Sparwood elementary students rank highest in the Elk Valley

Frank J. Mitchell Elementary School received a score of 8.2 on the Fraser Institute's report that ranks the province's elementary schools.

The Fraser Institute has released its annual report ranking the province’s elementary students, and of the three schools in the Elk Valley, Sparwood’s Frank J. Mitchell Elementary has come out on top.

Frank J. Mitchell was given an overall score of 8.2, coming in 85th place out of B.C.’s 853 elementary schools. Elkford’s Rocky Mountain Elementary School scored a 5.9 and came in 420th and Fernie’s Isabella Dicken Elementary School received a 5.6. and came in 484th.

The report is based on a standardized group of tests known as the FSA (Foundation Skills Assessment). The annual province-wide assessment tests grades four and seven students’ foundation skills in four subjects: reading, comprehension, writing, and numeracy.

Twelve schools tied for the number one spot. Eleven of the 12 were private schools, with the exception being public school Westbay Elementary in West Vancouver.