Parents should be able to choose which schools are best for their children instead of being confined to a geographical area, says the latest report card on Nova Scotia schools from an Atlantic Canadian think tank.

The Atlantic Institute for Market Studies ranks schools in Atlantic Canada on their academic strengths and weaknesses.

» SCHOOL RANKINGS: Click here for the full report card

“Some kids are going to be particularly interested in the social sciences, they’re going to be good at writing things, or they’re good at math, or they’re experimental and they like the sciences,” president Charles Cirtwill said.

“That’s the way you should be using this report card.”

Nova Scotia and other Atlantic provinces don’t allow parents to choose what school their child attends, and that needs to change, he said.

This is the eighth year AIMS has produced the report card.

The three top schools haven’t changed from last year: Cape Breton Highlands Academy in Terre Noire is in first place, followed by Charles P. Allen High School in Bedford and Barrington Municipal High School.

Memorial High School in Sydney Mines and West Kings District High School in Auburn also moved up the ranks from last year.