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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
Organization Memberships
NAIS, TABS

Applying

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

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$21,250
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)
$51,250
Received Financial Aid
40%
Average Financial Aid
$10,000
From Buffalo Seminary

Our Oldest Tradition is Forward Thinking

Among the oldest girls' schools 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 including grand homes renovated for student and faculty residences on a historic parkway, a turf field and regulation squash courts (our squash team is nationally ranked), in a leafy neighborhood of Buffalo, New York. Situated on Lake Erie, SEM teams include sailing and crew.

No uniform, nondenominational.

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
1160
87 responses
Average ACT
27
28 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 40 responses
Report
  • Hornet/ Jacket Day
    23%
  • Putting on the Hits
    18%
  • Halloween
    13%
  • Hanging of the greens
    13%
  • Holiday Bazaar
    13%
  • Graduation
    10%
  • Mother-Daughter Tea
    5%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
214
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
67%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
9:1
National
17:1
Poll
85%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.13 responses
Poll
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.13 responses
Poll
69%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.13 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.5 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.5 responses

Buffalo Seminary Reviews

69 reviews
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I cannot say enough about how much SEM has helped me grow and evolve as an academic and as a leader! When I first came to SEM, I believed that I was only an above-average math/science student however, after just one year at SEM, my teachers' passion and encouragement completely changed my mind, and I now plan to pursue a major in biology in college. Before coming to SEM, I thought that the only kind of leadership that one could assume in High School was to be the class president, yet SEM proved to change my perspective again! Apart from the vast number of opportunities there are to be a class officer, club president, or sports team captain at SEM, there are other ways to be a leader as well; I learned to lead a dialectical discourse at SEM's harkness tables by inviting others to share their thoughts. SEM has given me the confidence and motivation I will need to venture out into the world and onto college while also giving me a warm and welcoming place to return to as my alma mater.
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Buffalo Seminary is a unique school. The all-girl atmosphere has transformed me into a confident student and active participant in class. I love the fact that I go to a school filled with so many different people, and in my opinion, some of the most genuine and brilliant people I have ever known. Although over my years I have seen a growing feud between the students and administration, I do believe this has caused me and my classmates to gain confidence in the ability to voice our opinions. Coming from a large public school, the transition to a small private school was difficult. However, I really believe the school's atmosphere of small class sizes and teacher to student relationship has
benefited me greatly.
I really liked Buffalo Seminary's rigorous college preparatory academic program. It prepared me quite well for the challenges of MIT and allowed me to explore and cultivate my interests and talents. Specifically, my love for math and science grew as I took AP courses; additionally, I developed my talent and love for writing in SEM's challenging and enjoyable humanities (English and history) courses.

However, certain aspects of the school's social culture occasionally bothered me. The hints of elitist behavior on the part of the school board/students and occasional racial insensitivity/prejudice made it a place where not everyone was always completely welcome.