Niagara Gazette — Ranked at 13 last year, Lewiston-Porter's Stella Niagara Education Park was listed in third place in the 2012-13 Buffalo Business First middle school rankings released Wednesday.
Stella Niagara, a private school, is the only newcomer to the top 10 this year. The school has a relatively small enrollment of 175 students from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.
"We call it the Stella advantage," says Kristen deGuehery, the school's director of institutional advancement. "We have a strong core curriculum, and the class sizes are small. And we also take a holistic approach — tapping into extra things like the performing arts and physical fitness."
Business First analyzed the records of 208 middle schools across Western New York, combing through four years of statewide test results for seventh and eighth graders. All test scores were provided by the New York State Education Department.
Middle schools typically run from sixth through eighth grade, though some include younger students. Most private schools and several public schools cover an even broader arc from kindergarten through eighth grade. They consequently receive two rankings from Business First — one as an elementary school, another as a middle school. Stella Niagara was listed at 111 in the elementary school rankings.
Other area schools include: (8) St. Peter School (Lewiston-Porter); (12) Holy Ghost Lutheran School (Niagara-Wheatfield); (52) St. John Lutheran School (Niagara-Wheatfield); (63) Lewiston-Porter MS (Lewiston-Porter); (67. Edward Town MS (Niagara-Wheatfield); (84) Niagara Catholic JSHS (Niagara Falls); (106) Wilson MHS (Wilson); (138) St. Peter's Lutheran School (Niagara-Wheatfield); (157) LaSalle Preparatory School (Niagara Falls) and (168) Gaskill Preparatory School (Niagara Falls).