Quick Facts

Originally founded in 1870 to serve the sons of predominantly German immigrant families in Buffalo, Canisius High School today reflects the diverse nature of the region, by drawing students from throughout Western New York and Southern Ontario.

The fundamental purpose of the school is to form “Men for Others.” Upon graduation, students reflect an openness to growth, an intellectual curiosity, a spiritual tradition relative to their individual conscience and background, and a recognition of the importance of serving others and performing works of justice.

Year Founded: 1870

Accreditations & Memberships: Board of Regents in the State of New York, New York State Department of Education, New York State Association of Independent Schools, Middle States Association of College and Secondary Schools, Jesuit Schools Network, and the National Catholic Education Association.

Number of Students: 825

Student/Teacher Ratio: 12:1

Percentage of College-Bound Graduates: 99% of the Class of 2017

Average SAT Score: 1,692, nearly 14% higher than the NYS average of 1,468

Number of A.P. & Honors Courses: 22

Number of Foreign Languages Offered: 4 (Latin, French, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese)

For the past several years, CHS has offered its students a one-to-one iPad program. A large majority of the school’s curriculum and coursework is based upon and augmented by 21st Century educational technology.

Other Student Accomplishments:

128 students were designated as A.P. scholars by the College Board

425 students sat for 701 A.P. exams

Class of 2017 earned more than $35,011,300 in academic scholarships

Students who are intellectually gifted and have distinguished themselves through hard work and academic achievement are designated as Ignatian Scholars and, as such, are enrolled in honors and accelerated courses. Enrichment programming outside the classroom is also open to these young men.

While the school is steeped in Catholic tradition, Canisius welcomes and respects a diversity of religious traditions. As a reflective Jesuit community, pride is taken in the school’s open and welcoming atmosphere in which differences are valued.

Number of Extracurricular Activities: More than 50 different clubs and teams are open to students. They include drama, school publications, anime, broadcasting, debate, politics, photography, and more.

Number of Athletic Teams: 34 teams in 19 sports

Participation in Athletics: More than 500 of 886 students (approximately 56%)

Student-Athlete Accomplishments:

CHS has won 12 of the last 13 Supremacy Cups, given to the top overall athletic program among Monsignor Martin Athletic Association schools.

21 members of the Class of 2017 went on to play sports at the college level (approximately 18%. The national average is 2%).

Number of Credit-Bearing Fine Arts Courses: 20

Fine Arts offerings include:

  • Drawing and Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photoshop
  • String Ensemble
  • Concert Band
  • Chorus
  • Graphic Design
  • Film Making
  • Broadcasting


  • Two Computer Centers
  • Library/Student Commons
  • Digital Media Arts Lab
  • Four Science Laboratories
  • Center for the Arts
  • Student Chapel
  • Auditorium
  • Two Gymnasiums, including the impressive Bernard J. Kennedy Field House
  • Swimming Pool
  • Renovated Weight Room
  • Two Athletic Fields, including Koessler Field at the Robert J. Stransky Memorial Athletic Complex. The multi-purpose venue features an eight-lane running track and an A-Turf field.

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