BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Business First has released its annual rankings for top local schools. Tuesday, they released elementary schools.
Christ the King School heads this year's standings, the third straight time a different school has been No. 1.
The Amherst school supplants 2012's leader, Ledgeview Elementary School of Clarence, which previously replaced 2011's top entry, Southern Tier Catholic School of Olean.
Full details will be available in Business First's 2013-2014 Guide to Western New York Schools.
This isn't the first time that Christ the King has led the rankings. It topped its category three straight years between 2004 and 2006, back when Business First rated private and public schools separately.
VIEW THE TOP 20 SCHOOLS THIS YEAR BELOW
But this year's honor carries considerably more weight, since it indicates that Christ the King is outperforming elementary schools of all types across the eight-county region.
Business First analyzed 281 elementary schools across Western New York, using 2009-2012 standardized test results for third and fourth graders. All figures came from the New York State Education Department.
THE TOP 20 ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS IN BUSINESS FIRST'S RANKINGS (EACH SCHOOL IS FOLLOWED BY THE DISTRICT IN WHICH IT'S LOCATED; SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR ABBREVIATIONS)
1. Christ the King School (Amherst)
2. St. John Vianney School (Orchard Park)
3. St. Gregory the Great School (Williamsville)
4. Ledgeview ES (Clarence)
5. Lewiston-Porter Primary Education Center (Lewiston-Porter)
6. Marilla PS (Iroquois)
7. Country Parkway ES (Williamsville)
8. Christian Central Academy (Williamsville)
9. Southern Tier Catholic School (Olean)
10. St. Paul Lutheran School (Batavia)
11. Our Lady of Pompeii School (Lancaster)
12. South Davis ES (Orchard Park)
13. Maple East ES (Williamsville)
14. Elmwood Village CS (Buffalo)
15. Nardin Academy ES (Buffalo)
16. Sherman ES (Sherman)
17. Big Tree ES (Frontier)
18. Immaculate Conception School (East Aurora)
19. P.S. 64 Frederick Law Olmsted (Buffalo)
20. Maple West ES (Williamsville)
ABBREVIATIONS: CS-Charter School, EMS-Elementary-Middle School, ES-Elementary School, HS-High School, IS-Intermediate School, JHS-Junior High School, JSHS-Junior-Senior High School, MHS-Middle-High School, MS-Middle School, PS-Primary School, SHS-Senior High School, VHS-Vocational High School.
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