Student Achievement Reflected in Public School Rankings

No. 1 in Upstate NY:  Pittsford Central School District has been named the number one school district in Upstate New York for the eighth consecutive year, according to a 2018 academic ranking by Buffalo Business First that evaluates test scores and graduation rates for 431 school districts in this region. Additionally, PCSD was ranked number one in Upstate New York in the subject areas of English, math and social studies. It earned the number two spot for science.

No. 1 in Greater Rochester Area:  In the Greater Rochester Area, Pittsford Central School District was ranked number one among 67 public school districts located throughout Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates counties. Among those same districts, PCSD ranked number one in the subject areas of English, math, science and social studies. The District’s five elementary schools were ranked in the top 10 public elementary schools, while both middle schools and high schools were ranked in the top two spots among Rochester Area public schools.

No. 1 for SAT Scores:  When comparing 2017 SAT scores for all 431 Upstate New York public school districts, Pittsford Central School District landed the number one spot for the highest total average SAT score. PCSD students received an average score of 624 in evidence-based reading/writing (ERW) and 629 in math for a total average score of 1,252 on this college-admissions test. 

5-Star Rating:   As a result of finishing in the top 10 percent of the overall Upstate New York academic standings, PCSD was named among Business First’s elite list of five-star honorees. Of the 431 public school districts in Upstate New York, 44 districts met that standard in 2018.

“These rankings speak to the academic excellence our students achieve during their school years and the high standards those students will carry with them throughout their lives. They also underscore what can be achieved in a highly collaborative community where students are supported by parents and the PCSD community with a common mission to ‘inspire and prepare our students to be their best, do their best and make a difference in the lives of others,’” said District Superintendent Michael Pero.

In addition to the notable academic rankings, Pittsford Central School District was recognized by the New York State School Public Relations Association for a number of its communication publications, including awards of honor for the 2017-18 district calendar and quarterly newsletter, as well as awards of merit for the Superintendent’s eNewsletter, the PCSD website, and a photograph of a science class experiment that appeared on the cover of the 2018-19 district calendar.

SAT and overall academic and subject rankings were determined by Buffalo Business First using the latest information available from the New York State Education Department. A208-part formula based on assessment scores and graduation rates from 2014 through 2017 was used by Buffalo Business First to determine overall academic and subject rankings.