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Academic Profile

 

 

 2018-2019

 

 

BUFFALO SEMINARY

Helen L. Marlette, Head of School

205 Bidwell Parkway

Molly O. Greene, Director of College Counseling

Buffalo, New York 14222

 

(716)  885-6780 FAX (716) 885-6785

CEEB#: 330990

                

SCHOOL: Founded in 1851, Buffalo Seminary is a small, selective, independent, nonsectarian, day and boarding, college preparatory girls’ school. Enrollment in grades 9 through 12 is 183 (155 day, 28 boarding). 100% of graduates enroll in four-year colleges. 42% of the students receive need-based financial aid. There are 37 members of the teaching faculty. 70% hold degrees beyond a BA/BS. The student-teacher ratio is 5 to 1. SEM is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and a member of The Association of Boarding Schools, The National Association of Independent Schools, The Small Boarding School Association, The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and the One Schoolhouse Online School for Girls.

SCHOOL LIFE: Buffalo Seminary is dedicated to being a school where integrity, honesty, tolerance and concern for others are dominant forces. The Academic Honor Code requires each student to sign an Honor Pledge on all tests, papers, examinations, and designated homework assignments. Each student has a faculty advisor and at each grade level, there is a class dean who facilitates collective goal-setting, monitors class dynamics, and gives support to class officers. There is a variety of committees, clubs, and boards on which students gain leadership skills (including School Government Association, international and cultural awareness clubs, Mock Trial, Math Club, Science Club, Model UN, Writers’ Club, Book Club, Dance Club, Outdoors Club, Ski Club, Seminaria (yearbook), Community Service Board, SADD, GSA). Opportunities abound in drama (2 productions annually), vocal, and instrumental ensembles. The athletic program provides interscholastic competition in the following 14 sports: basketball, bowling, crew, cross country, fencing, field hockey, golf, indoor track, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, squash, swimming, and tennis.

ACADEMIC PROGRAM: Buffalo Seminary has the following requirements for graduation: English (4 years), History (3 years), Foreign Language (3 years), Mathematics (3 years), Science (3 years), a 4th year of either Math or Science, Fine Arts (2 years and 2 trimesters). It is the expectation that every Buffalo Seminary student contribute in a meaningful way to her community, both in and out of school and we provide numerous opportunities for community service through partner nonprofit organizations. We are on a trimester system. English electives, with the exception of AP English Language & Composition and Foundational Junior English, are open to juniors AND seniors.

CAPSTONE PROGRAM: The Class of 2019 is the second at SEM to complete a Capstone program. Before she graduates, each SEM student devotes herself to a self-directed project of her own design. Our Capstone scaffolding is begun in the freshman and sophomore years with research classes. Each SEM junior spends a trimester reflecting on her passions and talents, narrowing down her research question, and planning the details of her Capstone project, all under the guidance of a multidisciplinary team of faculty. As a senior, guided by a faculty mentor, she will complete and share her project, which includes an academic piece of writing and an artifact to be presented in an academic symposium (SEMposium).

ADVANCED PLACEMENT: It is Buffalo Seminary’s policy that the reporting of AP scores is left to the discretion of each senior, although she is required to take the exam if she is enrolled in an AP course. In May 2018, 61 SEM students sat for 116 exams in the following subjects: Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Lang. & Comp., English Lit. & Comp., French Lang. & Culture, Microeconomics, Physics C., Psychology, Spanish Lang. & Culture, Statistics, U.S. Gov. & Politics, U.S. History, and World History. Students earned a 3 or above on 76% of those tests. While there is no formal cap on how many AP courses a student can take, rarely does a student take more than three per year. Students must receive either teacher or department chair approval to enroll in an AP and/or honors course.

CLASS OF 2019: 43 students

COURSE DESIGNATIONS: AP (Advanced Placement); H (Honors) – Courses designed to provide more intensive study for students of superior ability and interest; No Letter Designation (Standard) – College preparatory course

COURSE OFFERINGS FOR SENIORS FOR THE 2018-19 SCHOOL YEAR*:

ENGLISH

Autobiography (I, II)

Conspiracy Literature (I, II, III)

Hamlet

Magical Realism in Literature

Medieval Romance

Modern and Contemporary Poetry

Poetic Proclamations in Hip-Hop

Queer Literature & Theory

Reel Narrative

Science Fiction & Progress

Short Story

MATH

AP Calculus AB, BC (full year)

AP Statistics (full year)

Introduction to Calculus (full year)

Financial Algebra (A, B, C)

PreCalculus (full year)

 

HISTORY

AP European History

AP U.S. Government & Politics (two trimesters)

The '60s in America

Urban Studies

World Today

SCIENCE**

AP Biology (full year)

AP Chemistry (full year)

AP Physics C: Mechanics (full year)

Astronomy: Search for Alien Life

Astronomy: Solar System

Astronomy: Stars & Galaxies

Introduction to Python

Video Game Design

 

ONLINE SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

AP Psychology

AP French Language

AP Microeconomics

AP Latin

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

AP Spanish Language (full year)

Introduction, Intermediate, or Advanced Spanish/French (depending where a student is in requirement) (full year)

Spanish: Afro-Latinos

Spanish: l'Actualidad

Spanish: Latino American Cinema

French: Bon Appetit!

