For the fourth year in a row, Nichols School was ranked as the best private high school in the Buffalo area by leading school review site, Niche. Students, parents and alumni who share reviews of Nichols School on Niche valued the school’s rigorous academics, outstanding teachers, college preparation, and extracurricular clubs and activities.
Nichols School earned a third consecutive #1 placement from Niche on the list of Best Private School Teachers in Buffalo. Teachers at Nichols shape rigorous, extensive curriculum as they see fit to make learning rewarding and relevant for each student. The faculty at Nichols are able to provide individualized attention to their students and encourage their growth. 81 percent of Nichols School teachers have an advanced degree, including eight who have received a Ph.D. in their field.
Nichols was also rated first on Niche’s list of Best College Prep Private High Schools in the Buffalo area. Individualized attention doesn’t end in the classroom for students at Nichols, it extends right into the College Counseling Office. Nichols’ College Counseling team supports families along the entire journey from considering colleges and majors to making the final decision. Each student works directly with one of three college counselors, who meets with that student and their family beginning in sophomore year. The College Center also hosts college visits and educational events for families, and guides students through the standardized testing process.
Nichols was also rated first among private schools for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the Buffalo area. The school's commitment to STEM learning is most evident at the Class of 1963 Center for Math and Science, which boasts eight mathematics classrooms and seven Upper School science classrooms with labs, and a STEM Lab and Maker Space in Albright Hall. Nichols also provides students with experiential STEM learning outside the classroom, with an award-winning robotics program featuring six teams for students of all ages. Nichols also offers Science Olympiad and numerous clubs for math, computer programming, science and technology.
At Nichols School, students learn to embrace new challenges and discover new possibilities every year. With the caring, unconditional support of world-class faculty and staff, Nichols prepares students’ minds, bodies, and hearts for the work of life. Parents and families recognize the impact of all that a Nichols education offers.
“What makes the Nichols experience truly exceptional is the community, the faculty, the college counselors, and the advisors that go on this journey with you,” Ali McPherson ’92 P’22,’24 said. “For my daughter who is now a senior, some of these individuals have been in her life since she started as a fifth grader in the Middle School. Now, she leans into those relationships with people who have been with her in the classroom, in the athletic arena, on the performing arts stage and in experiential learning opportunities outside of Nichols. They know her inside and out, and their advice and counsel for her as she prepares for the next stage of life is irreplaceable.”
Niche is a leading online review site which ranks U.S. colleges, schools, neighborhoods and companies annually based on a variety of criteria. School rankings are determined by an analysis of reviews from students, parents and alumni along with data from the Department of Education.