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5-12
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Buffalo, NY
Students enrolled: 971
 

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186 East North Street
Buffalo, NY 14204

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(716) 888-7145
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March 15, 2015
Excellent school. Ranked top 10 to top 25 nationally, year in and year out. Best in WNY and at the top of New York State rankings. All despite its place in a struggling district and having a third of its students at or below the poverty line. The administration, teachers, students, and parents are doing something right.

- submitted by a parent

February 21, 2015
I must comment on the "teacher" who said this school does not represent the bps system. I completely disagree with the idea that technically to be a magnet school you must draw from bps students only. Everyone who lives in the city who pays property taxes has the right to test their child into this school regardless of where they went k-4. The admissions test is a logic test hardly something kids prepare for or learn more of at a private elementary school. The essay is based on an ela score which most private schools don't even teach to and the bps do. So I think the advantage is to bps students there! Besides that really comes down to literacy rates and parents being involved in kids life and reading to them. A student would not survive at chs without those skills. And if parents scrimp and save to put money into their kids k-4 learning they have that choice. It's their investment. City honors is the one public high school in buffalo which attracts people into moving or staying in the city - something buffalo desprately needs.

- submitted by a parent

September 08, 2014
First of all, I am not a parent or a student but an educator. I highly disagree with the review that says " [City Honors] does a great job fulfilling its mission as the accelerated honors magnet for the City of Buffalo." Technically, magnets should be pulling FROM the public schools by identifying students in the BPS population and giving them an educational opportunity the would never otherwise have. In other words, if CHS was doing it's job, it would require a year of attendance to another BPS prior to application to CHS. This is not the case. Many middle class parents send their children to private school prior to applying to City Honors. If a private school educated 4th grader is testing alongside equally or even more intelligent, yet sadly much less well prepared, BPS students, guess who gets in? CHS attendance simply allows these well off families to save money to offer additional privileges to their children while the bright kids in the BPS who deserve this education will never get either! That is not the goal of a true city magnet at all! It's the goal of those invested in rankings. Very sad for the many bright children already in the BPS who deserve a place at CHS.

- submitted by a community member

October 22, 2012
I hate this school with most fiery of passions. The academics were decent, but not superb as can be demonstrated by the fact that the pass rates for some regents exams are laughably low for an honors school. The student body creates a very hostile environment, and some of the teachers spread rumors and trash talk students. In fact, one time I saw a teacher spreading a malicious rumor about a student and asked him why the teacher did it, the response was, I kid you not, "To embarrass him [the student]." A lot of times, students behave with impunity and at other times, administration is arbitrarily stringent in enforcement of school rules. Since GreatSchools won't publish reviews that name students, teachers or staff, I will just say that some students had bullied and harassed another student for months on end and received no punishment for what they did. After graduating from this atrocious institution, I realized that high school literature courses killed my joy in reading. The mathematics department is nearly a joke. The sciences are particularly weak. Overall, terrible high school with a horrible environment. Wish I could go back in time and gone to a different high school.

- submitted by a community member

February 10, 2012
City honors has thus far surpassed my expectations . I feel if my child takes advantage of what is being offered. She can achieve what ever she sets out to achieve. The decision is truely up to her. The bottom line for me is that she is being exposed and academically challeneged. The bulk of our public and even charter schools are lagging behind , I hate to say this, it pains me to say this , but there are high schools in our city that are nothing more then teenage waste lands. I base this on graduation rates and college acceptance percentages. As for my child this free ,public education , if nothing else has my child on the right track.

- submitted by a parent

December 21, 2011
Honestly, the four years I have spent at City Honors for high school were the most miserable years of my life. It's been a couple of years since I graduated, and I still feel the sting of the bullying and harassment I suffered at the hands of peers, both those my age and even younger, and occasionally even teachers. I feel like I had so much more potential and could have succeeded to a larger extent in a less hostile environment. Instead, City Honors crushed my sense of self-worth and esteem. It got so bad that somedays I would just dread walking into school and felt lousy at the end of the day after an entire day's worth of ostracism and rude behavior from students. Academically, the school's pass rates on AP exams and some regents are laughably low for an "honors" school. The IB program is a scam, and does very little to prepare a student for college and earns the student almost zero credits anywhere. I do applaud the school for its socioeconomic diversity, but the student body is very racially segregated. Some teachers are pretty good (Jurich, Crane, Stephens, Roche, Franke, etc) but many are indeed washed out. Overall, my experience at this school was less than satisfactory.

