The best elementary schools in Markham, Ontario

The best elementary schools in Markham, Ontario

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The best elementary schools in Markham, OntarioMarkham may be dubbed Canada’s high-tech capital, due to the fact over 1,000 technology companies are based here, but at its heart, the city is most known for being a great place to raise a family.

From its great parks, strong sense of community, myriad of recreational activities for the kids and above all, top-notch schools, Markham ticks all the boxes of an ideal family-oriented suburb.

When it comes to schools, in particular, Markham has one of the highest concentrations of top ranking schools in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Below, TheRedPin has listed out the best elementary schools in Markham, factoring in scores from the Fraser Institute rankings organization and the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO).

Best public elementary schools in Markham

Castlemore Public School

  • Type: Public School
  • Fraser Insitute: 9.7/10
  • Address: 256 Ridgecrest Road
  • Principal: Gwendolyn Emmerson
  • Students: 768
  • Phone: 905-887-1543

Located at the northern tip of Markham’s Berczy neighbourhood, just south of Major Mackenzie Drive, Castlemore Public School (PS) is recognized as one of the best elementary schools in the entire province, let alone just Markham.

According to the Fraser Institute, Castlemore PS comes in as the seventh best public elementary school in all of Ontario.

The EQAO also gives the school top marks in terms of academic performance, as over 90 per cent of students at Castlemore PS perform at or above provincial benchmarks, with the only exception being Junior students in Mathematics, where 88 per cent excel beyond the Ontario standard.

Founded in 2002, the school has seen some notable upgrades over the years, including the addition of eight new classrooms. Overall, Castlemore PS features a variety of classrooms catered to every subject area with four computer labs, separate music and art rooms, a gymnasium as well as dedicated rooms for special education and English as a Second Language classes. Students can also keep active outdoors at Castlemore PS’s soccer field.  

Around the corner from the elementary school is Frederick Bagg Park, which includes a playground and gazebo.

Castlemore Public School BoundaryCastlemore Public School Boundary

Buttonville Public School

  • Type: Public School
  • Fraser Insitute: 9.4/10
  • Address: 141 John Button Boulevard
  • Principal: Asha Rathod
  • Students: 486
  • Phone: 905-513-9880

Nestled along a quiet tree-lined street across from sprawling million-dollar detached homes, the setting of Buttonville Public School (PS) can only be described as upscale and suburban.

Founded in 1999, Buttonville PS ranks in the top one per cent of all elementary schools in Ontario based on Fraser Institute’s ratings. The EQAO also reports that over 90 per cent of Primary students perform at or beyond Ontario’s standards in the areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics. Meanwhile, for Junior students, the percentages hover between 79 and 88 per cent in the areas of Mathematics and Reading / Writing respectively.

Along with its full-time Primary and Junior classes, the school also includes a child care centre in its bounds, that offers Nursery and Kindergarten classes as well as Before & After School programs.

If you’d like to keep up with the school’s activities, make sure to visit the Buttonville PS Twitter account here. The school’s namesake neighbourhood of Buttonville is predominantly made up of traditional-style detached homes that sell for seven-figures.

Buttonville Public School BoundaryButtonville Public School Boundary

Coledale Public School

  • Type: Public School
  • Fraser Insitute: 9/10
  • Address: 60 Coledale Road
  • Principal: Catherine Arnold
  • Students: 546
  • Phone: 905-940-0123

Located in the north-west corner of Unionville, Coledale Public School (PS) first opened its doors over half-a-century ago.

The third and final public elementary score in Markham to nab a score of 9/10 by the Fraser Institute, Coledale is home to a diverse student body with around 23 per cent of Primary students and 39 per cent of Juniors having been born outside of Canada.

In terms of academic performance, over 86 per cent of students at Coledale PS meet or exceed provincial standards in the main subject areas of Reading, Writing and Mathematics – even shooting up to 90 per cent in Writing.

Coledale Public School Boundary

Coledale Public School Boundary

Stonebridge Public School

  • Type: Public School
  • Fraser Insitute: 8.8/10
  • Address: 168 Stonebridge Drive
  • Principal: Yvonne Chan
  • Students: 792
  • Phone: 905-887-2427

Situated at the corner of Wilfred Murison Avenue and Stonebridge Drive in the neighbourhood of Berczy, Stonebridge Public School (PS) has remained committed to its motto “respect, responsibility and academic excellence” since it first opened in 2003.

