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Ledgeview tops Business First's elementary school rankings

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

A Clarence school has held its top position in Business First of Buffalo annual school rankings. Today it released it's 2015-Academic Rankings of Western New York elementary Schools. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley says Ledgeview Elementary Clarence is number one.

"I give a lot of the credit to our school success to the people here," stated Keith Kuwik, Principal at Ledgeview Elementary School. 

The school is ranked among the 25 top elementary schools in the region.  Even in a difficult time of tough Common Core Standards and students opting out of testing, Ledgeview is holding the top ranking since it climbed to the number one spot in 2012.

"And honestly, it's our mindset. What can we do better. We are always constantly trying to strive to do better, you know, what are we doing well, what can we do even better," noted Kuwik.

Two Williamsville schools follow Ledgeview.  Country Parkway Elementary School is second followed by Maple East.  Immaculate Conception in East Aurora and St. John Vianney School in Orchard Park round up the top five elementary schools. 

Business First points out that Ledgeview is the only elementary school in the region to have 40-percent of the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders earned 'superior scores' in the 2014-statewide math tests. Ledgeview is part of the Clarence School District elementary program that boasts it provides 'building blocks' for future learning. It is where students in K through 5 are are given a well-rounded education of  math, science, English and social studies, while receiving  instruction in arts, music and physical education.

Kuwik notes, a combination of teachers and students willing to learn makes a difference.

"We want to develop kids that love learning, that view learning as important. That become 'lifelong learners'. We want a child in elementary school to want to come to school, to be excited to come school, because that will help set the future, the foundation for the future," said Kuwik.

Ledgeview is also one of three elementary schools where more than 13-percent of student test-takers at Ledgview also received superior scores on the 2014 statewide English test.   

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