I am challenged to really think for myself and use my imagination through programs such as art class, and writing in ELA. I am also encouraged daily to be creative with a number of in-class projects.
- Katie ‘20

Why Nardin Middle School?

Founded in 1857, Nardin Academy is the oldest independent, Catholic school in Buffalo. Known for academic excellence, Nardin Academy maximizes student potential with dynamic classrooms that appeal to different learning styles and go beyond the regular curriculum.

Outside the limitations of New York State standardized tests, teachers have the flexibility to execute creative lessons and present material in ways which students find interesting, engaging and fun. Students in our Middle School program experience an enhanced schedule featuring extended periods that cascade and alternate to appeal to different learning styles. A DaVinci period, set aside for project-based learning, allows students to investigate and respond to real world problems, questions or challenges. An Advisory program supports the social and emotional development of each student. The Art, Dance and Music program provides opportunities for students to develop and showcase their artistic talents through various performances including a Broadway musical and Performing Arts Night. Our athletes compete in several sports. Our athletic facilities include an indoor turf field and squash courts, a new gymnasium and wellness center and two synthetic turf outdoor fields. Students experience the best our WNY community has to offer through Ski and Adventure Clubs. There is an opportunity for each and every student to explore and develop their gifts and talents at Nardin Middle School.

Local area high schools report that Nardin Middle School graduates are among the most prepared for success and have a seamless transition to their first choice high school.

Fast Facts

  • Nardin offers two world language classes starting in Kindergarten
  • More than 65% of Nardin Elementary students play one or more sport
  • 16 public school districts offer transportation to Nardin
  • Beginning in Kindergarten, Nardin music classes learn to play keyboard using the Yamaha Music in Education (MIE) program
  • Annual arts performances include: Broadway Play, Christmas Show, and Performing Arts Night
  • 100% of 8th grade class accepted by 1st choice high school

I have never experienced an environment like Nardin before. There is no hierarchy within the students and people accept each other for who they are.” - Evan ‘19 (Canisius High School)

Academic Excellence isn't something that is very easy to gain, and it is more than just getting good grades. Academic excellence is achieved through hard work that improves the development of skills in class and creative ways to think.
- Sana ‘19 (Nardin Academy High School)
All teachers encourage students to think creatively. They teach us to use innovative thinking to accomplish things that allow us to think creatively to produce something new and unique, and learn something valuable.
- Siena ‘22
My Nardin teachers supported all students and believed that we could achieve many great things both in and out of the classroom.
- Dylan ‘19 (Canisius High School)