Nardin Academy

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Nardin Academy
135 Cleveland Avenue
Buffalo, New York, (Erie County) 14222
United States
Type Private, Coeducational (K-8); Single Sex All Girls (9-12)
Established 1857
Founder Ernestine Nardin, DHM
Principal Adrienne L. Forgette
Faculty 50 (High School)
Grades PK-12
Number of students

478 (High School)

917 Combined
Color(s) Green and White
Sports Track, Rowing, Basketball, Swimming, Soccer, Cross Country, Softball, Golf, Volleyball, Squash, Lacrosse, Tennis, Bowling, Baseball
Mascot Nardin Academy Gators
Team name Gators
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[1]
Average SAT scores Critical Reading: 592; Math:587; Writing 624
Affiliation Independent
Admissions Director Danielle Dodman
Athletic Director Joseph Baudo
Endowment $2.5 Million

Nardin Academy was founded by the Daughters of the Heart of Mary in 1857. It is the oldest private Roman Catholic school in Western New York within the Diocese of Buffalo. The Academy includes a college preparatory high school for young women and a co-educational elementary school located in Buffalo, New York. It also includes Montessori pre-school through 3rd grade, which is located in Buffalo, New York.[2]


Nardin Academy was founded by the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary over 150 years ago.[citation needed] Ernestine Nardin began the first Catholic school in Buffalo on Pearl Street before relocating to Franklin and Church Streets as St. Mary's Academy. It wasn't until 1890 that Miss Nardin moved the school to its current location on Cleveland Avenue. The school was named "The Nardin Academy" in 1917 and was changed in 1951 to the current "Nardin Academy."[citation needed]

Irene Murphy, DHM started Buffalo's first Montessori with the opening of Nardin Montessori in 1963. It was moved to the former John R. Oishei Estate on West Ferry upon its purchase (and Varue Oishei's generous donation) in 1996. It was finally opened to students in 1998.[3]

Its campus is a contributing property in the Elmwood Historic District–East historic district.[4]


In order to attend the high school, one must first take an entrance exam. The exam, held in November, lasts about three and one half hours and covers a variety of topics, including Logic, English and Math. A written application process along with short essay questions accompanies the exam. Most prospective students shadow a freshman girl during the selection process or after admission. If a girl is selected, she is sent a letter of acceptance in January.[5]


In 2012, Nardin was listed as the number one school in Buffalo, New York for the eleventh consecutive year.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ MSA-CIWA. "MSA-Committee on Institution-Wide Accreditation". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  2. ^ Barbara L. Wentworth. "A Message from Barbara L. Wentworth, DHM". Nardin Academy website. Archived from the original on 2007-04-02. Retrieved 2007-05-11. 
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  4. ^ "Cultural Resource Information System (CRIS)" (Searchable database). New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2016-07-01.  Note: This includes Hannah Beckman; Clinton Brown; Juliana Glassco; Annie Schentag; Jennifer Walkowski (November 2015). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Elmwood Historic District–East" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-07-01.  and Accompanying photographs
  5. ^ Barbara L. Wentworth. "Welcome to Nardin Academy". Nardin Academy website. Archived from the original on 2007-08-20. Retrieved 2007-09-28. 
  6. ^ G Scott Thomas (2010-06-10). "Nardin Academy repeats as top high school". Business First website. 

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