BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Buffalo's Nardin Academy High School once again is No. 1 in Business First's rankings of Western New York high schools. It has monopolized first place since the separate ratings of private and public high schools were consolidated in 2007.
"It's not something we talk about a lot," says Rebecca Reeder, principal of the Catholic all-girls school. "It just seems to continue to happen. Our students know they're going to be challenged and asked to produce good work. We're fortunate that they're so motivated and driven to succeed."
Yet this year's gap between Nardin and the runner-up, City Honors School of Buffalo, is just 0.51 points on Business First's 100-point scale. It's the first time that Nardin's margin of victory has been less than a full point.
Full details will be available in Business First's 2013-2014 Guide to Western New York Schools.
VIEW THE TOP 20 SCHOOLS THIS YEAR BELOW
City Honors, which draws top-flight students from all corners of Buffalo, has been Nardin's close rival ever since Business First added private schools to its high school rankings in 2002.
Nardin topped the private school list from 2002 to 2006, while City Honors was consistently No. 1 among public schools over the same five-year span.
Nardin began its long run atop the combined rankings in 2007, with City Honors always among the five best schools, including three years in second place.
Rounding out this year's top five are Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart (which is located in the Amherst district), East Aurora High School and Williamsville East High School.
TOP 20 HIGH SCHOOLS IN BUSINESS FIRST'S RANKINGS (EACH SCHOOL IS FOLLOWED BY THE DISTRICT IN WHICH IT'S LOCATED)
1. Nardin Academy High School (Buffalo)
2. City Honors School (Buffalo)
3. Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart (Amherst)
4. East Aurora High School (East Aurora)
5. Williamsville East High School (Williamsville)
6. Clarence Senior High School (Clarence)
7. Mount St. Mary Academy (Kenmore-Tonawanda)
8. Williamsville North High School (Williamsville)
9. Holy Angels Academy (Buffalo)
10. Christian Central Academy (Williamsville)
11. Maple Grove Junior Senior High School (Bemus Point)
12. St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute (Kenmore-Tonawanda)
13. Williamsville South High School (Williamsville)
14. Orchard Park High School (Orchard Park)
15. Lewiston-Porter Senior High School (Lewiston-Porter)
16. Iroquois Senior High School (Iroquois)
17. St. Francis High School (Frontier)
18. Notre Dame High School (Batavia)
19. Immaculata Academy (Frontier)
20. Lancaster High School (Lancaster)
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