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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
P.S. 156 - Frederick Law Olmsted is an above average, public, magnet school located in Buffalo, NY. It has 763 students in grades 5-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1. According to state test scores, 48% of students are at least proficient in math and 52% in reading.
Address
319 Suffolk
Buffalo, NY 14215
Telephone
(716) 816-4330

P.S. 156 - Frederick Law Olmsted Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
52%
Percent Proficient - Math
48%
Average Graduation Rate
90%
Average SAT
1120
110 responses
Average ACT
28
9 responses
AP Enrollment
44%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$34,268
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$735
National
$949
Median Home Value
$77,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 46 responses
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  • Pep rallys
    20%
  • Prom
    20%
  • Basketball games!
    17%
  • All sport events
    15%
  • Spaghetti diner
    11%
  • Spirit Week
    11%
  • Pep rallies
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
763
Free or Reduced Lunch
37%
75%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.16 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.16 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.16 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,317
Teachers in First/Second Year
6.2%
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.19 responses
95%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.19 responses
79%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.19 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
$25,579/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.19 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.19 responses
68%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.19 responses
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It's a college preparation School. It has a variety of academics including several AP classes. It also has a nice selection of elective courses. There are many choices for food including a salad bar and vegan/vegetarian options. It is the most diverse school in city. There are many different kinds of clubs including Multicultural Club, LGBT Club, yearbook, student council, etc. The teachers are awesome and so are the students. We come together especially on a sports team's senior night, spirt week, dances, and field day.
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Olmsted has always been a roller coaster. Some years you'd really enjoy and others you would dread going. The administration is not very lenient with those who do deserve it. The building itself is disgusting. After having spent billions of dollars in renovations, few years later we had plumbing issues (the entire 4th floor flooded and ruined stuff in kids lockers, the gym floor was warped, and the elevator started on fire.
At Frederick Law Olmsted, there is a wide range of diversity which is amazing. You meet from from all different cultures and you are able to learn new things about people on a daily basis. Olmsted and their students are very welcoming and is a great school not just for education but to meet new friends and people.