elementary schools

For parents with kids just starting school or transferring schools due to an upcoming move, the quality of schools are an important factor in the decision-making process when finding the right home to purchase. Schools should have a convenient location, a great curriculum and staff, as well as offer opportunities for students to grow well beyond the classroom. Luckily, Pickering offers parents many options in a variety of neighborhoods for just that!

The best elementary schools in Pickering are based below on data put together 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 throughout the years. The ranking system used also shows if the school is improving, declining or remaining steady over the most recent five year period.Based on these rankings, here are the top-rated elementary schools in Pickering, Ontario

1. Elizabeth B Phin Public School 

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Located at 1500 Rougemont Drive in the Rougemount neighborhood, E.B. Phin serves students in kindergarten up to their final year in elementary school in grade 8. Topping the Fraser Institute rankings with an 8.9 out of a possible 10, the school has a rich history going back to humble beginnings as a two-room schoolhouse in 1940.

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2. Gandatsetiagon Public School

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This elementary school in Pickering is located at 1868 Parkside Drive in the Amberlea neighborhood. Gandatsetiagon Public School welcomes students from kindergarten to grade 8. Founded in 1987, it has an exceptional Fraser Institute score of 8.6. 

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3. William Dunbar Public School

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With a Fraser Institute score of 8.4, the William Dunbar Public School is located at 1030 Glenanna Rd in the Liverpool neighborhood of Pickering. William Dunbar accommodates students between kindergarten to grade 8. With an active School Community Council, the school encourages family and community participation in their school environment.

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4. Altona Forest Public School

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This elementary school in Pickering is located at 405 Woodsmere Crescent in the neighborhood of Amberlea. Altona Forest Public School has a great Fraser Institute score of 8.0 and serves approximately 345 students from kindergarten to grade 8.

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5. Rosebank Road Public School

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With a solid Fraser Institute score of 8.0, Rosebank Road Public School is located at 591 Rosebank Rd S in the neighborhood of Rosebank near the Rouge National Urban Park in Toronto. While the school serves a smaller student population of around 200, kids between kindergarten to grade 8 can still attend in the catchment area. 

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6. Valley Farm Public School 

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Located at 1615 Pepperwood Gate in the neighborhood of Brock Ridge, Valley Farm Public School delivers education to kindergarteners to grade 8. With a Fraser Institute score of 7.9, the school has a large student body of around 650 making it one of the largest elementary schools in all of Durham Region.

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7. Maple Ridge Public School

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This elementary school is located at 2010 Bushmill St in the Liverpool neighborhood, one of the largest neighborhoods in Pickering. With an English as well as French immersion stream, Maple Ridge Public School scores favorably on the Fraser Institute’s scale at 7.8. Built in 1988, the school has a very active School Community Council. 

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8. Vaughan Willard Public School

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Like Maple Ridge Public School, Vaughan Willard is also located in the Liverpool neighborhood at 1911 Dixie Rd N. With a good Fraser Institute rating of 7.5, the school was built back in 1957 and was much smaller with additions built throughout the years as the school population grew. Like most elementary schools in Pickering, Vaughan Willard serves students from kindergarten to grade 8.

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9. Westcreek Public School

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Coming in at the ninth spot on the list is Westcreek Public School with a Fraser Institute rating of 7.4. The school is located at 1779 Westcreek Dr in the neighborhood of Highbush in the western most part of Pickering. Kids from kindergarten to grade 8 are welcome to attend the school in the catchment area.

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10. Highbush Public School

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Rounding out the best elementary schools in Pickering is Highbush Public School. With a Fraser Institute score of 7.3, this school is located at 605 Strouds Ln in the Amberlea neighborhood. With a student population of more than 500 (and expected to grow further due to new housing development in the area), Highbush is one of the larger schools in Pickering serving the community with education for kids from kindergarten to grade 8.

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* 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 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