- submitted by a community member

November 18, 2011
I'm a freshman at Honors; it's my first year attending the school and I can honestly say it does not live up to any expectations. I came to Honors to be academically challenged and surrounded by peers with the same thrive for knowledge. I found out quite quickly that this simply is not the case. The students are not as gifted as many seem to think; one of my peers stated that when the Earth goes behind the Sun, the Sun casts a shadow on the Earth. Many of them simply arrive at Honors in fifth grade and lose all thrive for a higher education within a few months. Also, while some teachers are truly fantastic, many are quite the opposite. The coursework is mediocre at best; I've put minimal effort into all of my courses and I'm receiving grades ranging from 95-103. It's also a terrible social environment. The school is excessively clique-y; I've already been shoved into the "losers" clique (which I don't mind at all; I love my friends), and many people won't talk to me just because of it. I was cyber-bullied by a student before I even started classes in September. All in all, honors is really just a letdown and I wish I'd chosen a different school to attend for the next four years.

- submitted by a community member

November 02, 2011
I am a CHS parent. City Honors is part of the Buffalo Public Schools. It does a great job fulfilling its mission as the accelerated honors magnet for the City of Buffalo. The school is newly renovated & has a flourishing International Baccalaureate Program (IB). It is also a school that does not allow the students to avoid intellectual challenges. Everyone takes 3 AP courses & 1 IB course in high school. ALL students go off to college being extremely well prepared to meet the challenges of higher education. Additionally, administrators take time away from their own families to come to away games and meets. Many of the teachers do the same. I would say 95% of the teachers come in early, stay late, and are extremely dedicated. I've never seen a school with so many clubs & afterschool activities. The dedication of a vast majority of the faculty is truly remarkable. That said, City Honors IS a public school, so it does not have the same resources that private schools (with $15,000-$20,000/year tuitions). Students also cannot avoid the mandatory challenging courses. If you want your child to receive the BEST POSSIBLE grades 5-12 education in WNY, then City Honors is it.

- submitted by a parent

November 02, 2011
I graduated from City Honors two years ago, and though I'm not sure how much has changed in the years I've been gone, I can say my experience within the school was not a pleasant one. Many people have a multitude of illusions about the school, and how it's supposedly so much better than others. That's not at all true. It's a school full of gifted children and young adults who are forced into classes they might not want to take, forced to pay for (if they're not unfortunate enough to be able to have them paid for) and take advanced (AP and IB) exams- usually for the same classes they had no interest in. The administration cares only for their own school ratings, and most will not help you in any way if you're struggling. There also seems to be a misconception about the teachers. Most are washed out, waiting for their retierment, and only about half come in early enough for a student to seek help before it's time for homeroom. A lot of teachers stay after, as well, but because they're running clubs. Only a few offer help. Also, unless your child goes through the rigor of being full IB, they will be looked down upon and offered less help preparing for college than the others.

- submitted by a community member

November 01, 2011
Teachers do not make a school. The intellect and ability of a student does. I am a freeman a City Honors, and have been severely disappointed. City Honors was always held to be this kind of Mecca for students, it has been seen as the only school worth caring about in Buffalo. This, however, and according to many other students, not parents who have bought into the falsehoods that this schools past great deeds have earned it, is false. Teachers at CHS are only average, assigning mediocre work and just prepping us for mindless sate exams. Administration is severely flawed, as well. Teachers live in fear that they, too could be laid off by our train wreck of a school board. New teachers are belittled and hazed be ones with "Tenure", who have long since burnt out and lost any passion for their profession, and now just talk at a class instead of actively teaching them. City Honors may have used to be a great school, and is no longer, but parents who believe that they know over their own children have told the media, and the country, otherwise. It's time to expose CHS as the disaster that it is.

