Business First's 2010-2011 Guide to Western New York Schools

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2010 at 7:23 AM EDT


Business First's 2010-2011 Guide to Western New York Schools

September 27, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2010 at 7:23 AM EDT

Business First's 2010-2011 Guide to Western New York Schools is a 140-page publication that rates the academic performance of every school district and most individual schools (public and private) in the eight-county region.

Our exclusive academic ratings of more than 700 Western New York districts and schools are based on four years of test data compiled by the New York State Education Department.

Copies can be purchased directly from Business First. Call (716) 541-1630 and ask for Karen Schiffmacher ( or (716) 541-1638 and ask for Dawn Kasperek ( Each copy is just $14.95, plus postage and handling.

This year's complete rankings, profiles of all schools, and a wide array of feature articles can be found only in the printed guide, but highlights have been posted on our Web site, Check the following stories for an overview of each category, as well as other special features:

School district rankings
Rankings of the region's 98 public school districts will be posted on Friday, June 11.

High school rankings
More than 130 Western New York high schools will be rated on Thursday, June 10.

Middle school rankings
Rankings of more than 200 middle schools throughout the eight-county area will be issued on Wednesday, June 9.

Elementary school rankings
Nearly 300 elementary schools will be rated by Business First. This year's standings will be posted on Tuesday, June 8.

Specialized ratings
Business First also issues seven specialized ratings of all Western New York school districts, covering subjects that range from cost-effectiveness to teacher experience. These ratings will be posted throughout the week, beginning on Friday, June 4.

Databases of schools-related statistics will be posted daily from Friday, June 4, through Friday, June 11.

All-Western New York Academic Team
The 2010 All-Western New York Academic Team, consisting of the 100 most talented seniors at area high schools, will be announced on Friday, June 4. The top 25 seniors will constitute the First Team, the next 25 will make up the Second Team, and the remaining 50 will be given Special Mention designations.

School Innovation Awards
Business First's 2010 School Innovation Awards, recognizing local schools that have instituted especially creative programs, will be announced on Sunday, June 6. Ten schools and districts will win Innovation Awards, and 10 more will receive Special Mention designations.

School salaries
A Business First study of pay levels for Western New York school administrators and teachers will be posted on Monday, June 7.

Sports programs
Business First's annual rankings of high school sports programs will be posted on Saturday, June 5.

Business First photographer Jim Courtney has visited more than 30 schools during the past six months. Slideshows of photos from his various stops will be posted daily at from Friday, June 4, through the following Friday, June 11.