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Buffalo Prep

  • Buffalo Prep
  • 3435 Main Street
    Acheson Annex 18
  • Buffalo, NY 14214
  • 716-829-3605
  • 1989
  • Monyuette Coplin
  • College Prep Director
  • 716-829-2135

Program Description

Our mission is to serve intellectually talented, highly motivated students from economically disadvantaged African American, Hispanic, and Native American communities. We teach tools for future success in local private high schools and highly competitive colleges and universities. Buffalo Prep engages students in mathematics, science, language arts, technology, and social science. Our courses, outstanding instruction, and the camaraderie of learning with other driven peers, provides our students with the resources necessary to become agents of change in their communities. The benefits of participation in Buffalo Prep have been proven and verified by our numerous participants' achievements, so we invite you to learn more about our programs!

Our vision is simple: academically promising minority students will have the opportunity to participate in an educational environment that prepares them for and links them to the best in college education. Possessing high expectations, commitment and perseverance, these students will be successful and evolve to positions of community leadership.

As a nationally recognized academic enrichment program for minority young adults, Buffalo Prep has been challenging its students since 1989. We have improved the educational landscape for disadvantaged minority students in the Western New York area for decades. Buffalo Prep has identified and met the academic, social, and cultural needs of thousands of gifted students who once found insufficient support in their neighborhood schools and at home.

Connecting multiple levels of education, this unique enrichment program enhances the quality of life for more than 300 disadvantaged students and their families each year, and serves as a stepping stone to a brighter future. We partner with 13 consortium private high schools offering nearly $400,000 in yearly financial aid to our students. Buffalo Prep provides these schools with the opportunity to take advantage of a more diverse student body, which helps all students, families, and staff members forge relationships that transcend racial, ethnic and economic differences. This diversity helps to prepare all students for colleges and workplaces that are becoming more representative of America's diverse community.

To meet the increasing needs of inner city students in Western New York, Buffalo Prep has continued to expand, and now offers three programs to help students excel in school and beyond: Middle School Prep, High School Prep, and College Prep.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Other
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • Less than 25%