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.
Partner high schools
We partner with 19 private, public, and charter high schools that offer nearly $500,000 in financial aid to our students each year. Buffalo Prep, in turn, provides these schools with the opportunity to embrace a more diverse student body, which helps all students, families, and staff members forge relationships that transcend racial, ethnic, and economic boundaries. This diversity helps to prepare all students for colleges and workplaces that are becoming more representative of the greater diverse community.
We are proud to partner with:
Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School
Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart
Canisius High School
Cardinal O’Hara High School
City Honors School
Leonardo da Vinci High School
The Gow School
Hutchinson Central Technical High School
Mount Mercy Academy
Mount Saint Mary Academy
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
College Prep staff
Assistant Director, Director of Academic Programming
Director of College Counseling Services
Guidance Counselor, College Prep Tutor, and High School Prep Special Advisor
Director of College Prep Services