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An independent day & boarding school for college-bound girls


Founded in 1851, SEM is an extraordinary day and boarding school for girls from across Western New York, the United States, and the world. With its understanding of traditional and creative approaches to education in the 21st century, SEM inspires graduates to emerge from their high school experience as leaders, proud to shape society rather than be controlled or defined by it. They live and lead with energy, confidence, honor, and courage.

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What makes SEM so special? Students, alums, parents and faculty share their stories.

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Celebrate Helen L. Marlette

June 8, 2024

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Celebrate Helen

Traditions and School Life

Both serious and fun traditions are at the core of our school culture.


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Traditions and School Life

Live at SEM - Our Boarding Program

SEM’s residential students live together in a beautiful community and neighborhood adjacent to the school.

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Live at SEM - Our Boarding Program

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Summer at SEM


News & Events


Buffalo Seminary appoints 15th Head of School

Blair Parker

On behalf of SEM’s Board of Trustees and the Head of School Search Committee, we are thrilled to announce that Blair Parker has been appointed Buffalo Seminary’s 15th Head of School, effective July 2024.

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