We understand that many parents want the best school for their children. Basing your idea of "best" on third party rankings is fundamentally naïve, though. In fact, it can mislead families when they put undue emphasis on school rankings lists.
Please remember these basic points:
Regardless of any misgivings we have about school rankings, parents and families continue to consult such lists (sometimes out of simple curiosity, for sure). Searches for "best schools" and "school rankings" number roughly 20,000 per month in Canada, signalling the value parents and kids attribute to these ratings. Around the web, you'll find school rankings lists provided by everyone from the Fraser Institute to real estate agents and others who have no business telling parents which school is the "best." What's more, lists are rarely qualified with appropriate cautions or even reservations.
With that in mind, we think that people seeking school rankings should get them from Our Kids. We are the only source for rich information on hundreds of data points, collected directly from the schools themselves. We present these to you, parents and families, in easy-to-use tables, based on what's important to you.
We urge you to focus instead on a well-advised, holistic-minded school search process, fully research every aspect of schools, and be sure to meet with schools face-to face at school expos, open houses and/or school tours.