Buffalo Seminary

205 Bidwell Parkway,
Buffalo, NY, 14222-0142
     Tel: (716)885-6780
Grades: 9 - 12 | 171 students
Imagine a school where you're free to explore a 100-year-old building that evokes the charm of a Hogwarts Castle.
A school where the library space is warmed by the glow from the magnificent fireplace, and the teachers are caring, dynamic, and engaging.
A place where girls are encouraged to dream big and to follow through on their aspirations.
Founded in 1851, Buffalo Seminary offers an independent college-preparatory education for young women who are willing to be challenged and encouraged.
Whether she's an aspiring scientist, poet, athlete, or community activist, SEM helps each girl find her place – both inside and outside the classroom.
Our goal is to produce thoughtful, informed, and confident young women.
We offer a variety of classroom courses, including Advanced Placement courses in English, History, Math, Science, and Foreign Language, as well as many Honors courses.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Grades Offered Grades 9 - 12
Offers Post-Graduate Year Yes
Year Founded 1851

Student Body

Total Students 171 students
Student Body Type All-girls
% Students of Color 20%
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Buffalo Seminary Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 31 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 70%
Average Class Size 11 students
Number of AP Courses 15 courses
Average SAT score 1740
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(No jeans.)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $19,450
Tuition Notes 5- and 7-day boarding is also available.
% on Financial Aid 50%
Admissions Director Laura Munson


Total Sports Offered 12 sports
Sports Basketball, Bowling, Crew, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Squash, TennisBasketballBowling,
CrewCross Country,
FencingField Hockey,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Cum Laude Society, Drama Club, Ensemble, Hornet/Jacket Board, Math Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Red Key Society, Semachords - acapella group, Seminaria - Yearbook, Ski Club, Student Government Association, Students Against Destructive Decisions SADD, Writers' Club Drama Club, Ensemble, Math Club, Mock Trial, Ski Club, Writers' Club, Cum Laude Society,
Hornet/Jacket Board,
Model United Nations,
National Honor Society,
Red Key Society,
Semachords - acapella group,
Seminaria - Yearbook,
Student Government Association,
Students Against Destructive Decisions SADD,

School Notes:

  • The all-girl advantage: Our single-sex environment encourages girls to dream big and to follow through on their aspirations. Beyond teaching literature, science, math, history, foreign languages, and the arts – we teach confidence.
  • Leaders for life: Sem students enjoy not just equal opportunity, but every opportunity. All our class officers, club presidents, team captains, and student mentors are girls.
  • College prep that goes beyond standardized testing: Our rigorous academic program, bolstered by an independent curriculum, prepares students to think for themselves, both in and out of the classroom.
  • An average class size of 11 students: Our small classes guarantee individual attention, so no student goes unnoticed. Our advisory program also empowers our girls by building positive student-teacher relationships while encouraging open communication with parents.
  • Teachers who are as passionate as they are experienced: Our faculty is made up of educators committed to student-centered teaching. Experts in their field, they would still rather listen to Sem girls communicate original ideas than simply hear themselves talk.
  • Beloved traditions combined with 21st century learning: Founded in 1851, Sem has a rich history that still resonates today. We combine a respect for the past with a commitment to each girl's future.
  • Cutting-edge technology that puts girls in control: Our one-to-one laptop program gives each student access to hands-on, project-based computer learning.
  • Student-centered clubs and activities: Whether it's through music, art, drama, or sports, girls find an extracurricular outlet at Sem. Clubs and activities are determined by student interest, and every girl participates in community service throughout her four years.
  • A culture of freedom, a code of honor: Sem students enjoy extraordinary autonomy, while embracing a high level of responsibility. Our school honor code fosters trust and respect by preparing girls for the rewards and responsibilities of the 21st century.
  • A beautiful building that feels like a home, not an institution: Our 100-year-old building is a warm and nurturing space that makes serious learning a great deal of fun.
  • School accreditations: National Association of Independent Schools, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New York State Association of Independent Schools, New York Department of Education
  • Some notable alumnae: Isabella Bannerman - Syndicated cartoonist Lauren Belfer - Best-selling author of City of Light Anne Curtis, Ph.D. - Physicist formerly with the National Institute of Standards and Technology Amy Holden Jones - Screenwriter, movie producer and movie director Hilairy Hartnett, Ph.D. - Researcher and professor of biogeochemistry Susan Hunt - Host on HGTV and former ESPN correspondent Mary Hochreiter Janney - Former mayor of Burlingame, California Amy C. Williams, Ph.D. - Composer, pianist and music professor Amy Beth Taublieb, Ph.D. - Clinical psychologist and author Tara VanDerVeer - Top college coach and 1996 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball coach - Nicole Lee, President, TransAfrica Forum.

Profile last updated: 01/31/2014

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