-boys school. This independent, not-for-profit day school fosters and supports each individual students special skills as an athlete, musician, performer, artist, writer or humanitarian. [View profile]
  • Traditional
$21,950 to $25,950


Kindergarten Elementary MiddleSchools Day Boys 21950

Royal St. George's College (est. 1964)  

  • Toronto, Ontario
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • Day school (426 students)
RSGC is an urban day school that combines academic excellence with a stimulating and supportive environment. Our mission is to challenge and inspire each boy to become the best version of himself. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$32,840


MiddleSchools HighSchools Day Boys 32840

Hampshire Country School (est. 1948)  

  • Rindge, New Hampshire(USA)
  • 3 to 12 Boys
  • Boarding school (25 students)
A friendly, active boarding school for bright boys who have good intentions but who may be too impulsive, intense, or bothersome for other schools and whose intellectual interests may separate them from their peers. [View profile]
  • Liberal Arts
US $61,500


MiddleSchools HighSchools Boarding Boys 61500

North Point School For Boys (est. 2014)  

  • Calgary, Alberta
  • K to 9 Boys
  • Day school (80 students)
North Point School for Boys is a Kindergarten to Grade 9 independent school in which curious and energetic boys are challenged and motivated, developing into young men of integrity with a genuine love of learning. [View profile]
  • Progressive
$7,000 to $12,000

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