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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A-
Address
205 Bidwell Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14222
Telephone
(716) 885-6780

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

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1180
104 responses
Average ACT
28
37 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.12 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.12 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 52 responses
Report
  • Hornet/ Jacket Day
    23%
  • Putting on the Hits
    19%
  • Hanging of the greens
    12%
  • Graduation
    12%
  • Halloween
    10%
  • Holiday Bazaar
    10%
  • Mother-Daughter Tea
    6%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    20%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    5-day, 7-day
    Top Countries
    Argentina, China, France, Kenya, 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
    62%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.13 responses
    69%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.13 responses
    77%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.13 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    82%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
    Poll
    71%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
    Poll
    71%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Very High
    Boys Athletic Participation
    89%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
    56%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
    89%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses

    Buffalo Seminary Reviews

    100 reviews
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    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!
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    Sem has given my daughter a wealth of opportunities, has pushed her academically and provided a wonderful community to grow and flourish. Moreover, their drama program is outstanding! We could not have asked for more from a high school. This school prepares young women for the future, for boardrooms and beyond.
    At Buffalo Seminary I have grown as a student and a person. Sem has challenged me to think outside the box and to put more time and effort into my academics. Sem has also encouraged me to try different things and go outside my comfort zone. Before coming to Sem, I would never have thought of joining the cross country team or trying field hockey. I love being apart of a tight-knit community that always has your back!