WI shines in Buffalo Business First ratings

WICSD shines in academic ratings
Posted on 06/07/2019

Six of the 10 schools in the West Irondequoit Central School District moved up in Buffalo Business First’s annual ratings of Rochester-area schools and one of them, Briarwood, ascended to the top spot among 162 elementary schools. West Irondequoit, as a District, and eight of its 10 schools also received five-star status. Only 55 in the area received that distinction of academic excellence.


The publication uses its own formula to produce its public schools ratings, which cover an eight-county area. Mostly, they are based on standardized test scores from the New York State Department of Education over a specified period of time. WICSD was rated 7
th overall out of 67 in rankings of area school districts, holding the same spot it has for five straight years. Ranked No. 2 each of the past three years, Briarwood took over the No. 1 spot held last year by Cobbles Elementary in Penfield. Briarwood Elementary is led by veteran Principal, Miss Kathleen Bush. Briarwood was ranked second each of the past three years.

Chart of 10 schools performance
Other WICSD highlights:

  • Eight of 10 schools earned five-star status, up one from last year. Five-star schools are rated in the top 10% in overall academic performance or have earned a “Subject Award,” which means ranked in the top 10% in English, math, science or social studies.
  • Six of eight elementary and middle schools were ranked in the top 20.
  • Schools from Pittsford (five rated), Penfield (three) and West Irondequoit (two) occupied each spot of the elementary top 10. Along with Briarwood, Iroquois Middle School was 10th.
  • Brookview made the biggest jump of any WICSD school, moving from 77th to 54th.
  • Briarwood, Colebrook, Iroquois, Listwood & Rogers were rated as English Subject Award winners.
  • Briarwood, Iroquois and Southlawn were rated as Subject Award winners for math.
  • For the ninth straight year, Dake Junior High School rated in the top 8 among 90-plus schools.
  • Dake was rated as a Subject Award winner for English.
  • Irondequoit High School remained at No. 10 among the list of 88 high schools.
  • IHS was a Subject Award winner for English (9th out of 88/90.8%). It just missed on receiving the same distinction for social studies (10th out of 88/89.7%)