According to the Fraser Institute, Stonebridge PS scores in the top second percentile of all schools in Ontario. The EQAO also states that at least 89 per cent of students at Stonebridge PS perform at or above provincial standards in Reading and Writing. In Mathematics, that figure stands at 92 per cent for Primary students and 82 per cent for Juniors.

Stonebridge PS is also ideally located right next to the Markham Stonebridge YMCA Centre. The YMCA includes a licensed child care centre staffed with qualified early childhood educators and programs that extend to as long as 6:00 pm for kids between four to 12 years old.

Belgrave Park is also close by the school and features a playground for the kids.

Stonebridge Public School BoundaryStonebridge Public School

Best Catholic elementary schools in Markham

Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys

  • Type: Catholic School
  • Fraser Insitute: 10/10
  • Address: 111 John Button Boulevard
  • Director: Mazzawi Lara
  • Students: 443
  • Phone: 905-470-0815

The only elementary school in Markham to score a perfect 10 by the Fraser Institute (and one of only nine in all Ontario to do so), the French-speaking school ÉÉC Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys easily tops this list.

For over 25 years, the school has brought together Francophone culture, Catholic values and a supportive and positive environment conducive to learning to the City of Markham. Located in the neighbourhood of Buttonville, the Catholic school educates over 400 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6.

Students at ÉÉC Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys excel in all major subject areas. According to the EQAO, at least 93 per cent of Grade 3 and Grade 6 students perform at or above provincial standards in Reading, Writing and Mathematics – even shooting up as high as 100% for Writing.

Personalized coaching to students, assured fluency in both French and English and full-time Kindergarten programs are just some of the school’s standout features.

It’s worth noting, Sainte-Marguerite-Bourgeoys does outline some admission requirements. For one, at least one of an attending child’s parents must be Catholic. Plus, all children must have, at some point, been exposed to French either as a first language or in their elementary education.

St Francis Xavier Catholic

  • Type: Catholic School
  • Fraser Insitute: 8.9/10
  • Address: 223 Highglen Avenue
  • Principal: Maria Garofalo
  • Students: 259
  • Phone: 905-470-2225

Founded in 1987, St Francis Xavier is located at the centre of Markham’s Milliken Mills East neighbourhood, just across the street from Randall Park (which features soccer and rugby fields as well as a baseball diamond).

Listed in the top second percentile of all elementary schools in the province by the Fraser Institute with a score of 8.9/10, the school promotes a Christ-centered learning environment where teachers not only serve as educators but also life mentors who help children identify their strengths and advise them on their long term career goals.

According to EQAO, 76 per cent of Primary students at St Francis Xavier perform at or above the provincial standards in Reading, while over 82 per cent meet or exceed the benchmark in Writing and Mathematics.

Junior students excel in Reading and Writing, with at least 82 per cent of students performing at or beyond Ontario’s standards. In Mathematics, the figure stood at a marginally lower 64 per cent.

Aside from academics, St Francis Xavier offers a variety extracurriculars, including volleyball and basketball teams, track and field as well as an eco-club for young and passionate environmentalists. The school also recently launched a French immersion program and offers assistance for children with learning disabilities.

San Lorenzo Ruiz

  • Type: Catholic School
  • Fraser Insitute: 8.7/10fr
  • Address: 840 Bur Oak Avenue
  • Principal: Diane Alberico
  • Students: 580
  • Phone: 905-202-2430

Situated at the corner of Roy Rainey and Bur Oak Avenue in the Markham neighbourhood of Wismer, San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Elementary School (CES) ranks in the top 100 of all elementary schools in Ontario according to the Fraser Institute.

Digging deeper into academic performance, by subject area, the EQAO found 77 and 79 per cent of Primary students at the school meet or excel beyond provincial standards in Mathematics and Reading respectively. In Writing, the number shot up to 87 per cent.

Junior student performance was even more notable with at least 93 per cent of students meeting or beating benchmarks in Reading and Writing. In Mathematics, the percentage did dip slightly to 79 per cent.

San Lorenzo is also conveniently located near Wismar Park, which features a soccer field, basketball court, playground and plenty of open green space.

* Rankings and student body information are provided by Fraser Institute and EQAO.
* School boundaries are subject to change. Visit the York Region School Board for a complete list of school boundary information.

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