So you’re thinking of moving to Oshawa. You’ve done your research about important things like the neighborhoods, the types of homes, the distance to the highway or GO train station to get to work, and all that fun stuff. You’ve got a couple of kids (maybe more), and the quality of the schools and settling in a great neighborhood that meets the school catchment area is important to you.
In this blog below we’ve put together a list of all the top-ranked public and Catholic elementary schools throughout the City of Oshawa. You’re in luck: there’s an abundance of great schools to choose from in a variety of neighborhoods!
The list is based on data compiled by the Fraser Institute. The organization is a non-profit and has developed a school ranking website to help determine how a school compares academically to other schools in the area going back several years.
Based on these rankings, here are the top-rated elementary schools in Oshawa, Ontario.
Topping our list of the best elementary schools in Oshawa with a 9.1 Fraser Institute rating is École élémentaire Antonine Maillet. Located at 615 Ridgeway Ave in the McLaughlin neighborhood, this French Viamonde School board public school serves kindergarteners to grade 6 and has an enormous catchment area encompassing practically all of Oshawa!
As a relatively new elementary school in Oshawa (opened in September 2018), Northern Dancer Public School is home to about 650 students. With an 8.6 Fraser Institute rating, the school is located at 2200 Bridle Rd in the Windfields neighborhood of northwestern Oshawa. Kindergarteners to grade 8 students are welcome to attend.
Located at 1935 Ritson Rd N in the neighborhood of Samac in north Oshawa, Kedron Public School serves a student population of about 400 from kindergarten to grade 8. The school has a 8.0 Fraser Institute score.
With a 7.4 Fraser Institute score, St Hedwig Catholic School is located at 421 Olive Ave in the Central neighborhood of Oshawa. Part of the Durham Catholic District School Board, the school was originally built in 1958. Serving students from kindergarten to grade 6, St. Hedwig Catholic School belongs to the Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary family of schools giving students transitioning to secondary school opportunities to join clubs and attend special events before starting high school.
Serving kindergarteners to grade 8 students, St Christopher Catholic School has a 6.9 Fraser Institute rating. Located at 431 Annapolis Ave in the McLaughlin neighborhood, the school also offers students French Immersion in grades 1 through 8. Openings its doors in 1956, St. Christopher Catholic School also belongs to the Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School family of schools.
With a 6.9 Fraser Institute score, St John Bosco Catholic School is located 1600 Clearbrook Dr in the Taunton neighborhood in northeast Oshawa. Offering education from kindergarten to grade 8, the school also belongs to the Monsignor Pail Dwyer Catholic High School family of schools.
One of the largest elementary schools in Oshawa, Sherwood Public School serves a student population of approximately 800 students. Located at 633 Ormond Dr in the Samac neighborhood, the school provides education from kindergarten through to grade 8. The school has a 6.7 Fraser Institute rating.
Located at 195 Athabasca St in the Donevan neighborhood, St. John XXIII Catholic School was opened in 1968. With a 6.7 Fraser Institute score, the school serves students from kindergarten to Grade 6. St. John XXIII Catholic School also belongs to the Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School family of schools.
With a 6.7 Fraser Institute rating, St Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic School offers education to students from kindergarten to grade 8. Located at 1425 Coldstream Dr in the Taunton neighborhood of northeast Oshawa, the school also belongs to the Monsignor Paul Dwyer Catholic High School family of schools.
Serving students from kindergarten to grade 8, Pierre Elliott Trudeau Public School is named after Canada’s 15h Prime Minister. With a 6.6 Fraser Institute score, the school is located at 1111 Beatrice St E in the Pinecrest neighborhood.
The final entry on our list of the best elementary schools in Oshawa is Sunset Heights Public School. Built in 1954, the school currently has a student population of over 300 ranging from kindergarten to grade 8. With a 6.6 Fraser Institute score, Sunset Heights is located at 1130 Mohawk St in the Centennial neighborhood.
* Rankings and student body information are provided by Fraser Institute
* To find your school based on your address, use this handy school locator from the Durham District School Board and Durham Catholic District School Board to find even more information about schools in Durham Region including phone numbers:. School boundaries are subject to change: https://www.ddsb.ca/en/our-schools/find-a-school.aspx and for the Durham Catholic District School Board at https://www.dcdsb.ca/en/schools/Find-My-Local-Catholic-School.aspx