Study finds public-school graduates outperform private students in undergraduate education

April 23, 2012

In a study assessing the academic performance of more than 4,500 students in a first-year physics class at UBC between 2002 and 2006, researchers found that students who had graduated from public schools in the Metro Vancouver area outperformed their peers arriving from private schools and school districts in more remote areas of BC. The Globe and Mail reports that the results contradict some commonly held beliefs, including that private schools give students an academic head start while students in low-income urban schools fall behind. "There’s a popular opinion (in Vancouver) that the west side is better than the east side and the independent schools are better than both," says one of the study's authors. "Popular opinion is probably wrong." Globe and Mail