Elementary School Earns Five Star Distinction

By Jann Wiswall

The full 2015 report on Western New York school rankings has been released by Buffalo Business First and the Ellicottville Central School District has shown some impressive results on numerous levels.

The publication ranked all public and private schools and districts in Western New York (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties), using four years of raw data supplied by the New York State Education Department. Schools were not ranked if they did not participate in the statewide testing program or had not generated two years of test data.

ECS has showed gains in almost every academic ranking category since last year, and, as reported in the Ellicottville Times last week, ranked #1 for the third year in a row for teacher experience.

Overall, the ECS District ranked #18 among 96 districts across the region. Its rank in 2014 was #22 of 97 districts.

Ellicottville Elementary School was ranked #22 out of 262 schools, earning it a five-star distinction as one of the top 10 percent of all regional elementary schools. 2014 data placed the school at #35 of 276. Among public schools in 2015, Ellicottville Elementary ranked #15 out of 219 schools. It also earned five stars (top 10%) for its math rating and four stars (top 25%) for English.

Ellicottville Middle School also made significant gains in its rankings over 2014. It ranked #46 of 194 schools this year, compared to #64 of 205 schools in 2014. Among public middle schools, it ranks #21 of 151. It rated four stars in math and three (top 50%) in English.

Ellicottville High School also showed improvement over last year, with a rank of #33 of 136 schools (#23 among 122 public high schools). This is a gain of six spots over 2014 when 135 schools were ranked. It earned four stars for math, English, science and social studies ratings.

Notably, Ellicottville High School students had the best SAT scores of all but two other schools in Western New York (based on 2013 data).

With all these results in hand, it’s probably no surprise to learn that Ellicottville remains the highest ranked district, elementary school, middle school and high school in Cattaraugus County.

More data, details, formulas and rankings can be found at The full report, which includes analysis and interpretation of data, is currently available in print only and may be purchased at its website.