The Amherst Central School District, located in a first-ring suburb of Buffalo, has an enrollment of approximately 2,994 students across two elementary schools for students PreK-5, a middle school for grades 6-8 and a high school for grades 9-12. A diverse district with a high percentage of students eligible for free and reduced meals, it has consistently remained in the top 10 ranking from Buffalo Business First for its high student achievement.
A comprehensive educational program is offered to all students, including those needing special education. Amherst has adopted an expansive plan to incorporate state-of-the-art equipment into every phase of the educational system. Integrated learning environments enhance the teaching process in vital new ways encouraging problem solving, exploration and creativity in the classroom. The district’s music and art programs have been recognized throughout the state for their excellence. A full range of athletic interscholastic and extracurricular club opportunities are available to students. At the high school level, students are able to enroll in advanced placement courses, as well as career and technical courses leading to a CTE technical endorsement diploma seal.
In 2021, approximately eighty-eight percent (88%) of our graduates (240) continued their education. Seventy-one percent of our graduates planned to attend a 4 year college and 17% plan to attend a 2 year college. The Board of Cooperative Services (BOCES) provides special occupational and vocational education for some of our students, as well as students of 18 other subscribing school districts. There are 316 faculty members and support staff of about 229.
- Our district partners with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to offer a collaborative food pantry known as the Tiger’s Den Food Pantry. The pantry is housed at the church and serves families from the Amherst Central School District.
- The ACSD Family Support Center has several on-site collaborative partners including the Parent Network of WNY, Mental Health Advocates of WNY and Gateway Longview Behavioral Health. The FSC is housed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.
- The Amherst Central Alumni Foundation awards grants for the enrichment of the Amherst School District student population via programs and materials not covered by the annual school budget.
- Three active Parent Teacher Associations support home-to-school partnerships through the PTAs at Smallwood Drive Elementary, Windermere Boulevard Elementary and a combined Middle School/High School PTSA.
- The Amherst Tigers Booster Club strives to enhance the athletic experience and environment for student athletes, fans, families and the community.
To reach our schools, call the Main Office in each building.
- Amherst Central High School, 362-8100
- Amherst Middle School, 362-7100
- Smallwood Drive Elementary, 362-2100
- Windermere Boulevard Elementary, 362-4100
Statistics About ACSD
District Population - 25,497
Eligible Voters - 19,135
#Voted 5/18/21 - 531
District square miles - 15
School District Buildings - 4
Public School students transported - 2,236
Private/parochial students transported - 267
Special Ed. (outside district) - 72
Private/parochial buildings in district - 4
Private/parochial buildings outside district - 32
Total miles traveled per year - 372,832
Enrollment (December 2021) - 2,994 (Pre-K - Grade 12)
2021-2022 Approved Budget - $64,316,000
True Value Tax Rate - $21.350436