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Message from the Head of School

Buffalo Seminary aerial view
Helen Marlette, Head of School headshot

Welcome to Buffalo Seminary

It is with great pride that I welcome you to Buffalo Seminary.  Sixteen years ago, I walked through the doors of 205 Bidwell Parkway and felt the power of a school that has strength of tradition and the courage to be innovative.  SEM girls greeted me and wanted me to love SEM as much as they did. They were friendly, confident, and intelligent. From that moment on, I knew that I was a part of something exceptional.

At SEM, the expectations for our students, faculty, and staff are high. Our Honor Code is built on a foundation of respect which establishes trust throughout the community. Our classes are rigorous, yet our size allows the faculty to help each student reach her potential. We are flexible by design; creating individual academic programming that not only ensures exceptional college preparation, it paves the way for our students to be good citizens and lifelong learners.  Our girls are encouraged to discover and pursue their individual interests in our classrooms, throughout Western New York, and beyond.

Since 1851, girls have walked through our doors and experienced the transformational experience that is unique to SEM.  Our graduates are scattered across the globe, always ready to support one another.  Once you’ve finished browsing the website, I invite you to schedule a tour, either in-person or virtually, because the best way to get to know SEM is to experience it for yourself.


I look forward to meeting you,

Helen L. Marlette