Fraser Institute singles out Lake Cowichan Secondary School
Lake Cowichan Secondary School has been singled out as one of B.C.'s fastest-improving secondary schools in the annual Fraser Institute school ranking report.
The school's 6.3 rating — up from 5.9 the year before, and 4.8 the year before that — is part of an ascent that principal Peter Jory has previously attributed to taking advantage of the small-school model and a concerted effort from school staff to see every student graduate.
The effort has obviously paid off, with LKSS boasting a 100 per cent graduation rate since 2009.
Chemainus Secondary School, meanwhile, ranks second among the valley's public high schools, with a 6.0 rating that's down from 2010's 6.6.
Frances Kelsey is up to 5.3, compared to 4.6 the previous year, while Cowichan Secondary School saw a drop to 4.6 from 5.5 the year before.
And Brentwood College School sits in fifth place in the province with a 9.6 rating (up from 9.5 the year before); while Shawnigan Lake School is down slightly, to 8.4 from 8.6.
The Fraser Institute issues its controversial rankings of B.C.'s high schools every year in May. The results are compiled from data collected from the Ministry of Education, such as provincial exams and graduation rates.