Getting to know Prep

Illuminating brilliance

Buffalo Prep was founded in 1989 by education and community leaders to help academically ambitious students of color prepare for, obtain entrance into, and excel at demanding college preparatory high schools. Buffalo Prep has grown exponentially over the years and now serves hundreds of students and alumni each year with our unique pipeline of Prep Scholars Academy, Middle School Prep, High School Prep, College Prep, and Alumni Prep programs. Many students begin Buffalo Prep’s rigorous program in 5th grade and commit their summers, evenings, and weekends to prepare for higher achievement.

Buffalo Prep scholars participate in highly personalized academic and enrichment programs that guide, nurture, and prepare them as they strive to make the most of their education. Our rigorous courses, outstanding instruction, and the camaraderie from learning alongside other driven peers give students the resources they need to succeed.

Our mission

With a focus on racially and culturally affirming practices, Buffalo Prep advocates for educational access and equity and provides programming to academically ambitious scholars of color. We strive to nurture our scholars’ brilliance while empowering them to engage civically as their authentic selves.

Our vision

We envision a future where all students have the opportunity to pursue excellence and success in a community that nurtures their individual talents, goals, and selves.


An independent audit of Buffalo Prep is conducted each year.  Audited financial statements are available upon request.

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