- submitted by a community member

February 11, 2011
I am a freshman at City Honors and I've been going there since 5th grade, and I absolutely love it. If I had to go to any other high school, I would break down. I've made so many wonderful friends and I'm associated with countless other fantastic students. I have no idea where the review below me came from because it's definitely not true, I have never been bullied nor have I witnessed or heard of anyone being bullied at this school, EVER. And the school's location may be slightly challenging, considering the fact that we don't have a field for soccer, football, lacrosse or rugby, but it definitely doesn't impair our activities. We play after school in Delaware park or at other schools, and we can condition in the gym, pool, fitness room, or the sketchy park across the street. At this school we have IB, which is a program that most students in Buffalo don't get. It gives us an opportunity to earn up to a full year of college credits, saving parents 10s of thousands of dollars. We're encouraged to pursue art, music, sports, clubs, and volunteering, and I couldn't ask for a school that better suits me.

- submitted by a community member

December 05, 2010
Admittedly, the academics of this school are, for obvious reasons, superb. Save for a few lapses in teacher quality, this school is among the best of the best in western New York. However, one should be aware that though academics are the primary reason for attending a school, being immersed in a poor environment not conducive to learning or succeeding cancels the quality academics. I am a graduate from the class of 2010, and never in my life have I been so bullied, slandered, and overall miserable in a school. Some of the teachers even engaged in spreading malicious rumors about me. Many of my friends felt the same way. I did decently academically, but had it not been for the incessant bullying and yes, even harassment, from other students, I might have succeeded even more so. I am now happily in college, which is quite a few times more difficult than City Honors. But why do I succeed here? It's because I have peers who respect me and treat me with dignity. Feel free to disagree if you'd like, but the four years spent at City Honors were possibly the worst four years of my life.

- submitted by a community member

October 12, 2010
I go to this school and it's not as great as these parents seem to be saying. I'm a senior and I don't think it's really fair for the parents to be commenting on a school they don't go to. It has a wonderful reputation, true, but the administration is absolutely terrible and there's little to no social life within the student population. Frankly, school spirit is minimal. This school is also extremely cliquey. People tend to gravitate towards their one group of friends and stay there. It is an unhealthy and extremely competitive environment. Students are also forced into classes they have no interest in. Some of my friends are taking Latin 1 in their senior year because there are no other electoral options. I don't mean to deteer anyone from a great education, I'm just being honest. I wish I knew this before I enrolled.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
May 09, 2010
City honors has a wonderful academic reputation. It test scores are very high and the kids there are bright and extremely hard working. My daughter loved her time there and has done very well since graduating. However, to use the term 'elite' is not at all appropriate and misleading for people considering this school versus private education. There is a great deal of socio-economic and ethnic diversity here, which has to be something you are comfortable with in a high school environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 19, 2010
I love City Honors mostly because my daughter loves it. She is in her 1st year there and is thriving both academically and socially. She is challenged daily and keeps rising to the challenges that are posed to her. This is truly a special school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 19, 2010
I had 4 kids attend City Honors. I love the fact they made life long friends with all different backgrounds. That kind of education can't be taught. I also love the attitute portrayed. It is like they say 'OK. we know you're smart but what else have you got?' Which is why the school also excels in both sports and performing arts.

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2010
The recognition speaks for itself. City Honors is an elite school that accelerates its students far beyond those of other schools.

- submitted by a community member
no rating
April 13, 2010
It is one of the best schools in the Country - a challenging curriculum, supportive atmosphere, creative students and teachers and involved parents as well as a top ranking!

- submitted by a parent

December 03, 2009
We had such high hopes for our gifted son's education at this school. The truth is that this school cares more about it's statistics than the individual child. The program is rigid and traditional and focuses on academic 'acceleration' above creative problem solving, critical thinking or social development. They make claims to 'critical thinking', '21st century learning' and 'global citizenship' but the truth is that your 'bright' child is simply being pushed very hard to achieve the schools' statistical goal of over 50% of graduating students in the IB Diploma Program. Critical thinkers and global citizens consistently question the world around them, including the standards of the the culture they live in. This is not encouraged at City Honors.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 03, 2009
The education my daughter received supported and furthered her foundation and love for learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
September 16, 2009
Wonderful teachers and students and a great learning environment. We're very fortunate to have such a great public school in Buffalo.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 15, 2009
My son goes to harvard now this school thought him well

