A Khoja school has been ranked the top school in Ontario, Canada – as well as the area’s fastest-improving school.
Wali-ul-Asr school scored an exceptional 9.9 out of 10 this year, as in two previous consecutive years, having rocketed from 4.9 in 2015.
It is now ranked number one among 739 Ontario schools in the city’s report card.
The achievement is a hugely proud moment for the Khoja community.
The private school has been running for 12 years with 200 students from junior kindergarten to Grade 12. It is funded by donations and annual tuition fees of CAN $6,500.
Previous pupils include the youngest university graduate in Canada, who has completed two masters degrees at the age of 19.
School director Syed Adil said success was founded on “small class sizes and individualized attention; strong partnership and communication with parents; and extensive teacher training and sharing of best practice.”
An Office of Academic Excellence independently and continuously monitors academic progress and provides feedback to teachers and principals. It also reviews curriculums from around the world to help students gain in-depth understanding of key concepts, and caters to a wide spectrum of learning styles.
Wali-ul-Asr credits parent volunteers as a big part of the school’s success and often invites industry leaders and alumni as guest speakers.
Mr Adil added, however: “While we are very grateful and humbled by the ranking, we consider it to be one of the many data points that we use for tracking the progress of our school.”