Tonawanda News — Mount St. Mary Academy is the top rated Ken-Ton area high school, according to Business First’s rankings, which were released Thursday.
The Delaware Avenue school placed seventh out of 135 public and private high schools in the eight-county Western New York region, making a jump from 10th place last year.
The rankings are based on four years of testing data from the New York State Education Department. Buffalo’s Nardin Academy grabbed first place, continuing its streak that began in 2007 when the rankings of public and private schools were consolidated in 2007.
City Honors School of Buffalo was just 0.51 points behind Nardin on the 100-point scale. The gap marks the first time since Nardin’s margin of victory has been less than a full point.
Mount St. Mary’s also received three out of four Business First subject awards, which are given to schools for placing in the top percent on the all schools in English and foreign languages, mathematics, science or social studies.
Mount St. Mary’s received the social studies, science and English awards. St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, of Kenmore, which came in 12th place overall, also received the English and social studies awards.
The next Tonawanda school, Cardinal O’Hara, came in 47th — up from 54th last year. Tonawanda High School was ranked 63rd, Kenmore East placed 71st and Kenmore West was ranked 74th.
North Tonawanda High School was ranked 92nd, and CS for Applied Technologies placed 97th.