French: Francophone Culture in Film

French:  L'Acutalite

 

 

*classes are one trimester in length unless otherwise noted

**students cannot take both AP Chemistry and AP Biology because of a scheduling conflict

EXPLANATION OF GRADES:

A+ = 100-97

B+ = 89-87

C+ = 79-77

D = 65-69

A

= 96-93

B = 86-83

C = 73-76

F = 64 and below

A

= 92-90

B- = 80-82

C- = 70-72

 

Students whose averages are 3.33 (B+) or greater (with no grade lower than C+) earn Merit Roll; whose averages are 3.67 (A-) or greater (with no grade lower than B) earn Honor Roll; and whose averages are 4.33 (with no grade lower than A-) earn High Honor Roll. Students are only awarded these honors at the end of the year based on their final grades. For this purpose alone, grade point averages are calculated on a 4-point scale, with added weight given to Honors and Advanced Placement courses.  We do not provide a GPA to colleges.

FINAL JUNIOR YEAR GRADE DISTRIBUTION ACADEMIC COURSES (*Unweighted*):

 

A+

A

A-

B+

B

B-

C+

C

C-

D or below

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

English*

33

30

23

13

7

4

0

4

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Math

7

11

10

6

5

1

1

2

0

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History

1

16

7

6

5

5

2

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science

2

16

9

4

6

2

1

0

0

0

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign Language

0

8

9

8

7

3

1

5

2

1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*final trimester grades, not final year grades

 

STANDARDIZED TESTING CLASS OF 2019

SAT Subject Test

 

Mid 50%

Mean

Students tested

Biology - Ecology

610 - 670

640

2

Biology - Molecular

530 - 570

583

7

Chemistry

600 - 670

668

4

English Literature

650 - 730

690

2

Math Level I

690 - 690

690

1

Math Level II

660 - 720

700

3

Spanish

570 - 570

570

1

U.S. History

620 - 690

655

2

World History

500 - 640

570

2

s

SAT Reasoning Test through the December 2018 test 

 

Mid 50%

Mean

Evidence-based Reading & Writing

590 - 700

  638

Math

540 - 700

  622

TOTAL

1150-1370

         1260

 

         Mid 50%

Mean

Composite

 24-29

 26.4

 

 

 

 

ACT Test through the October 2018 test 

 

 

 

 

 

2014-2018 COLLEGE MATRICULATION:

University of Alabama

Allegheny College

American University

Amherst College

Assumption College

Babson College

Belmont University

Binghamton University (SUNY)

Boston College

Boston University

Brown University

University at Buffalo (SUNY)

University of California
Davis 
Los Angeles   
San Diego
Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz

California Institute of Technology    

Canisius College

Case Western Reserve University

Clarkson University

Colgate University

College of Charleston  

University of Connecticut

Cornell University

CUNY
Baruch

Daemen College

Davidson University

University of Dayton

Denison University

DePaul University

Drexel University

Duke University

Duquesne University

D’Youville College

Eckerd College

Emory University

Fairfield University

The University of Findlay

Fordham University

Franklin & Marshall College

The George Washington University

Georgetown University

Gettysburg College

Goucher College

Hampshire College

Hampton University

Hawaii Pacific University

High Point University

Hilbert College

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Houghton College

Howard University

University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign

Indiana University
Bloomington

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Ithaca College

Jacksonville University

John Carroll University

Johns Hopkins University

Kent State University

Kenyon College

LIM College

Lafayette College

Lincoln University

Long Island University

Loyola University Chicago

Maryland Institute College of Art

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Medaille College

Mercyhurst University

University of Miami

Michigan State University

Middlebury College

Mount Holyoke College

Nazareth College

University of New Hampshire

New York University

Niagara University

Northeastern University

University of Notre Dame

Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences

Ohio State University

Ohio University

Ohio Wesleyan University

University of Oregon

Pace University

Pennsylvania State University

University of Pittsburgh

Pratt Institute

Queens University (Canada)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhode Island School of Design

University of Rochester

Rochester Institute of Technology

Roger Williams University

Rutgers University

University of San Francisco

Sarah Lawrence

Savannah College of Art and Design

Simmons College

Skidmore College

St. Edward’s University

St. John Fisher College

St. Lawrence University

Suffolk University

SUNY Alfred State College

SUNY Buffalo State College

SUNY Canton

SUNY Fredonia

SUNY Geneseo

SUNY New Paltz

SUNY Oswego

SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Purchase

Syracuse University

United States Military Academy

The University of the Arts

University of Tampa

University of Toronto (Canada)

Tufts University

Utica College

University of Vermont

Washington College

University of Wisconsin
Madison

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Xavier University (OH)

Yale University