Co-Curricular Programs

At The Park School, students experience more than rigorous academics. They are also expected to serve their community, delve deeply into their studies, and to participate in sports and other extracurricular activities such as...

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  • Academic Olympiad

    A day-long event event in which all of the students in grades 5 through 8 compete in teams of 5-6 students of mixed grade levels to complete specific discipline-related stations. Students race against the clock, rotating in and out of hands-on, brain-teasing activities to earn points. Teams scoring the highest total of points at the close of the event receive honors.
  • Dances and Mixers

    The Middle School Student Government plans a variety of social events throughout the year. Students work closely with the group’s advisor to plan activities that promote student interaction outside of the school day. Such mixers as Cocoa House, Movie Night, and Spring Dance provide opportunities for students to chat and have fun in a relaxed, but structured setting. Both dances and mixers are chaperoned by members of the middle school faculty.
  • Dr. Raoul Hailpern Math Bee

    The annual math bee is a school-level competition honoring a beloved past Park mathematics teacher aimed at promoting mathematical reasoning and problem solving skills. All Middle School students are encouraged to participate. The student earning the highest score in the competition is awarded a new TI-80 graphing calculator.
  • Field Day

    Students are divided into Orange and Brown teams and compete in various activities for points throughout the year. Field Day culminates the school year with plenty of physical challenges. Points are added to those earned earlier in the school year with the team earning the most points at the close of the school year winning a Spirit Cup.
  • Moving Up Awards Celebration

    The Moving Up Awards Celebration is held at the close of the school year to acknowledge the academic, artistic and athletic accomplishments of the middle school students and to wish the 8th grade students well in their endeavors in Upper School.
  • Multicultural Luncheon

    The Multicultural luncheon is a much anticipated annual event. Middle School students bring a dish to share that represents their cultural heritage. Grandparents and other special friends are the guests of honor at this festive pot-luck, whch also features multicultural entertainment. The luncheon promotes  cultural diversity and awareness, and to celebrate the differences amongst the student body.
  • Pet Show Days

    Throughout the year, middle school students are invited to bring their pet(s) to share with the student body in a special assembly during Morning Meeting. Students are asked to prepare a short talk explaining the pet’s name, kind of pet, how the pet was acquired, the age of the pet, why the pet is special, and any special talents the pet may have. Parents/guardians accompany the pet to school and take the pet home again at the close of Morning Meeting.
  • Spirit Week

    Spirit Week is held three times during the school year, one in the fall, winter, and spring. Spirit Week  builds class spirit and social interaction among students in the same grade level, as well as with those in other grades. Students participate in various indoor and outdoor activities, including theme dress-up days, tug-of-war contests, sled races, and pie eating competitions. Spirit Week activities are planned by members of the Middle School Student Government and its advisor, and are supervised by class advisors.
  • The Buffalo News/Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee

    This contest is open to all sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. Students participate in a preliminary written test to qualify. Those scoring 75% or above on the preliminary written test move on to the oral school-level contest. The school champion then moves on to the written county test, taken by all county champions. The final level of the competition is the televised Scripps Howard National Spelling Bee held in Washington, D.C. in the spring.
  • The National Geographic Bee

    The Bee is a national geography competition for middle schoolers. Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, it encourages the teaching and learning of geography. Students meet with an advisor to prepare for a school-level contest. The winner advances to the local area competition, which is a written exam with winners advancing to the state competition. Winners at the state level go on to compete in the final round of the televised National Geographic Bee in the spring.
  • Turkey Bake for Compass House

    An annual middle school community service project to benefit Compass House, a non-profit organization that provides safe shelter for runaways and homeless youth.  With the assistance of parent volunteers and the guidance of Compass House representatives, Park middle school students provide turkey dinners with all the fixings each Thanksgiving. Middle school students prepare mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, rolls, and also package up the dinners.
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one 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.

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