The Best Elementary Schools in Milton, Ontario
Whether your children are attending school in the Fall or still a few years out, school availability is a major concern for many parents when moving to a new house. This list aims to help you feel as prepared as possible when it comes time to make the choice of elementary schools in Milton, Ontario.
What extra-curricular programs does a school offer? Does it go all the way from Kindergarten to Grade 8 or will students need to change schools several times before high school? These are both reasonable questions that don’t get addressed when schools are compared by scores alone. Instead, past EQAO scores will be weighed alongside special programs offered, extracurricular activities, and the steps students take from Elementary to Secondary school to narrow down the best choice for your family.
5. Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School
Opening the list with a strong start, the first school is Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School. Located in the neighbourhood of Old Milton, this Halton Catholic District School Board school takes children from Kindergarten through to Grade 8. Holy Rosary’s boundaries are quite expansive, the English program borders covering all of the Old Milton core, the north half of nearby Timberlea, and a large area of the north and west rural Milton. The Extended French Immersion track accepts students from an even wider area that includes Dorset Park, Dempsey, Clarke, all of Timberlea, and also Bronte Meadows.
As for the school itself, Holy Rosary checks a lot of important boxes - not the least of which is its academic performance. In the last 4 years of EQAO testing, Holy Rosary maintained an average of 7.2 out of 10. On the most recent test, the school held the highest score of all schools in Milton with a 7.9. Holy Rosary offers the Extended French Immersion Program starting in Grade 5 alongside the K-to-8 English track. Those academics are supplemented with various extra-curricular clubs and teams like Games Club, Homework Club, Book Club, School Choir, and sports teams. Holy Rosary continues its trend of academic excellence by feeding into Bishop P.F. Reding Secondary School, Milton’s highest scoring high school, for Grades 9 to 12.
4. Chris Hadfield Public School
Named after the famous Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield Public School takes students from Kindergarten through to Grade 8. The school is located in the northeastern neighbourhood of Dempsey. The school boundaries serve residents of Dempsey exclusively and reported a total of 690 students last year. Dempsey is a popular neighbourhood for families due to its conveniences, amenities, and proximity to the 401 and GO Station. After finishing Grade 8, students move on to Craig Kielburger High School for Grades 9 to 12.
In the last 4 years, Chris Hadfield Public School has been steadily improving its EQAO averages. In the jump between the 2018 and 2019 results, the school improved in all subjects for both Grade 3 and Grade 6, resulting in a 7.3 out of 10 ranking and scores that exceeded provincial expectations. Scores asides, the school also has a sizable percentage of ESL teachers and S.E.R.T (special education resource teachers) on staff. Chris Hadfield’s library is a fantastic resource within the school. The library has tools and catalogues available online which it uses to promote literacy at home and participate in Summer Reading Programs offered by the school board. The library has a really positive Twitter presence as well, continuing to encourage research and learning even over the Summer!
3. St. Benedict Catholic Elementary School
St. Benedict is another strong Catholic Elementary school in Milton. Students attend St. Benedict from Kindergarten to Grade 8 seamlessly then advance to nearby St. Francis Xavier for the remaining grades. Having both schools close to home is a great boon to parents and students alike. St. Benedict is located in the southern Willmott neighbourhood, but the school boundaries also cover the very eastern side of Harrison as well as scattered south and west rural coverage. Willmott is one of Milton’s newer neighbourhoods and the school itself opened its doors in 2014!
In provincial testing, St. Benedict has remained impressively consistent since it first opened. St. Benedict not only demonstrates consistency in its Reading, Writing, and Math scores, but also quality. The school currently holds an average score of 7.7 out of 10 for the last 4 years of tests. In addition to a good average, St. Benedict’s most recent scores mark it as a top school in Milton. St. Benedict offers an English track with Core French, Extended French Immersion, and French Immersion programs. As for extra-curricular activities, athletically-inclined students can choose between Cross Country, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Track and Field, and Ice Hockey. St. Benedict’s healthy selection of clubs offers Spirit Club, ECO Club, a French Cafe, Public Speaking, Games Club, and Lego-Robotics Club among a long list of diverse options.
2. Anne J. MacArthur Public School
Nearing the top spot, we have the top-ranked Halton District School Board school, Anne J. MacArthur. Anne J. MacArthur is located at the heart of the Willmott neighbourhood. The boundaries for its Kindergarten to Grade 8 English track are restricted to Willmott, but its French Immersion Program boundaries are expanded to include Scott, the east and south sides of Harrison, Coates, and southern rural Milton coverage. Anne J. MacArthur is another one of Milton’s newer schools, opening in 2012. After graduating Anne J. MacArthur, students attend Milton District High School or Craig Kielburger High School for Grades 9 to 12 depending on their area.
The name of the school honours one of Milton’s earliest community members. Anne J. MacArthur was a teacher, activist, and local political figure active throughout the 1900s. Anne J. MacArthur takes after its namesake in both community involvement and academics. In addition to several sports teams under the Mustang banner, students can opt to join the Young Activists Social Justice Club which raises money and collects donations for international causes and Milton Community causes. On the academic side, Anne J. MacArthur is among the top performing Elementary schools in Milton. Over the last 4 years of EQAO tests, the school has consistently performed above the provincial average, with each year scoring over 7.0 out of 10 and the most recent test sporting the best score yet of 7.5 out of 10. Students can choose between the Kindergarten to Grade 8 English track or the Grade 2 to 8 French Immersion track as well.
1. Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School
At number one, we have Guardian Angels Catholic Elementary School. Located in the Hawthorne Village area of the southeastern neighbourhood of Beaty, Guardian Angels takes students from Kindergarten through to Grade 8. After graduating, students go on to the recently renamed St. Francis Xavier Catholic Secondary School. Guardian Angels has an ideal blend of great location, extra-curricular offerings, and stellar scores that all come together to form one of the best elementary schools in Milton. Starting with its location, the school boundaries cover all of the popular Beaty neighbourhood. The school is pretty centrally located and within walking distance for a lot of the neighbourhood.
Guardian Angels also stands out academically with EQAO scores that are consistently excellent. In the last 4 tests, they have been among the town’s top performing schools, annually exceeding provincial standards by several points. Their results demonstrate one of the best averages in Milton with a strong 7.8 out of 10. Complimenting the exemplary academics, Guardian Angels has an exciting variety of extra-curricular options for students. There are clubs for Glee, Coding, Drama, Homework, Poetry, and STEM, school community groups like Green Team, Reading Buddies, and Primary Helpers, and plenty of sports options from Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, and Volleyball. There are so many avenues for students to pursue a current interest or explore a couple of new ones to round out their studies.
These five schools are just a snippet of the quality Milton has to offer. With over 25 total Elementary Schools in Milton, there were a lot of strong schools that didn’t make it onto the list. If you want to learn more about the Town of Milton, take a look at our Guide to Milton, Ontario or our Best Neighbourhoods in Milton.