School Admission Process
WHO SHOULD APPLY
If you can answer YES to any of the following questions, you must complete an application for your child for the 2020-2021 school year.
Is your child . . .
- entering school for the very first time, for example entering Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, or first grade?
- a new or returning student to the BPS District?
WHERE TO OBTAIN AN APPLICATION
Elementary Students (2020-2021)
Elementary applications for students applying to 3Y & Pre-Kindergarten through grade 8 for the 2020-2021 school year are available. Note: Do NOT use this application if applying to Frederick Law Olmsted #156 (grades 5, 6, 7, 8) or City Honors #195 (grades 5, 6, 7, 8); see application below for #156 and #195.
High School Students (2020-2021)
High school applications for students applying to grades 9 through 12 for the 2020-2021 school year are available.
Note: Do NOT use this application if applying to Frederick Law Olmsted #156 (grades 9, 10, 11, 12) or City Honors #195 (grade 9); see application below for #156 and #195.
Frederick Law Olmsted #156 and City Honors School #195 (2020-2021)
Applications for non-Buffalo Public School students applying to Frederick Law Olmsted #156 (grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) or City Honors #195 (grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) for the 2020-2021 school year are available.
Note: This application must only be completed by students who currently DO NOT attend a Buffalo Public School (i.e., those who attend Charter, Parochial, or Private schools or are home schooled) and want to be considered for admission to Frederick Law Olmsted #156 (grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) or City Honors School #195 (grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9). No application is required for applicants who are current Buffalo Public School students; an application will automatically be generated for all current Buffalo Public School students who take the admissions test.
For further information, contact Central Registration Center at BPSschoolchoiceapplication@buffaloschools.org or 816-3717.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
ELEMENTARY AGE & TOILETING REQUIREMENTS for 2020-2021
- Bennett Park Montessori #32 program for 3-year olds: Applicants must be 3 years old on or before December 31, 2020 (born in 2017).
- Pre-Kindergarten: Applicants must be 4 years old on or before December 31, 2020 (born in 2016).
- Kindergarten: Applicants must 5 years old on or before December 31, 2020 (born in 2015).
- Students entering the 3-year old Montessori program, pre-kindergarten, or kindergarten are recommended to be toilet trained by the first day of school."
SIBLING PREFERENCE is granted to students in grades Pre-Kindergarten to 8, based on seat availability and the following conditions:
- Sibling must be a brother or sister of the applicant and reside within the same household.
- Sibling must be currently registered in a Buffalo Public School in grades 3Y to 8; sibling preference is never granted to students in grades 9-12.
- Sibling preference is only given to students who will be attending the same school. Note: Frederick Law Olmsted #64 and Frederick Law Olmsted #156 are two different schools; sibling preference does not apply.
- Sibling preference must be requested on the application.
- Sibling preference does not apply to criteria-based programs.
PROXIMITY PREFERENCE is granted to students based on seat availability and the following conditions:
- (1) Residence is located 0.1 to 0.7 mile radius of the school [Walkers]; or (2) Residence is located 0.71 to 1.5 mile radius of the school [Community].
- Proximity preference does not apply to criteria-based programs.
ATTENDANCE BOUNDARY is granted based on seat availability at the following schools:
Frederick Law Olmsted Elementary #64
- 65% of the seats are assigned citywide to the test-in Gifted and Talented program (testing completed in the fall, 2019).
- 35% of the seats are assigned to students as follows: (1) Neighborhood siblings; (2) Neighborhood; (3) Citywide siblings; (4) Citywide with proximity preference; and (5) Citywide. CLICK HERE for neighborhood information.
Discovery School #67
- 50% of the seats are assigned to students within the original residential zone. CLICK HERE for residential boundary information.
- 50% of the seats are assigned to students citywide.
Highgate Heights Elementary #80
Preference is given to students living in Buffalo Promise Neighborhood zone. CLICK HERE for neighborhood boundary information.
REQUIRED REGISTRATION DOCUMENTS FOR NEW OR RETURNING STUDENTS TO BPSParent/legal guardian must present the following documents in order to register their new or returning child into the BPS:
One (1) document that links parent/guardian to student being registered:
- Certified birth certificate which includes parent(s) name (from any country)
- I-94 card (including Immigration Family Page)
- Baptismal certificate (from any country)
- Federal or state income tax form within one year that lists child being registered as a dependent
- Custody papers
Two (2) proofs of address in the City of Buffalo in parent/guardian’s name; acceptable proofs include any two (2) of the following documents:Note: If your housing is uncertain or you live at a temporary address, you can still enroll in the BPS and be entitled to free transportation under the McKinney-Vento Act. CLICK HERE for more information.
- Certified birth certificate (from any country)
- Baptismal record (from any country)
- Passport (from any country)
- Driver’s license
- State or government ID
- School photo ID with date of birth
- Consulate ID card
- Hospital or health records
- Military dependent ID card
- Documents from federal/state/local agencies (Department of Social Services,Office of Refugee Resettlement, etc.)
- Court orders
- Native American tribal document
- Records from international aid agencies or voluntary agencies
- Valid New York State driver permit, driver license, or non-driver license with current address
- Gas, electric, or cable bill within the last 30 days
- Pay stub within the last 30 days / Direct assistance check stub from Resettlement Agencies / Child Support check from New York State
- Notice of Decision Statement from the Erie County Department of Social Services (current year)
- Valid Voter Registration Card with current address
- Valid Library Card with current address
- Signed residential lease, deed, or mortgage statement
- Notarized letter from homeowner stating that you live there/pay rent there
- State or other government issued identification with current address
- Custody or guardianship papers with current address
- W-2 of federal or state income tax form within one year that lists current address
Parent/legal guardian photo ID
Up-to-date immunization record (CLICK HERE to see requirements)
Latest report card (grades 1-8), official transcript (grades 9-12), and special education documents (IEP), if applicable
Legal guardianship or custody papers (if the child does not reside with the biological parent)
Proof of physical examination within the last year (must be submitted to the school within 30 days of start of school)
ADMISSIONS TESTING & OPEN HOUSE DATES
to view Admissions Testing and Open House dates for the 2020-2021 school year.
to view Admissions Testing Dates for 2020-2021 for Frederick Law Olmsted #156 and City Honors #195.