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Buffalo Seminary
  • Private, Boarding, All-Girls
  • BUFFALO, NY

COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Pre-Covid, tech was integrated into SEM's teaching, learning, and admissions. We have been open and in-person since Sept. 2020. Plans and procedures for both online and on-campus learning included reconfigured spaces, reimagined teaching and learning combinations of synchronous and asynchronous remote learning, in-person classes for our day and boarding students, and virtual admissions tours. Learn More

Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Diversity
    grade A
  3. Teachers
    grade A
  4. College Prep
    grade A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    grade A+
  6. Sports
    grade B+

About

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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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1200
130 responses
Average ACT
28
50 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
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school. 17 responses
Poll
82%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there. 17 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 71 responses
  • Hornet/ Jacket Day
    24%
  • Putting on the Hits
    18%
  • Hanging of the greens
    15%
  • Graduation
    10%
  • Halloween
    8%
  • Holiday Bazaar
    8%
  • Mother-Daughter Tea
    7%

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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
grade A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
173
72%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive. 18 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy. 18 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic. 18 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
National
17:1
Poll
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons. 22 responses
Poll
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students. 22 responses
Poll
77%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom. 22 responses

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Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
grade A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
No data available  
93%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in. 14 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need. 14 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations. 14 responses

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