Nichols At A Glance


School Facts:

  • Average Class Size: 14
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1
  • Acres: 30
  • Founded: 1892
  • Average Enrollment: 570
  • Boy/Girl Ratio: 50% / 50%
  • Endowment: $25 million
  • AP Classes: 20

Until you can visit Nichols in person, here's a glimpse at our campus:

History

Founded in 1892 by William Nichols, Nichols School is a nationally recognized co-educational college preparatory school, for grades 5 through 12. We are an independent school and non-denominational. With an average enrollment of 570 students, the average class size is 14 students.

School Life

For more than 120 years, Nichols has grown alongside Buffalo, thoughtfully evolving while maintaining our traditions and roots. When we innovate, we do so deliberately. Nichols strives to reflect the racial, cultural, religious and socioeconomic constitution of our local community by providing need-based financial aid to about 30% of our student body. We offer something unattainable elsewhere in Western New York, and we hope to make this educational experience available to all who wish to meet the challenge. Nichols students represent over 45 different villages and cities in the Western New York and Southern Ontario area. We also welcome several international students to our School community each year.

Faculty with Advanced Degrees

Faculty, chosen for their expertise, regularly publish in their academic field: 75% have master’s degrees; 10% have doctoral degrees. About 14% of faculty members are Nichols alumni. They are committed to the School’s educational mission and they have an average of 20 years of service. Teachers are involved in student life beyond their classrooms, serving as student advisors, coaches, club advisors and mentors.Faculty & Staff Directory

Accreditation & Honors

Nichols is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the New York State Department of Education. It received national recognition in the Secondary School Recognition Program and Exemplary Private School Recognition Program. Nichols also is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.

Geographic Representations

Nichols students represent over 45 different villages and cities in the Western New York and Southern Ontario area. We also welcome several international students each year.

Campus

Nichols School has occupied a special place in Buffalo and the greater Western New York community for many years. Located on 30 acres, the School is minutes away from galleries, historic houses, Olmstead parks and The Buffalo Zoo, our campus feels like a small liberal arts college. Our beautifully landscaped urban campus includes seven separate buildings linked by tree-lined sidewalks and several indoor passageways. To view a map of our campus, click here.

Arts Facilities

  • Flickinger Performing Arts Center
  • Visual Arts studios
  • Digital Filmmaking Studio and Photography Lab
  • Dance Studio
  • The Middle School “Pond” Art and Theater Space

Athletic Facilities

  • Scully Athletic Center and Laettner Gymnasium
  • Five playing fields, including two synthetic turf fields
  • Dann Memorial Ice Rink, with two ice surfaces
  • Five tennis courts
  • Three international squash courts