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June 13, 2013

Lockport ranks low among WNY schools

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Lockport schools aren’t looked upon very favorably in the latest rankings of public and private schools in Buffalo Business First’s annual rankings.

Most of the district’s schools don’t crack the top 50 percent among the hundreds of schools ranked by the weekly publication. Its annual Guide to Western New York Schools will be released Friday.

Business First analyzed schools in the eight-county region, using four years of test data from the New York State Education Department. At the high school level, the rating formula took each school’s Regents diploma rate into account, as well as its scores on a wide array of Regents exams.

Among elementary schools, only Anna Merritt Elementary made it into the top half of the 281 ranked public and private schools, listed at 122. George Southard Elementary came in at 173; Charles Upson, 180; Washington Hunt, 187; Roy B. Kelley, 231.

The district’s two schools classified as middle schools ranked in the bottom third among 208 schools listed. North Park landed at 139 and Emmett Belknap at 174.

Lockport High School is listed at 85 among 135 high schools.

The rest of the rankings show a mixed bag among Eastern Niagara County schools.

At the elementary school level, Starpoint’s Regan Intermediate School is listed at number 69. The rest of the area schools: W.H. Stevenson Elementary, Wilson, 87: Thomas Marks Elementary, Wilson, 98; Pratt Elementary, Barker, 103; DeSales Catholic, 119; Newfane Elementary, 151; Roy-Hart Elementary, 196.

Only one Niagara County elementary school cracked the top 50; Lewiston-Porter Primary Eduction Center is listed fifth. Amherst’s Christ the King School is ranked first.

At the middle school level, two schools in Niagara County cracked the top 10 and they’re both based in the Lewiston-Porter district: Stella Niagara Education Park placed third and St. Peter School placed eighth.

In Eastern Niagara County, Starpoint Middle School is the highest ranked, coming in at 41. Lockport’s DeSales Catholic landed at number 50. The rest of area schools and their placement include: Barker Middle School, 62; Newfane Middle School, 65; Roy-Hart Middle School, 103; Wilson, 106.

Transit Middle School in Williamsville is ranked first for the fifth consecutive year.

Nardin Academy in Buffalo captured the top spot among high schools. Three Eastern Niagara County high schools placed in the top third: Barker at 34, Wilson at 37 and Starpoint at 39. Newfane landed at 75 and Roy-Hart at 101.