The pupil-teacher ratio in the typical Western New York school district is 11.5 to one.
But classrooms are much more intimate in Canaseraga, which occupies first place in Business First's new ratings of student access.
There are just 8.5 students for every teacher in the Allegany County district, which has only 233 pupils from kindergarten through 12th grade. And Canaseraga also has the region's most favorable ratio of student service providers, such as librarians, nurses and counselors.
The result is the top rating for student access, an index that measures the ease with which pupils can make contact with teachers and other educators.
The runners-up in the regional standings are Pine Valley, Ripley and West Valley. (Click here for a quick rundown of the Western New York rankings.)
STUDENT ACCESS LINK:
• Student access rankings for all 98 districts.
• Slideshow of district ranks and five-star ratings for student access.
Business First rated student access in all 98 districts in Western New York, a region that includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.
Business First analyzed each district's ratios of pupils per teacher, pupils per student service provider and pupils per teacher's aide. The smaller the ratio, the better the score in each case.
Akron has the region's lowest rating for student access, with Niagara Falls and Niagara-Wheatfield just ahead of it in Business First's rankings.