Our academic program prepares every girl not just for the rigors of college, but also for the sheer joy of lifelong intellectual curiosity.
SEM’s interdisciplinary curriculum emphasizes academic scholarship, service to the community, leadership skills, physical and emotional well-being, creative expression, and personal integrity.
At SEM, our students learn how to approach a difficult academic subject or a new activity with vigor and confidence. They aren’t afraid to take risks or to challenge themselves to excel.
More Opportunities for Academic Excellence
Throughout her years at SEM, each student is expected to develop core competencies in all five of the major disciplines, giving her a solid foundation in the humanities, the sciences, and the arts. She is also encouraged to pursue Honors and Advanced Placement courses in areas of particular strength. Advanced electives during junior and senior year cover a range of topics, and opportunities for independent study can be arranged for self-motivated scholars.
Teachers Who Are As Passionate As They Are Experienced
Our dynamic and knowledgeable faculty will always be the cornerstone of a superior education at SEM. Our small and selective nature ensures the faculty's ability to mentor students and personally commit to a girl’s success. Thanks to experienced teachers who teach by allowing students to learn from each other as much as they learn from them, each SEM student benefits from opportunities to express her own point of view. SEM's Harkness tables and the seminar style discussions they foster ensure every student's voice is expressed and heard.
Technology That Puts Girls in Control
SEM has been a 1:1 tablet school pioneer since 2008. Every student is issued her own computer which is updated to a new model every two years. Teachers receive consistent professional development so that they can access the latest research tools. Students learn to research, manipulate, analyze, and communicate information in a safe, effective, and responsible manner.
A Legacy of Success
Whether they graduated five-years-ago or fifty, our alumnae report that thanks to the classroom and teacher experiences they had at SEM – they leave high school more well-prepared than the other college freshmen they encounter. Our Harkness tables and the learning they foster prepare them for the seminar classes they will encounter at college. Aerin Wagner '17 wrote this story about Harkness tables for The Buffalo News.
Our graduates tackle the most demanding college and university requirements, pursue a variety of careers, and meet challenges with confidence. SEM girls are ready to attend large colleges and universities and to speak and excel in co-ed college classes.