TATAMAGOUCHE – A recently released report card grading school successes has ranked North Colchester High School as third in the province.

The report card looks at school performances from 2006 to 2009.

While the rural high school with an enrollment of about 114 students received a B+ grade, the much larger Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro with 1,572 students was issued a C + and listed in 33rd position.

Brookfield’s South Colchester Academy, with 434 students placed 42nd on the list also receiving a C+.

This was the ninth report complied by the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies.

“The purpose of the report card is to help all of us understand what is going on in our schools and work toward making it better for everyone. The report card is a guide,” said Charles Cirtwill, AIMS president and CEO. “It tells you where you should be asking questions and what types of questions you should be asking. If your math exam scores are low and half your kids are generally absent, then you have one problem. If everybody has been in class, and your exam scores are low, you have another.”

Dr. John Hugh Gillis Regional High School in Antigonish was at the top of the list with an A- grade, while Cape Breton Highlands Academy took second place with a B+ grade.

Oxford Regional High School in Cumberland County was at the bottom of the list, ranking 54th of 54 schools and falling from a C+ last year to a C-.

The entire report can be found at www.AIMS.ca.