College Prep

College Prep provides academic support, college advisement, enrichment opportunities, and socio-emotional counseling throughout high school as students transition into higher education.


To best serve its students, College Prep offers the following:

  • Tutoring
  • Academic skills assessments, coaching, and workshops
  • College fair and on-site college representative visits
  • College tours
  • Individualized college counseling
  • College and scholarship essay writing workshops
  • Mock college admissions interviews
  • Financial aid workshops and counseling
  • Scholarship advisement
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Circle Meetings (in-school Buffalo Prep community meetings)
  • Mentoring
  • Career exploration and development
  • Leadership development
  • Student-designed social events

In addition to nurturing academic success, college readiness, and career awareness, College Prep also encourages students and their families to think strategically about the college admissions process by helping students assess their skills and accomplishments and establish goals aligned with their college and career aspirations. The result is an individualized college admissions action plan that ends with college acceptances.

100% of Buffalo Prep graduates are accepted to college.

Rising to Distinction

The Rising to Distinction (RTD) program was established in response to the need for additional academic support and college readiness preparation for students in Buffalo Prep’s partner high schools. To help ensure the success of these students, Buffalo Prep, in partnership with The John R. Oishei Foundation, developed the RTD program, which launched in 2000 with the goal of making the services and community of Buffalo Prep available to Oishei scholars and other eligible students.

Today, in collaboration with Buffalo Prep’s partner high schools, the RTD program provides eligible high school students and their families with a wide array of support and opportunities, including tutorial services and academic skills coaching, college and financial aid advisement, enrichment activities, and socio-emotional counseling, so that RTD students can meet their academic goals and gain acceptance to college.


The College Prep and Rising to Distinction programs are for students currently in 9th-12th grade.  In order to participate, students must have either completed the High School Prep program, received a John R. Oishei Scholarship or a Cullen Foundation Scholarship, or be enrolled in a Buffalo Prep partner high school and be identified as eligible for the Rising to Distinction (RTD) program.

College Prep staff

Marcus Deveso
Assistant Director, Director of Academic Programming

David Johnson
Director of College Counseling Services

David Kash
Guidance Counselor, College Prep Tutor, and High School Prep Special Advisor

Alexys Swygert
Director of College Prep Services

Upcoming Events

Jan 16

Mentor Me Program – Mentor Appreciation

January 16, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Buffalo NY
Feb 22

Mentor Me Program- Bowling

February 22, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm