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D'Youville, daVinci HS to end partnership in June 2023

PS 212 Leonardo daVinci High School (right) on the D'Youville University campus.
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PS 212 Leonardo daVinci High School (building on the right) is on the D'Youville University campus.

D’Youville University and Buffalo Public Schools have agreed on a lease extension for Leonardo daVinci High School through the end of the 2022-23 school year. Beyond that, the high school is expected to relocate to the Buffalo State College campus.

“Our institutions collaborated for several decades, and we are proud of our partnership and its rich history," said Nate Marton, D’Youville vice president for operations Wednesday. "Over the next year, D’Youville will be working closely with Leonardo daVinci School leadership to ensure a smooth and successful transition which allows both institutions to continue growing.”

daVinci has accumulated a sterling academic reputation, shown by a very high graduation rate among its 400 students. But there's been recent dissatisfaction from the Buffalo School Board about its building.

daVinci is currently located in Madonna Hall, D'Youville's first residence hall. In a statement, D'Youville said space constraints for both growing schools prevented a lease extension past June 2023, and that Madonna Hall will be renovated to support the university's move to NCAA Division II athletics and its recent attainment of university status.

“Leonardo da Vinci High School has thrived with our D’Youville University partners for all of its history. The district is appreciative of this valuable and historic collaboration that has set a high standard for co-location of our campuses for 38 years,” said Buffalo Public Schools Interim Superintendent Tonja Williams.

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