Life at The Park School

International Students at The Park School of Buffalo

International students are a welcome addition to the Park School community. The School has a deliberately small and highly effective English Language Support (ELS) program that annually sponsors F1 visas for approximately 25 students to study in our upper school (grades 9 through 12). International students are enrolled in the same classes as American students. However, an International Studies Coordinator, who provides English language support as well as TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) preparation, guides them through their studies.

Preparation for University and Life Beyond

Park's International Student Program attracts students from around the world, most of whom attend The Park School for four years in preparation for University. This extended stay allows students to become part of the Park community and to gain mastery of both academic and colloquial English. One hundred percent of Park School graduates are accepted to college, including our international students, who leave our school with a well-developed understanding of American culture.

Academic Program

The International Student Program is designed to help international students be successful in their academic and social endeavors at the Park School of Buffalo. This program encompasses TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) as well as the School's college preparatory curriculum. Emphasis is placed on the development and refinement of academic skills in the English language, particularly reading and writing, to ensure that our international students' academic English skills are commensurate with their age and grade level. International students are expected to meet the same demands and expectations of all Park School students. They are required to take "Writing and Literature for International Students" and all other classes are upper school curriculum courses taken with their American peers. The Program ensures that our students have adequate academic support through midday and free period, as well as after school tutorials to assist them academically. Through our advisory program, students have help for any social or cultural issues they may encounter.

Over the years we have developed a very successful, rewarding, and academically challenging program for international students. One hundred percent of our graduating international students are accepted to college. Recent admissions have included:

Skidmore College
Emory University
Northeastern University
University of Illinois
University of California at San Diego
Purdue University
SUNY at Buffalo
Ohio State University

Living in Buffalo

International students reside with host families in the Buffalo, New York area. Park matches International Students who are interested in studying at the School with a family who has expressed a desire to host them for the 10-month school term. These may be current Park School families, teachers or staff, or families with whom Park has developed a relationship. In some instances, the student has local family and chooses to stay with them.

Where is the Park School of Buffalo?

The Park School of Buffalo is a private, co-educational, college preparatory day school located in Amherst, New York (near Buffalo, NY). Based on statistics reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigations, Amherst has frequently been ranked as one of the top Safest Cities in America.

Buffalo is the second most populous city in the state of New York. Located in Western New York on the eastern shore of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River, Buffalo is the principal city of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area. The city itself has a population of 300,000 and the metropolitan area is home to more than 1 million people, (making it the 47th most populous region in the United States). Buffalo is home to many public and private colleges and universities including the University at Buffalo, one of the four University systems in the State University of New York (SUNY) system.

International Students at The Park School

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Contact Admissions:

If you would like more information, including directions on how to apply, contact:

Mrs. Marnie Cerrato
Director of Enrollment Management
Phone: 716-839-1243 x107

You may complete the inquiry form below and Mrs. Cerrato will contact you.
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

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