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Frequently Asked Questions – Applying 

How do I nominate a student?

If you know a 5th, 6th, or 7th grade student who would benefit from Buffalo Prep, you can nominate them by visiting

How do I apply? 

Applications become available in November for the programs that begin the following July. Applications are due for High School Prep on March 1st and for Prep Scholars Academy and Middle School Prep on April 1st. 

What do I need to include with my application?

A complete application includes:

  • Student’s most recent report card and the final report card from the previous academic year – progress reports will NOT be accepted
  • Proof of income: Federal tax return(s) for each parent/guardian financially responsible for the applicant
  • Two teacher recommendations
  • A parent/guardian or family representative MUST attend an information session for an application to be considered. 
  • A High School Prep applicant and a parent/guardian are required to attend an interview and sit for an admissions test. 

What if I don’t have my tax form done? 

Provide us with the most current tax information that you have. You may also provide us with information about any benefits that you receive from the state. This will help us determine if you are eligible based on our income guidelines. 

What report cards are required? 

The final report card from the previous year is REQUIRED along with the most current report card (progress reports will not take the place of a report card). If you submit a first quarter report card with the application, further in the admissions process we may request a more recent report card. 

When will I know if my student is accepted? 

Buffalo Prep will send out information on acceptance by the end of May. 

What program am I eligible for? 

Middle School Prep (post-5th – 6th grade) 

Middle School Prep (MSP) supports post-5th and -6th grade motivated scholars across Western New York with accelerated educational enrichment. MSP is an engaging, five-week summer program, during the crucial middle school years, that keeps scholars engaged through a culturally relevant, fun, and stimulating learning environment. This program nurtures a love of learning, cultivates peer-to-peer connection, and prepares scholars for success in their educational aspirations. It takes place at Nichols Middle School. 

Prep Scholars Academy (post-5th through 12th grade)

Prep Scholars Academy (PSA) is a neighborhood-based culturally relevant academic program designed to help scholars excel throughout middle school and prepare them for high school.  This exciting, engaging, and active learning program strives to help scholars transition into and complete high school by providing academic preparation, as well as scholar and family support.

High School Prep (post-7th and post-8th grade) 

High School Prep is an intensive, 14-month program that prepares scholars for acceptance to and success at top independent, Catholic, charter, and criteria-based public high schools and higher education. This nationally recognized, culturally relevant program takes place at the University at Buffalo South Campus the summers before and after 8th grade, as well as two nights per week and on Saturdays during the 8th grade academic year.

For more information on Prep Scholars Academy, Middle School Prep, and High School Prep admissions, please contact Elizabeth Guzman, Admissions and Recruitment Manager, at or 716-829-2108.