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Buffalo is a tough city for parents intent on living near highly-rated public schools – there just isn't much to choose from. In every case, there aren't enough properties to round out our top-10 lists.

Properties were excluded if the average GreatSchools ratings of the schools near that property were less than a four out of 10. This cutoff excluded most properties in Buffalo. To sort out the best of those few which remain, we will use average property rent and school ratings to identify our picks to provide the best value for each grade level.

Buffalo best schools

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Buffalo neighborhoods with the best public schools

Viewing school ratings by neighborhood allows us to find the areas with superb overall schools, rather than just identifying one-off instances of an individually exemplary school. Going by average Great School rating, the top neighborhood in Buffalo is actually a tie between Belmont and Cleveland Hill.

buffalo top neighborhoods

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Neighborhood Rank Neighborhood Neighborhood City and State Avg. School Rating
1 Belmont Tonawanda, NY 5.7
2 Cleveland Hill Cheektowaga, NY 5.7
3 Lincoln Park Tonawanda, NY 5.0
4 Marvin Gardens Tonawanda, NY 5.0
5 Raintree Island Tonawanda, NY 5.0
6 Front Park Buffalo, NY 3.2
7 Bellevue Cheektowaga, NY 3.0
8 Bryant Buffalo, NY 2.8
9 Allentown Buffalo, NY 2.7
10 Elmwood Buffalo, NY 2.7

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Buffalo properties near the best public schools

Having looked at the best overall neighborhoods, we now look to find the best individual properties near the best schools at the elementary, middle and high school level. Click on any location circle in our interactive maps to pull up info on properties for that location.

Best apartments near the best elementary schools in Buffalo

Buffalo best elementary schools

Value is determined by taking GreatSchools ratings and property rent, and seeing where you get the highest rated schools for the money spent.

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 300 Highland Pkwy Buffalo, NY $773 6.0
2 Losson Garden Apartments Cheektowaga, NY $850 4.0
3 Parker Heights Tonawanda, NY $890 4.0
4 Sheridan Drive Apartments Tonawanda, NY $950 4.0

Best apartments near the best middle schools in Buffalo

Buffalo best middle school

Value is determined by taking GreatSchools ratings and property rent, and seeing where you get the highest rated schools for the money spent.

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 300 Highland Pkwy Buffalo, NY $773 7.0
2 Parker Heights Tonawanda, NY $890 5.0
3 Sheridan Drive Apartments Tonawanda, NY $950 5.0

Best apartments near the best high schools in Buffalo

Buffalo best high school

Value is determined by taking GreatSchools ratings and property rent, and seeing where you get the highest rated schools for the money spent.

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Value Rank Property Name Location Avg. Rent Avg. School Rating
1 Parker Heights Tonawanda, NY $863 6.0
2 Sheridan Drive Apartments Tonawanda, NY $688 6.0
3 300 Highland Pkwy Buffalo, NY $1,171 4.0
4 Paradise Lane Apartments Tonawanda, NY $1,183 5.0
5 Raintree Island Tonawanda, NY $1,213 5.0
The school rankings information included in this article is provided by GreatSchools. ApartmentGuide.com and its affiliates do not endorse, sponsor or guarantee the information provided by third parties and are not responsible in any way for any advice, content, information, practices, products or services related to or made available by third parties.

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Jared is a Baton Rouge, La.-based freelance journalist focused on, in his words, "finding data, 'interviewing it,' and then telling its story through interactive tools and traditional journalism." His past work includes analyzing pension shortfalls, looking at election results, tracking campaign finance contributions, and analyzing educational and school system data. Jared is currently a freelancer for Upwork.

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