Preparation Course
COHS is pleased to offer a Scholarship & Entrance Exam Prep Course this fall, which will prepare your son or daughter prior to the Scholarship & Entrance Exam, which happens this year on November 23, 2019 at 8:30am. The course focuses on math problem solving and reasoning skills, verbal and comprehension skills, and test-taking strategies among other things.  Students will receive a 600+ page review book with practice exams, exam material and much more.

The Prep Courses and Scholarship & Entrance Exam are open to all 8th grade students planning to attend a Catholic School in the 2020-2021 school year.

For more information, contact Tammy Huber, at (716) 695-2600, ext. 307.

Cardinal O'Hara High School is a Franciscan, co-educational college preparatory high school with an enrollment of approximately 250 students. As a registered school with the New York State Board of Regents, our commitment to academic excellence helps each student grow intellectually and spiritually so that each may realize his or her full potential. Our values have laid the foundation for the success of many COHS alumni.

Cardinal O'Hara respects the individuality of each student. Trust, openness, and acceptance provide an atmosphere true education can take place, ensuring the academic, spiritual, and social development of each student. 

The focal points of an education at COHS are:

Four years of religious education are complemented by opportunities for prayer, retreats, and participation in service projects. COHS students demonstrate a commitment to the community. Each student must complete a minimum of 35 hours in approved community service projects per year. In 2007, COHS students completed more than 10,000 hours of community service across Western New York.

We offer a variety of course options, ranging from non-regents electives through Advanced Placement and college-level classes. Students can choose from a wide range of electives in fine arts and technology programs. To ensure success, COHS offers an innovative approach to education by utilizing a single-gender format for core freshmen courses. In addition, we are one of the first schools in New York to re-institute a four-year Latin program.

Former Bishop John Cardinal O'Hara's dream was memorialized in a special way with the opening of Cardinal O'Hara High School in 1961. The ideals of human understanding and human needs are hallmarks of this great institution; which speaks to the very heart and spirit that makes COHS one of Western New York's most respected and unique Catholic schools.

With an average class size of 13, and a student to faculty ratio of 9:1, COHS offers students more direct interaction with faculty and greater personal attention. Not only do our students succeed in the classroom, boasts athletic champions. The Lady Hawks basketball team recently won its second straight Class B State Championship, and the remaining 23 varsity and junior varsity teams are among the best in the area, helping to raise the bar for sportsmanship across Western New York.  More than 90% of COHS students are active in athletics and/or co-curricular activities, including our Fine Arts Department, which includes Theater, Drama, Band, Chorus, Art, and Dance.

In 2019, COHS seniors had a 100% graduation rate, more than twice the rate of Buffalo Public Schools. The class of 2019 also earned more than $8 million in scholarships. Our commitment to academic excellence, together with our core values rooted in the Franciscan tradition, prepares COHS students for a lifetime of learning, service, and success. 

For more information, contact Tammy Huber at (716) 695-2600, ext. 307.