Purpose, Promise, Principles, Practice, and Purpose Statement

PURPOSE (What we do)
Park prepares students to be passionate, caring, and creative learners who will thrive in college and in life.
PROMISE (What we will do for your child)
The Park School of Buffalo empowers each student to realize his or her greatest potential. Students leave Park with the integrity, confidence, empathy, self-awareness, analytical skills, and creativity necessary to be productive and successful citizens in an ever-changing world.
PRINCIPLES (What we believe)
Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Kindness inform all that we do at The Park School of Buffalo, including our teaching, coaching, curriculum and signature programs, the traditions that we share, and the attention we give to individual students and the larger community.
PRACTICE (How we do what we do)
As a school founded in the Progressive tradition, Park teaches students to be active participants in their own education and provides unparalleled access to opportunities for independent exploration.
A Park School education integrates the arts, the sciences, and athletics into a vigorous school culture that addresses the needs of the whole individual – body, mind, and spirit – as well as the needs of a family for a responsive and inclusive educational partner.
Park couples a rigorous, college preparatory curriculum with a deliberate, diverse, and supportive community, and expects that all members of our community will seek to be of service at school and in the larger community.
True to our Latin motto of Veritas et Gaudium (Truth and Joy) and our emphasis on “Active Learning for Life,” Park teachers inspire a lifelong love of learning by developing classes and projects that honor each student’s unique qualities, ways of learning, and contributions to the community, while challenging them to recognize and live into their potential.
Park’s pedagogy sustains and rewards student curiosity through independent, experiential, and inquiry-based learning that requires students to risk failure, develop analytical and problem-solving skills, and discover how to transform problems into opportunities.
Park provides students with an education that is Green, Global, Kind, and Future-Focused. These four signature programs make a Park School education uniquely powerful and are aligned with our historical strengths:
Green represents our unique ability to connect students to the natural world through thoughtful curriculum and the use of our 34-acre campus as a hands-on teaching tool.
Global reflects the diversity of our community and a commitment to developing a global mindset and cross-cultural competencies in our students.
Kind refers to rigorous faculty training in social and emotional teaching and learning, and our commitment to creating a community that lives our core values of respect, responsibility, honesty, and kindness.
Future-Focused reminds us that we should always be thinking about providing the 21st century skills that our graduates will need to be productive, successful, and joyful adults.
PROFILE (Who our students become)
Thousands of successful alumni are living testaments to the fact that The Park School of Buffalo provides an exceptional foundation for meeting the rigors of higher education and living responsible, joyous, and productive lives. While few Park alumni are exactly the same, our conversations with hundreds of alumni suggest that they share the common traits of curiosity, confidence, and creativity. Graduates often speak of their time at Park as a seminal experience that provided the habits of mind and strength of character to boldly envision and passionately pursue both the personal and professional lives they wished to lead.
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
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