171 Years of Empowering Girls To Be Engaged Scholars And Citizens

Buffalo Seminary (SEM) is an independent day and boarding school for college-bound girls. Founded in 1851, SEM is among the oldest schools for girls in the United States.

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What our students say about SEM

I am a rising senior at Buffalo Seminary currently, and have greatly enjoyed my time here. This school is incredibly welcoming and all of the students and teachers are very encouraging. I've had a very positive experience with my classes, and since SEM offers a very wide variety of courses, it is easy to find classes that interest you. Overall, I feel very ready to go into college and feel that SEM has given me many opportunities to make my application strong. I truly do love SEM, and I would definitely recommend upcoming students to check it out!

~ Current Senior, Class of 2023

A top-notch private school for girls. As a parent, I highly recommend this school. Not only has my daughter learned incredible skills (time management, technology, teamwork, foreign language, etc.), she has forged friendships from diverse groups of girls, and even the teachers. The students come out as mature young women, confident & capable of going out into the real world.

~ Current Parent

What We Value at SEM?

These values are the core beliefs at SEM that shape our community, inform our decisions, and guide our actions.

Women as Scholars and Leaders

We cultivate the intellect and independence of women, supporting them as life-long scholars and leaders.

Community of Belonging

We are a community of belonging. We embrace the richness of diversity in people and ideas and strive for an equitable experience for all.

Integrity of Character

We expect honor, compassion, and honesty in our words and actions.

Health and Resilience

We nurture the wellness of ourselves and our community, knowing it is essential to learning and growth.

Global Perspective

We know that whether in school, in Buffalo, or in the world we must engage as empathetic and informed citizens.

The promise of SEM is to prepare graduates to...


Pursue new learning experiences with curiosity.


Speak confidently and listen with an open mind.


Converse with anyone about anything.


Enthusiastically share what makes them unique.


Fully participate in the creation of a world that is just, diverse, inclusive, and ever changing.

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