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2009
(cont'd from below.)...is an ongoing process, not a single exam. AP is offered as well, giving students great choices. Parents are very much involved and supportive & the administration welcomes it. Extracurricular offerings are extensive, whether sports, the arts, or civic. The majority of students are highly motivated, but not cut-throat competitive, because most kids there are highly intelligent & confident. Socially, it's a diverse student body, with kids from all racial and socioeconomic backgrounds-- perhaps one of its greatest strengths--& sets it above private schools, which unfortunately can skew elitist. Honors kids grow up with a good grasp of the real world in that regard, while also sharing classrooms with the best and brightest. This fact is not lost on colleges. Honors kids are desirable students, are consistently accepted by top colleges & offered great scholarships. Principal is outstanding. New campus (Sept '10) will make it unbeatable. And it's free.

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2008
This is an excellent highly competitive environment for children. Expectations from teachers, principal, parents are other students are high. Very early on-5th grade-there is a strong focus on acceleration and college entrance. Overall the students are mature and very well behaved.

- submitted by a parent

April 02, 2008
First off, I would like to say that City Honors is a good school. The academics are strong and most of the teachers are skilled at what they teach. However, I can't say the same about the environment. While there are a few select people who are genuinely kind, the majority of people I've encountered are scornful would do anything to ruin your reputatation. Students spread nasty rumors about you and insult you constantly. Also, cheating is rampant, and some students manage to 'earn' straight A's through consistent cheating. Overall, academically good school but the hostile environment makes it less enjoyable. If your self-esteem doesn't matter to you, or if you have no morals and are willing to cheat on everything, this is the place to go. Otherwise, pay for private where you can get just as strong an education with friendlier people.

- submitted by a student

February 11, 2008
I am a student of this school and overall, this is one of the best schools anyone could attend. Sure, the work is hard but it does pay off because we get to do things many schools don't get a chance to do. For example, Hillary Clinton came to our school and we get to take Chinese. Plus, our school is doing a multi-billion dollar renovation which will bring us a new building with 3 art rooms, a huge gym,and so on. The principal is great. He talks freely to the students and you can really feel comfortable around him. The teachers are great and always help you if you need help. City Honors has many extracurricular activities that include a tutoring program, many clubs, and many sports. City Honors also has 3 different orcastra's and 3 different bands. The band and orcastra also go on trips, for example, to Cleavland.

- submitted by a student

June 04, 2007
In my opinion, City Honors is one of the top schools one could attend. The vast majority of the students are respectful, intelligent, hardworking, and outgoing. CHS does not live up to any of its negative stereotypes, as 'nerds', 'wimps', etc. The sports teams are also very good. I am only a freshman, and already I have noticed I receive more homework to do than my friends who are Sophomores and Juniors at other schools. There are a wide range of extracurriculars to participate in. The level of parent involvement is incredible, never before at any school (and I've attended five) I have seen so many parents engaging actively with the school. The principal, Dr. Kresse, is amazing. He is an excellent principal, an awesome guy, and participates in school events whenever possible. The building itself is also very nice. In short, City Honors is one of the best schools.

- submitted by a student

February 13, 2007
City Honors is a sweet school! Most of the kids that go there have a lot of respect for others, not to mention they're incredible academic skills. The volleyball team is awesome!

- submitted by a student

May 04, 2006
Very good school, number 4 in the nation in public school curriculum rigor and active student body.

- submitted by a student

March 02, 2006
AS an alumna of this school, I have to say that I definitely recieved a quality education. The community feel of the school and the preparation for post-secondary education is phenomenal. This is still one of the few schools in the Greater Buffalo area I would send my child to. The level of educaiton is not limited to classroom learning, but there is a high level of cultural and socioeconomic diversity within this urban school.

- submitted by a student

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City Honors School At Fosdick Masten Park
186 East North Street, Buffalo, NY  14204
(716) 816-4230
Last modified City Honors School At Fosdick Masten Park is a Public school that serves grades 5-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
City Honors School At Fosdick Masten Park Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top