BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Business First has released its annual rankings for top local schools. Wednesday, they released middle schools.
Transit Middle School in Williamsville heads this year's standings for the fifth straight year, and the eighth time it has headed the list in a dozen years.
Buffalo's City Honors School is the runner-up in this year's middle school standings, just as it was a year ago. (City Honors, which runs from fifth through 12th grade, is rated both as a middle school and a high school.)
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
This year's leaders have been dominant since the middle school rankings debuted in 2002. Transit has been No. 1 eight times over that span, while City Honors has finished first three times. The only other middle school to rank first was Williamsville's Casey Middle School in 2008.
Right behind Transit and City Honors in this year's standings are two private schools, Lewiston-Porter's Stella Niagara Education Park in third place and Williamsville's St. Gregory the Great School in fourth.
Private schools that don't participate in the statewide testing program for seventh or eighth graders are not included in Business First's rankings, since their performances can't be measured against objective benchmarks. Among the better-known middle schools that don't take part are Elmwood Franklin School, Nichols School and Park School of Buffalo.
Business First analyzed the records of 208 middle schools across Western New York, combing through four years of statewide test results for seventh and eighth graders. All test scores were provided by the New York State Education Department.
TOP 20 MIDDLE 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. Transit MS (Williamsville)
2. City Honors School (Buffalo)
3. Stella Niagara Education Park (Lewiston-Porter)
4. St. Gregory the Great School (Williamsville)
5. Casey MS (Williamsville)
6. St. Mark's School (Buffalo)
7. St. Christopher's School (Sweet Home)
8. St. Peter School (Lewiston-Porter)
9. Heim MS (Williamsville)
10. Mill MS (Williamsville)
11. St. John the Baptist School (Alden)
12. Holy Ghost Lutheran School (Niagara-Wheatfield)
13. East Aurora MS (East Aurora)
14. St. Benedict's School (Amherst)
15. St. John the Baptist School (Kenmore-Tonawanda)
16. Nardin Academy ES (Buffalo)
17. Christian Central Academy (Williamsville)
18. St. John Vianney School (Orchard Park)
19. Amherst MS (Amherst)
20. Clarence MS (Clarence)
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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