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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Pre-Covid, tech was integrated into SEM's teaching, learning, and admissions. Fall 2020 opening plans and procedures for both online and on-campus learning include reconfigured spaces, reimagined teaching and learning combinations of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning, in-person classes for our day and boarding students, and virtual admissions tours for prospective families. Learn More

  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A-

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$50
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$22,560
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$54,340
Received Financial Aid
40%
Average Financial Aid
$10,000
From Buffalo Seminary

Our Oldest Tradition is Forward Thinking. There are girls' schools... And then there's SEM. Among the oldest schools for girls in the United States, SEM has designed a constantly innovating culture of achievement, scholarship, creativity, and leadership since 1851. Our school, on the National Register of Historic Places, is a cozy campus of grand homes renovated for student and faculty residences on a historic parkway, a grass field and regulation squash courts (our squash team is nationally ranked), in a leafy neighborhood. Situated on Lake Erie, SEM teams include sailing and crew. While most girls' schools are founded in specific faiths, SEM was instead founded with character development and scholarship at our center. Seated at Harkness tables, girls are encouraged to question and revisit answers until they are satisfied and expected to be respectful and community-minded. No uniform, secular.

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Buffalo Seminary Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1190
112 responses
Average ACT
28
42 responses

Test Our Readiness

Fall 2020, we're back on campus for in-person learning. All are masked and keep a 6-foot distance. Being together is a privilege we pledge to maintain. Classes are given simultaneously to students who opt to remain at home and to those who are in-person and are recorded for access later. Wednesday afternoons are reserved for club meetings, traditions, and all-school gatherings.

Culture & Safety

Poll
81%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.16 responses
Poll
81%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.16 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 69 responses
Report
  • Hornet/ Jacket Day
    23%
  • Putting on the Hits
    19%
  • Hanging of the greens
    14%
  • Graduation
    10%
  • Halloween
    9%
  • Holiday Bazaar
    9%
  • Mother-Daughter Tea
    7%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    20%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    5-day, 7-day
    Top Countries
    Bahamas, China, Kenya, South Korea, Viet Nam
    International Boarding Students
    20%

    Students

    Diversity
    A
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    186
    71%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.17 responses
    76%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.17 responses
    76%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.17 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    86%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.21 responses
    Poll
    76%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.21 responses
    Poll
    76%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.21 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    92%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
    69%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
    92%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses

    Buffalo Seminary Reviews

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    I love going to Buffalo Seminary. Everything about the school is amazing! The academics appear rigorous, but Buffalo Seminary has the perfect teachers to teach the students time management and the value of hard work. The smaller community at SEM makes the school year fly by and everyone gets to know each other really well. The students and the staff are all very kind and accepting. This is an especially good school for those who are interested in the arts! The theater program here is amazing as well as our studio art program.
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    I had an amazing experience! The teachers care about the students before anything else, and I feel very prepared for college. The Academics are incredible, but it could get very challenging and stressful at times. Also, the school is very set on building a good community but, my class specifically, was not that close and the community was not that tight. Other than that I had an amazing experience and I loved my high school years.
    Buffalo Seminary had been my second home for longer than I have been attending it. Both of my older sisters and younger sister are going to or have graduated from SEM. SEM has taught me to be independent, to push myself academically, and to push myself out of my comfort zone. Over the last two years that I have been attending SEM, I have pushed myself to take part in different activities such as theater, sports, and many different clubs! I am very grateful that I have chosen to go to Buffalo Seminary. It has opened up many doors to many opportunities!