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Olean's Southern Tier Catholic is rated number one elementary school

By WBFO News

Buffalo, NY – Business First is out with its rankings of Western New York elementary schools. And for the first time in three years, Smallwood Elementary in Amherst is not in first place. It has fallen to second, behind Southern Tier Catholic School in Olean.

Southern Tier Catholic is a pre-K through 8th grade school with an enrollment of 150 students. It rose to the top spot from number 31 just three years ago.

"We don't have a lot in terms of resources," says Daniel McCarthy, the principal of Southern Tier Catholic. "But we've got the ability to go one-on-one with our students, and we don't accept 'I can't do it' from kids. We make sure that they all know that they can do it."

Southern Tier Catholic is the first school from outside of Erie County to rank No. 1 in any category since Business First launched its rankings in 1992.

Business First evaluates nearly 300 public and private elementary schools in the eight counties of Western New York based on four years of test data from the New York State Education Department.

Here is the top 25 ranking:

1. Southern Tier Catholic School (Olean) 2. Smallwood Drive School (Amherst) 3. Maple East ES (Williamsville) 4. Charlotte Avenue ES (Hamburg) 5. Ledgeview ES (Clarence) 6. Immaculate Conception School (East Aurora) 7. South Davis ES (Orchard Park) 8. Maple West ES (Williamsville) 9. Nardin Academy ES (Buffalo) 10. Christian Central Academy (Williamsville) 11. Christ the King School (Amherst) 12. St. Gregory the Great School (Williamsville) 13. Country Parkway ES (Williamsville) 14. Tapestry CS (Buffalo) 15. St. John Lutheran School (Niagara-Wheatfield) 16. Eggert Road ES (Orchard Park) 17. St. Stephen School (Grand Island) 18. Harris Hill ES (Clarence) 19. St. Bernadette School (Orchard Park) 20. Ellicott Road ES (Orchard Park) 21. Sheridan Hill ES (Clarence) 22. Forest ES (Williamsville) 23. Clarence Center ES (Clarence) 24. Prospect ES (Attica) 25. St. Peter's Lutheran School (Niagara-Wheatfield)