Ten Catholic schools are closing their doors in Western New York as the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo consolidates. One of the area's top rated schools is even on the closing list.
Our Lady of Pompeii ranks 5th among private elementary schools in Western New York, according to Business First research.
Forty-nine Catholic schools were included in Business First's latest academic rankings of nearly 300 elementary schools in Western New York.
Here is the full closing list with the rank for each school.
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Elma ranks 135th our of 281 public and private elementary schools in WNY.
Fourteen Holy Helpers in West Seneca is 88.
Our Lady of Pompeii in Lancaster is 11.
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart is number 129.
Saint Bernadette School in Orchard Park ranks 42nd.
Saint Francis of Assisi in Tonawanda ranks 77th.
Saint Joseph's in Gowanda ranks 261st.
Saint Leo the Great in Amherst is 27th.
Saint Mary's of the Lake in Hamburg is 35th.
Saint Vincent de Paul in Spring Brook ranks number 26.
The schools' academic rankings don't impact which schools close. The Diocese says it needs to consolidate buildings.
You can get complete details on the schools that are closing at:
Full details on area schools are in the Business First Guide to WNY Schools.