Frequently Asked Questions

Is Buffalo Prep a school? 

Buffalo Prep is not a school. It is a non-profit specializing in academic enrichment in year-round programming throughout the summer and academic year. Buffalo Prep’s mission is to provide access and preparation for talented, underrepresented youth to achieve success in college preparatory high schools and in institutions of higher education. 

We provide more than academic enrichment; we have mentorship opportunities and offer a support system for students to be successful through their college careers and beyond! 

How long is the program? How long does it take?

Academic enrichment programming starts as early as the summer after 5th grade and as students progress through our pipeline, support from Buffalo Prep continues throughout a student’s college career. We also have an alumni program that provides services including career exploration and development, internships, leadership and enrichment workshops, scholarship assistance, socio-emotional support and mentoring.

As for day-to-day program times… 

  • Prep Scholars Academy takes place in the summer, Monday-Friday from 8:45am to 4pm. 
  • Middle School Prep takes place in the summer, Monday-Friday from 8:30am to 4pm. 
  • 7th Grade Year-round program which takes place on Saturday throughout the academic year from 9am-2pm.
  • High School Prep takes place in the summer, Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm and throughout the school year on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Tuesday and Thursday classes last from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Saturday programming is from 9am to 2pm. 

My child is in 9th grade; how can they join the program? 

If your child attends one of our partner schools, they can apply for the Rising to Distinction program. You can reach out to Alexys Swygert ( or visit this page to learn more.

What schools are partnered with Buffalo Prep? 

  • Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School
  • Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
  • Buffalo Seminary
  • Canisius High School
  • Cardinal O’Hara High School
  • City Honors School
  • Leonardo da Vinci High School
  • Hutchinson Central Technical High School
  • Mount Mercy Academy
  • Mount Saint Mary Academy
  • Nardin Academy
  • Nichols School
  • Frederick Law Olmsted School
  • The Park School of Buffalo
  • St. Francis High School
  • St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute
  • St. Mary’s High School
  • Tapestry Charter School

Do you provide tutoring?

We provide academic support, such as tutoring, for students who are participating in our programs. 

What are the requirements to get in?

The requirements to be accepted into our programs vary slightly based on the program for which a student is applying. Please visit Buffalo Prep programs to learn more. 

Can a child who is visiting WNY for the summer apply to Buffalo Prep? 

Yes, if they will be able to attend for the full five weeks of programming

What if my child has a vacation planned mid-program? 

All of our programs are academically advanced and accelerated so we allow for two absences. If your family has extenuating circumstances, please speak with the admissions department before submitting your application.

My child plays on a sports team/participates in extracurricular programs and will miss some days. Is that okay? 

While we encourage the development of the whole student, we ask that your child’s first priority is academics while they are at Buffalo Prep.  All of our programs are advanced and accelerated, students are allowed two absences regardless of involvement in extracurricular activities outside of Buffalo Prep.

I have a student at Middle School Prep. Will they be penalized if they are late because I have to drop off children at two locations? 

We understand that many of our families have students in two locations and there will be no issues with these students sometimes being late. We have staggered program start times and provide early drop off times to ease the burden on a family. 

Is there transportation? 

We do not provide transportation at this time. 

How much does it cost?

There is a $50 enrollment fee for each Middle School Prep session. There is a $150 enrollment fee for the 14-month High School Prep program. We never want this cost to be a hindrance to joining our programs and will work with families on this whenever necessary. 

What supplies do we need? 

We provide all the learning materials and supplies that students will need. 

Will lunch be provided? 

Lunch is provided during our summer programs by the BPS summer lunch program; however, you can send lunch from home with your student. Ordering food via Grubhub, Doordash, Ubereats or any other type of online ordering system is prohibited. 

Is Buffalo Prep a scholarship program?

We are not a scholarship program. We invite children with top academic promise to participate in highly personalized academic and enrichment programs that guide, nurture, and prepare them as they strive to make the most of their education.