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Canisius earns highest-in-class Advanced Placement Platinum Honor Roll distinction
Keith McShea

Canisius High School has been named to the Advanced Placement Honor Roll at the Platinum level, a distinction only earned by 6% of eligible high schools across the United States and Canada.  

Canisius is the lone boys-only school in the Buffalo Niagara region to achieve either Platinum or Gold status by AP.

CHS is one of just five schools in the area earning Platinum distinction and one of just two in the Diocese of Buffalo.

This is the first year of the AP Honor Roll, which is based on a school’s ability to increase their college-going culture, to provide opportunities for students to earn college credit, and maximizing college readiness.

AP courses, which allow students to pursue college-level studies and earn college credit while still in high school, are taught by more than 30 percent of our outstanding faculty.

The nine teachers pictured here have taught AP courses at Canisius for a decade or more:

Erin Conley – AP English Literature and Composition

Sam Rizzo – AP United States History

Amy Kimmel – AP English Language and Composition

Dave Hayes – AP United States Government and Politics

Lisa Schrader – AP Chemistry

Brian Spurlock – AP Psychology

Anne Lipp-Read – AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics

Dennis Beecher – AP World History, AP European History

Maria Todtenhagen – AP Calculus AB

See individual photos in the Instagram post above.

AP classes are also taught by: Eric Amodeo ’94 (AP Computer Science); Michael Gabriele ’16 (AP Biology); Steve Pecori (AP Statistics); Justin Siuta (AP European History); Scott Walters (AP Physics C: Mechanics).

In the 2024 Best Schools rankings, Canisius is the No. 1 Best Catholic High School in the Buffalo area and the No. 1 Best All-Boys High School in the Buffalo area. Canisius was voted “Best Private School” in The Buffalo News Best in 716 issue. 

Students and families interested in the academic, athletic and artistic excellence only found in a Jesuit education at Canisius can learn more at and by arranging for an on-campus experience via

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