A Look Inside WNY's Top Elementary School

June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM EDT

By WKBW Admin

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June 11, 2013 Updated Jun 12, 2013 at 9:11 AM EDT

Christ the King is the top-rated elementary school in all of Western New York this year. The school, in the Amherst district, tops the list from Business First.
Researchers rated 281 elementary schools in WNY, based on four years of NYS test data.

Christ the King was number one from 2004 to 2006, but that's when researchers ranked public and private schools separately. Now, the number one title means Christ the King is outperforming every other elementary school when it comes to state testing.

Principal Samuel Zalacca says it's thanks to a recipe for success. "This recipe, like any recipe, has a number of ingredients," he said. "We first have to start with the students and add the teachers, the complete faculty and staff of the school and the parents."

Zalacca says a strong parish and alumni support also play a role. He says everyone involved takes ownership and pride in the school. "And put all of that together, those ingredients and they make for a successful, vibrant school where kids want to come to school and want to learn and as a result, they do well in academics," he said.

Zalacca says the school also pays special attention to music and art programs to provide a well rounded education.

After Christ the King, St. John Vianney in Orchard Park jumped into second place this year. St. Gregory the Great in Williamsville is third, followed by public school Ledgeview Elementary in Clarence, down from first last year. Lewiston-Porter Primary Education Center is fifth.

You can get the complete list at http://www.bizjournals.com/buffalo/feature/schools/2013-wnyschools/2013/06/western-new-york-elementary-school.html

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