In the past few months, The Buffalo News has spotlighted schools that have shown success improving student performance, including three in other districts and two local charter schools.
But some solutions may lie closer to home, in the classrooms of a traditional Buffalo public school.
That may be the case at the district’s Grabiarz School of Excellence.
Grabiarz ranks as one of the highest performing schools in the Buffalo district. Except for the district’s Discovery School, which performed better in reading, the percentage of Grabiarz students deemed proficient in both reading and math lagged behind only a few charter schools and those with special admissions criteria.
The elementary school also fared well at individual grade levels, ranking 16th out of about 80 schools in Erie County for sixth-grade math, surpassing the Amherst, East Aurora and Hamburg school districts. It ranked in the top 30 out of about 110 schools for fourth-grade math, surpassing the same districts.
That success comes with a population of poor students that is among the highest in the district. With 94 percent of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunch, Grabiarz also has the highest poverty rate of the top 10 performing schools in the city.