• Welcome to the 2021-2022 BPS Frederick Law Olmsted & City Honors Application Process




    BPS #156 Frederick Law Olmsted

    The mission of The Frederick Law Olmsted School is to provide its students with an educational experience that merges academic rigor and relevance with creativity and social responsibility within a safe, caring environment.


    BPS #195 City Honors

    City Honors School is a supportive learning community located in the City of Buffalo that provides a culture of collaboration and promotes critical thinking through the International Baccalaureate Program at all grade levels and for all students. By providing an accelerated curriculum and an enriched environment, where international-mindedness is promoted and celebrated, City Honors School endeavors to develop life-long learners who are caring and innovative global citizens.

















    Families MUST pre-register for testing below. For Student and staff safety, walk-up testing in not available this year.



    Steps to the Frederick Law Olmsted and City Honors

    Application Process 

    Important! Please read carefully before completing the application.


    step 1



    Who can apply?  

    Your child is eligible to complete an application to test for Frederick Law Olmsted and City Honors if they are:

    • A current Buffalo Public School (BPS) student ( Must be a current resident of the City of Buffalo unless identified as a McKinney-Vento Student).
    • A NON-BPS student (i.e., those who attend charter, parochial, private schools, or are home schooled) currently residing in the City of Buffalo.
    • Currently in grades 4,5,6,7,8 (can test for Frederick Law Olmsted & City Honors).
    • Currently in grades 9,10,11 (can test for Frederick Law Olmsted only).


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    If a student lives in the City of Buffalo, but attending a school located outside of the Buffalo Public School District, you must provide a letter from the student’s current District of enrollment verifying the following information: School District, School Name, Last Name, First Name, Date of Birth, Current Address, Parent/Guardian and Dates of Attendance.

    This letter must be attached along with the 2019-2020 1st & 2nd marking period grades. If this is not attached, the application will be voided. All letters will be verified by a Registration representative from the Office of Student Placement & Registration.


    Example; my child resides in the City of Buffalo however, he/she is still in attendance in the Cheektowaga School District, Williamsville School District or NYC School District.





    step 2

    Application Information


    What information do I need to know prior to completing an application?  Click below to view the complete copy of the Application Guidelines.

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    • All online applications must be completed and submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. on March 26, 2021.
    • All paper applications must be completed and submitted at Central Registration no later than 3:30 p.m. on March 12, 2021.
    • All students must be pre-registered in order to test as there are limited seats.
    • Students are permitted to complete one test per year according to the admissions testing schedule. The same test is used for admissions eligibility to both Frederick Law Olmsted and City Honors Schools; students who complete the admissions testing will automatically be ranked for both schools.





    step 3  


    Required Documents


    What documents do I need to apply?

    • BPS Students
      • Complete a 2021-2022 Frederick Law Olmsted and City Honors School application.
    • NON-BPS
      • Complete a 2021-2022 Frederick Law Olmsted and City Honors School application.
      • The required documents outlined below: (all NON-BPS applicants must reside in the City of Buffalo and upload the required documents at the bottom of the application in order to apply for the admissions test):
        • Student’s Birth Certificate;
        • Photo Identification for parent/guardian;
        • (2) Distinct proofs of City of Buffalo residency (Choose 2 different proofs from the list of the 4 below showing your Buffalo address): (1) Parent/guardian New York State driver’s license or non-driver’s license; (2) gas, electric, or cable bill within the last 30 days (only one utility bill can be used); (3) parent/guardian’s pay stub within the last 30 days; or (4) Notice of Decision from the Erie County Department of Social Services from 2020  or 2021;
        • Student’s report card for marking periods 1 and 2 from 2019-2020;
        • Student’s attendance record for marking periods 1 and 2 from 2019-2020 (may appear on report card);
        • Current IEP, 504, or English Language Learner documents, if applicable.


      reminder NON-BPS Students: Before completing the application for your child, please ensure you have all the            required documents. Applications submitted without the required documents will not be processed    and your child will be unable to secure a testing date.






    step 4  


    Application Submission

    Ready to apply?


    Complete Application Online 



     Complete Application Via Paper


    Note: All paper applications must be delivered to Central Registration, 33 Ash Street, Buffalo, New York 14204 - Monday- Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


     The application process has official closed.




     After Submission


    What happens after my child’s application is submitted?


    • All applicants will receive an email confirmation indicating their application was submitted to Student Placement & Registration.
    • Once your child’s application and/or documents have been reviewed by a Student Placement & Registration Representative, you will receive another email indicating one of the following:
      • Your child’s application has been accepted and verified and a school representative will contact you to schedule a testing date.
    • OR 
      • Student Placement and Registration is unable to process your child's application as it was submitted incomplete. 




     Application Tips: 

     #1 - Please double check your email address to ensure it is correct before submitting your application.

     #2 - Please check your email account and telephone voicemail daily. Once your application has been received and verified, a scheduling representative will contact you to schedule testing. 





    What are the next steps after my child has tested?

    • An independent vendor will compile your child’s cumulative score and forward the results to Student Placement & Registration.
    • Admissions notification letters including your child’s cumulative scores will be mailed via U.S. Mail.


    Application Reminder: If you move to a new address or change your telephone number during the application & admissions process, please notify Student Placement & Registration at bpsschoolchoiceapplication@buffaloschools.org with the updated information.






    Kelli Daniels, Director of Student Placement & Registration

    Telephone:  716-816-3717 – Email: kdaniels@buffaloschools.org