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<i>Business First</i> ranks Transit Middle as region's top middle school

By WBFO News

Buffalo, NY – Business First released its middle school rankings Wednesday. Transit Middle School in Williamsville is the repeat winner on the strength of high test scores in math and English.

"We have a great population of kids. They work hard," Jill Pellis, Transit's principal, said. "Their parents value education. They believe in us. And our teachers, well, we just hire the best and get out of their way."

Christ the King School, a private school in the Amherst school district, ranked second. Buffalo City Honors finished third.

The rankings are based on four years of test scores compiled by the State Education Department.

Here is the ranking of the top 25 middle schools:

1. Transit MS (Williamsville) 2. Christ the King School (Amherst) 3. City Honors School (Buffalo) 4. Casey MS (Williamsville) 5. St. Christopher's School (Sweet Home) 6. Amherst MS (Amherst) 7. Heim MS (Williamsville) 8. Mill MS (Williamsville) 9. St. Gregory the Great School (Williamsville) 10. St. Mark's School (Buffalo) 11. Immaculate Conception School (East Aurora) 12. St. Mary's School (Williamsville) 13. St. John Lutheran School (Niagara-Wheatfield) 14. Christian Central Academy (Williamsville) 15. Kadimah School of Buffalo (Amherst) 16. St. Leo the Great School (Sweet Home) 17. Alden MS (Alden) 18. Clarence MS (Clarence) 19. Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School (Clarence) 20. St. Peter & Paul School (Hamburg) 21. East Aurora MS (East Aurora) 22. Nardin Academy ES (Buffalo) 23. St. Peter & Paul School (Williamsville) 24. Nativity of Our Lord School (Orchard Park) 25. St. Andrew's Country Day School (Kenmore-Tonawanda