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Is your house actually in the Olmsted district?

This is the blog post no real estate agent wants you to read.

As public elementary schools in Buffalo go, Olmsted School 64 is the most sought after. Its scores are consistently at the top of the pack, and here's a major reason why: 65 percent of the seats go to kids who test into the city's gifted program.

The other 35 percent of Olmsted's seats go to kids who live "in the district."

Olmsted SchoolTranslation: Although Buffalo moved away from neighborhood attendance zones nearly a decade ago, a certain number of seats in that one particular school are still reserved for kids who live in Olmsted's old attendance zone. (Well, there's one other school that also still has an attendance zone, but we'll get to that in a minute.)

Where, exactly, is Olmsted's attendance zone?

Well, good luck finding out.

It's the best-kept secret in town.

There's no list of addresses posted anywhere on the district's website.

And the information isn't exactly easy to get even if you hoof it down to the student registration office on Ash Street. A parent I know recently went to that office to find out whether her house is in the Olmsted district. She asked for a list of addresses in the school's district. The person behind the counter told her there is no Olmsted district.

This parent pressed on. Yes, there is, she told the school district employee who gets paid to provide information to the public. No -- the district stopped using neighborhood zones years ago, the employee told her, and there is no attendance zone for Olmsted.

Yikes.

Holy nightmare on Ash Street. It's bad news when the people working in the registration office either don't have the right information or for some reason aren't giving it out.

Parents at the school itself apparently couldn't even get the actual list of addresses in the Olmsted district. One publication produced by Olmsted's parent group provides a list of addresses in the district, but it includes a disclaimer that basically says the list is their best guess, and is the result of informal information-gathering among parents.

Realtors in town have been making the most of this information void for years.

I can't tell you how many parents I've met who, when they bought their house (generally on the West Side/Elmwood Village) were told it was in the Olmsted district. And, since there's been basically no way to check that info, they didn't find out that wasn't true until it came time to enroll their child in school.

Well, I recently asked the administration for a list of the addresses in the Olmsted district (and the Discovery School district -- half the kids there are drawn from its old attendance zone). And I got it.

So here it is. (I will post the addresses for Discovery School as soon as possible -- I need to clarify some of that information with the district first.)

The following streets/addresses are in the Olmsted School 64 district (keep in mind, though, that living in the district does not guarantee you a seat in the school -- you still get put into a lottery, but it's only open to those who live in the district):

Street Type Addresses on the left Addresses on the right ZIP
Amherst St 701 1450 14216
Amherst East St 581 794 14207
Argyle Park 1 99 14222
Ashland Ave 546 899 14222
Ashland Ave 407 545 14222
Ashland Ave 721 899 14222
Auburn Ave 501 899 14222
Auburn Ave 487 500 14213
Beaumaris Pl 1 64 14207
Bedford Ave 1 368 14216
Berkley Pl 1 99 14209
Bidwell Pky 1 299 14222
Bird Ave 701 899 14209
Brantford Pl 1 99 14222
Breckenridge St 541 684 14222
Breckenridge St 505 540 14213
Brittany La 1 100 14222
Chapedel St 1 100 14209
Chapin Pky 1 199 14209
Chatham Ave 1 163 14216
Claremont Ave 1 199 14222
Clarendon Pl 1 99 14209
Cleveburn Pl 1 99 14222
Cleveland Ave 1 249 14222
Colonial Cir 3 33      Odd 14222
Colvin Ave 1 125 14216
Crescent Ave 627 803 14216
Dana Rd 1 114 14216
Delavan West Ave 471 500 14213
Delavan West Ave 501 800 14222
Delavan West Ave 801 999 14209
Delaware Ave 1702 1754 Even 14216
Delaware Ave 1701 1755 Odd 14216
Delaware Ave 1756 2200 14216
Delaware Ave 1337 1699 Odd 14209
Delaware Ave 1080 1700 Even 14209
Delham Ave 1 109 14216
Dorchester Rd 1 75 14222
Dutton Ave 1 69 14211
Edgepark Ave 7 105 14216
Elmhurst Pl 1 155 14216
Elmview Pl 5 60 14207
Elmwood Ave 1401 1451 14207
Elmwood Ave 1376 1400 14216
Elmwood Ave 593 1375 14222
Elmwood Ave 1452 1668 Even 14207
Ferry West St 510 847 14222
Fordham Dr 1 166 14216
Forest Ave 486 700 14222
Forest Ave 701 899 14209
Gates Cir 1 77 14209
Gill Al 1 66 14222
Granger Pl 1 99 14222
Great Arrow Ave 146 271 14207
Great Arrow Ave 40 145 14216
Gren-Way Al 1 35 14222
Grote St 281 344 14207
Hallam Rd 14 114 14216
Harvard Pl 101 199 14209
Highland Ave 181 335 14222
Highland Ave 1 180 14222
Horton Pl 1 99 14209
Inwood Pl 1 121 14209
Lafayette Ave 471 800 14222
Lafayette Ave 421 470 14213
Lafayette Ave 802 1066 Even 14209
Lancaster Ave 1 249 14222
Lexington Ave 1 325    Odd 14222
Lincoln Pky 1 200 14222
Lincoln Pky 241 455 14216
Lincoln Pky 201 240 14216
Lincoln Woods Ln 1 49 14222
Linwood Ave 651 799 14209
Linwood Ter 1 49 14209
Main St 1854 1982 Even 14208
Main St 1772 1852 Even 14208
Meadow Rd 1 146 14216
Melbourne Pl 1 99 14222
Middlebury Ln 1 76 14216
Middlesex Rd 1 356 14216
New Amsterdam Ave 1 170 14216
Norwood Ave 301 566 14222
Nottingham Ter 1 350 14216
Oxford Ave 189 260 14209
Parkside Ave 382 500   Even 14216
Penhurst Pl 1 99 14222
Penhurst Park 1 199 14222
Potomac Ave 467 500 14213
Potomac Ave 501 750 14222
Potomac Ave 751 899 14209
Queen Anns Gate   1 49 14222
Rand Ave 1 110 14216
Randwood Ln 1 36 14216
Richmond Ave 759 911    Odd 14222
Richmond Ave 392 624 14222
Richmond Ave 625 757    Odd 14222
Rumsey Ln 1 49 14209
Rumsey Rd 1 299 14209
Saybrook Pl 1 86 14209
Soldiers Pl 2 206   Even 14222
St Catherines Ct 1 111 14222
St James Pl 1 249 14222
Tillinghast Pl 1 152 14216
Tudor Pl 1 99 14222
Windsor Ave 1 225 14209
Woodette Pl 5 60 14207

 

- Mary Pasciak

facebook.com/mary.pasciak     twitter.com/SchoolZoneBlog    [email protected]

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