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Applying for Admission

We are currently accepting electronic applications for kindergarten and first grade for 2021-22.

Use the link below to apply at the Enroll Buffalo Charters application page, and select Buffalo Commons. The application deadline is April 1st, 2021 for the lottery to be held on April 13th, 2021. Secure your spot today!

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Need a Paper Application?

No problem! Simply print, complete and return your application before April 1, 2021.

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Admissions Requirements

All Students

Lottery acceptances are preliminary and do not become final until BCCS receives all necessary documentation in the registration packet. The completed registration packet must be returned within two (2) weeks of notification or the student’s seat may be offered to the next child on the waiting list.


Applicants for kindergarten must turn five (5) years old by December 31, 2021 in order to be eligible for the lottery.

Grade 1

In addition to their basic registration packet, notified first grade applicants must submit previous academic records as well as a final report card showing whether or not they were promoted to the next grade.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does it cost anything to attend Buffalo Commons?

No. Buffalo Commons is a tuition-free public charter school. 

Can any student attend?

Yes! Any student residing in New York State may attend Buffalo Commons.

What grades will you have in your first year?

Kindergarten and 1st grade. We will grow by one grade per year until reaching K-8.

Is transportation provided?

Yes. Free bus transportation is available for all students.

Do you provide special education services?

Yes. Each grade at Buffalo Commons provides co-taught classrooms where students with IEPs can flourish while receiving necessary services and supports.

Do you provide services for students classified as ELL?

Yes. There is a dedicated ENL teacher at each developmental level. These faculty members provide comprehensive support including push-in and pull-out services.

What is the class size?

9:1. Each BCCS classroom has two teachers and access to numerous support instructors.

What is the application process?

You’ve come to the right place! Fill out an application above by April 1, 2021 to be entered into the lottery. Lottery winners will be notified following the drawing on April 13, 2021 and have two weeks to complete the registration packet and officially enroll.

Do you provide before or after school care?

Yes. We are still working on the details, but check back soon!

Do you have sports and arts?

Yes. Students have a robust PE and arts program throughout the school day and will have access to plentiful clubs and after school activities.

Where is the school located?

The school will be located in the city of Buffalo. We are planning to be located just north of the medical campus, but will finalize that in the coming weeks.

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