Buffalo Public Schools serves approximately 34,000 students in
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, the second largest city in the state of New York. It is located in Erie County of western New York and operates nearly 70 facilities.


The Buffalo Public School System was started in 1838, 13 years after the completion of the
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and only 6 years after the 1832 incorporation of the City of Buffalo. Buffalo was the first city in the state of New York to have a free public education system supported by local taxes. Although
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had a free public education system prior to 1838, NYC obtained additional funding through private donations and sources.School Days of Yesterday Buffalo Public School History, by Morton Weed, copyright 2001 G. Morton Reed Buffalo Public Schools' first Superintendent of Schools, Oliver Gray Steele (1805–1879), was a prominent and successful business man. Originally from
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, Steele relocated to Buffalo in 1827. He held three different terms as Superintendent between 1838 and 1852, during which twelve new elementary facilities were built, bringing the total to 15 elementary buildings. A building for a dedicated high school was also purchased during this time. Steele is credited as being the "Father of the Public Schools of Buffalo" as his reorganization of the schools in Buffalo enabled children to have access to a free public education. Over 35 people have held the position of Superintendent of Buffalo Public Schools since that time.


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Elementary schools

''Except where noted, all schools serve Grades
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- 8'' * D'Youville Porter Campus School, Front Park * Buffalo Elementary School of Technology, Willert Park * Early Childhood Center 17, Cold Springs * Dr. Antonia Pantoja Community School of Academic Excellence, Front Park * Native American Magnet School, Grant Ferry * Hillery Park Elementary School, Seneca * Frank A. Sedita Academy, Front Park * Harriet Ross Tubman School, Emslie * Bennett Park Montessori School, Willert Park * Bilingual Center, First Ward * Marva J. Daniel Futures Preparatory School, Medical Park * Lovejoy Discovery School,
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* International School, Grant Ferry * School 48 @ MLK, Medical Park * North Park Community School, North Park * Community School, Kingsley * Dr. George E. Blackman School of Excellence, #54, Parkside * Dr. Charles R. Drew Science Magnet, MLK Park * Annex 59, Polonia * Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction, Leroy * Frederick Law Olmsted School, Park Meadow * Roosevelt Early Childhood Center, Riverside * Discovery School, South Abbott * Houghton Academy, Kaisertown * Lorraine Elementary School, Abbott McKinley * Hamlin Park Claude & Ouida Clapp Academy, Hamlin Park * Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy,
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* William J. Grabiarz School of Excellence,
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* Highgate Heights School,
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* School 81, North Park * Early Childhood Center 82, Kenfield * Health Care Center for Children, Grider * Dr. Lydia T. Wright School of Excellence, Grider * B.U.I.L.D. Community School, MLK Park * Southside Elementary School, Seneca * West Hertel Academy, Military * Waterfront Elementary School, Columbus * Harvey Austin School, Emerson * Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center, Kingsley

Secondary schools

''Except where noted, all schools serve Grades 9-12''

Defunct schools


External links

New York State Education DepartmentBuffalo City Schools New York State Report Card 2007
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