Toronto’s best elementary schools are pretty much all in one place

Toronto’s best elementary schools are pretty much all in one place

Seneca Hill Public School. (Image: Google Street View) Seneca Hill Public School. (Image: Google Street View)
 

The Fraser Institute has just released the latest version of its annual ranking of Ontario’s elementary schools, and, as in past years, there’s a distinct pattern. A 17-way tie for first place includes six Toronto schools. Half of them are concentrated in a single part of North York.

Hillmount, Arbor Glen and Seneca Hill, three top finishers, are all located within about two kilometres of each other between Steeles and Finch avenues, just west of the 404. What’s more, all three are public schools. Sathya Sai School, a private school that also has a place in the Fraser Institute’s top slot, is only a few kilometres away, at Warden Avenue and Ellesmere Road. (The two other first-place schools from Toronto are Cottingham Junior Public School, in Summerhill, and St. Michael’s Choir, a Catholic school that’s located downtown.)

The neighbourhoods surrounding this nexus of childhood education aren’t particularly expensive to buy into, at least by Toronto standards. The latest Toronto Real Estate Board data puts the average home price in Hillcrest Village at $541,194, while nearby Pleasant View comes in at $459,740. A family with young kids could find a bargain.