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Happy Campers. Video by Shannon Domaniewski with additional photography by Grace Heidinger '18.

Summer@SEM 2020

School's Out. Summer's In!

June 22 - August 14, 2020


This year we welcome girls entering 4th grade for Summer@SEM Junior with entering 5th graders!



New fun includes:
Learn-to-Golf, Food with Friends - a longer cooking class, Superheroes of the Future, Girl Coders - with individualized projects


Favorites are back by popular demand:
The Voice, Make-up & Up-dos, Dolphin Tank


Always popular:

Creative Chemistry, Dragonworld, It's a Small World, Learn-to-Row at the BSRA, Sailing at the Buffalo Yacht Club


Sleepaway@SEM welcomes girls from around the world and around the region to live in our student residences and experience life in our fun, safe, interesting American city.

Buffalo is a New York Times 50 Best Places to Visit


  • High School Preparation

  • ELL

  • Evening & Weekend Trips & Activities (past summers: Shakespeare in the Park, Niagara Falls, Laser Tag, Movie nights, bonfires & smores.)


Meet Our Director

Elizabeth Coffey





Elizabeth Coffey received a BA in philosophy and religious studies from Buffalo State College and an MA in secondary education from Canisius College in 2008.

Elizabeth teaches AP Biology and AP Government at SEM and has also been athletic director and a house parent in our residential program. She has also been a member of the Peace Corps and a Teach for America teacher.

Summer 2020 is Lizz's third as Director of Summer Programs.


This summer, we’re excited to let you know we're using WALDO, a new photo delivery service where you can get all the photos of your camper delivered straight to your phone!

No more wondering whether it was a good day, we'll deliver proof of fun!

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Cost - it’s free!

After you register your camper, Waldo instructions to set up the texts will follow.