Canada's Fraser Institute named Beth Rivkah Academy of Montreal, a Jewish day school operated by Chabad-Lubavitch, as one of the top performing secondary schools in Quebec.

The school clinched the first runner-up prize in the academic achievement in excess of expectations division of the Fraser Institute's first-ever Garfield Weston Awards. The educational research firm surveyed the school performance data of 466 secondary schools across the province over the last five years.

Karen Elkeslassy, principal of Beth Rivkah's secular studies program, accepted the $1,000 prize, which recognizes the school's commitment to academic excellence despite monetary hurdles, at a Frasier Institute dinner on April 22.

"The teachers, support staff and administrators from these schools are committed to their students and are working hard to improve education in their community," said Peter Cowley, director of school performance studies at the Fraser Institute.

"Beth Rivkah Academy has served the Jewish population in Montreal since its founding by the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory, in 1956," said Rabbi Mendel Marasow, the school's executive director. "As a true community school, where all children are welcomed and accepted, we are delighted to be the first Jewish school in Montreal to be recognized as an excellence-inclusive school."

"It is thanks to our dedicated teachers and staff that we are able to teach all children," echoed Rabbi Yosef Minkowitz, Beth Rivkah's director. "To be acknowledged for our vision and success is heartwarming."