Diversity Statement

At The Park School, diversity is a positive aspect of our lives and an essential component of education. Students, staff, parents, board members, and friends of the School recognize and respect the fact that diversity exists in the languages we speak, the colors of our skin, the genders and ages we are, the traditions we observe, the structures of our families, the financial and educational resources in our families, and the special needs we may have. We believe that our distinctive heritages, beliefs, and choices of expression help define us as individuals, and that our commitment to learning about one another and the larger world unites us as a community. Differences of all kinds are acknowledged and explored with enthusiasm and respect.

The Park School assumes an ongoing responsibility to act as part of a larger community. In our recruitment practices for both families and faculty we strive to create a community whose members reflect the diversity inherent in the greater Buffalo area, as well as in the world. In our curriculum, such topics as race, ethnicity, family structure, gender, religion, physical attributes, sexual orientation, and economic differences are introduced and studied in ways that are developmentally appropriate. At our assemblies, special events, guest lectures, and extra-curricular activities, we work to further our commitment to diversity.
We view the family as the primary source of traditions, celebrations, and values for children. The role of the school is to affirm that each individual has a distinct identity, and to help children appreciate their own identities and those of others. We believe that the experience of a Park education will enable children to value themselves while preparing them to participate with pride and confidence in a rich, complex society. We recognize that working to provide such an experience requires dedication and an ongoing commitment of time, energy, and resources.

Founded on the principle of respect, The Park School is a place where children can listen, question, challenge, probe, and thereby make sense of their world. When students graduate from Park, we hope they will carry with them a strong sense of their identity, a willingness to see the common threads that run through all our lives, and a high regard for the value and breadth of differences.

Our Mission

The Park School of Buffalo engages the whole student in a diverse and creative community that nurtures the joy and responsibility of active learning in all, from our youngest learners to our graduates, who leave with the skills essential to college success and the confidence to serve and lead.

Our Core Values


Our Principles

A Park School education should teach students how:

To learn how to learn and enjoy learning
To engage creatively in the discipline of learning
To experience success and to risk failure
To practice freedom with responsibility
To transform challenge into opportunity
To be curious, to explore, and to discover
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one of the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

The Park School Of Buffalo

4625 Harlem Road
Snyder, NY 14226
Receptionist: 716-839-1242
Voicemail: 716-839-1243
Fax: 716-839-2014