We are proud to announce that Renert School was ranked #1 among all Alberta high schools in 2015-16 on the basis of our students’ performance on diploma examinations (see http://www.eightleaves.com/alberta-high-school-rankings).
Every year, Eight Leaves, an Alberta data analytics company, ranks Alberta high schools by their overall diploma exam averages in the core academic subjects. 2015-16 was the first year in which Renert School was included in the ranking, since in the previous two years our classes were too small. Even though only our Mathematics 30-1 results were used in the ranking (as the other classes were still considered to be too small to be included), we ourselves undertook to calculate the average of all diploma exams taken at Renert School in 2015-16. The overall average of the 24 examinations, taken by 12 Renert School students, in English, Social Studies, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics was 86.2%. It is the highest average among all Alberta schools for 2015-16, and confirms our ranking in the #1 spot.
Congratulations to our students and teachers for this outstanding result. We should note that most of the students who took their exams in 2015-16 did so in Grades 9-11, years ahead of grade level. This freed them to pursue subsequent university-level studies at Renert while still at high school. Congratulations also to the other schools who ranked in the top 10. It is a privilege to share the ranking with other excellent schools dedicated to good academics. Our students’ success is a direct result of
- the school’s commitment to academic excellence;
- the parents’ dedication and support of the school and its programs;
- teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty to bring Serious Fun to their classes; and
- students who know the value of hard work and apply themselves consistently.
Our first-place ranking is an astonishing result for our young school. At Renert, we never focused on being #1 on standardized tests. It has never been the end goal, nor is it the vision. We do not select nor do we retain our students on the basis of their predicted performance on diploma examinations. We do, however, promise and strive for rigorous, exciting, and rewarding academic programs, delivered by excellent mentors. We consider the high diploma exam results to be a natural byproduct of this vision.
Our students’ achievements on standardized tests are a small part in a broad tapestry of other accomplishments – in “Aladdin”, on the Ninja Warrior course, in Reach for The Top, in science fairs, in chess tournaments, in the High Altitude Space Platform (HASP), in university courses, on the volleyball court, in mathematics competitions, on the dance floor, in service projects, and in giving back to the community. We are confident that Renert School will keep on doing very well academically for years to come, as long as we keep our focus on Teaching and Learning through Serious Fun.
– Dr. Moshe and Aaron Renert