ACT Academy (March/April 2017)

Registration at a Glance

What is it: The ACT Prep Classes will be held at the Harlem Road Community Center (4255 Harlem Road; Amherst, NY 14226) on Saturday's March 11, 18, 25 & April 1. The class will run from 9am - 11am and will be open to a maximum of a 10:1 student to teacher ratio. The classes will be in advance of the April 8th exam.  Students will need the Real ACT Prep Guide, which costs around $30. BLA members receive discounted prices for these courses.

Who can register: Everyone
Registration Cost:

Divisions are listed below

Division Name Status Fee
ACT Academy - active members rate Open $250.00
ACT Academy - NON-members rate Open $300.00

Registration Opens: 01/11/2017
Registration Closes: 03/11/2017

Registration has closed

ACT Academy

Saturday's March 11, 18, 25 & April 1 (9:00am - 11:00am)

Harlem Road Community Center: 4255 Harlem Road; Amherst, NY 14226



Stop taking courses with strangers and paying exorbitant prices!  Take this convenient tutoring course with your teammates, designed to fit into your lacrosse schedule, coached by one of the area's most experienced and sought-after tutors. 

Like it or not, standardized testing is a vital part of the college admission and financial aid process.  The better you do, the more schools you are likely to get into and the more financial aid you will receive!  Space is limited so don't wait!


  • Includes both Science, Writing, Reading, Math and English
  • Participants are expected to complete assignments between sessions
  • Participants must buy the The Real ACT Prep Guide and bring it to each class
  • All Juniors in High School are encouraged to take the ACT exam
  • Participants should register for the April 8th ACT Exam (click here)....TEST REGISTRATION DEADLINE MARCH 3RD
  • Bring a friend, non-Team Buffalo / BLA members are welcome
  • 10:1 Student/Teacher Ratio (12pm-2pm) - $250 (BLA lacrosse members); $300 (non-BLA lacrosse members)
  • Save hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars!  Compare to
    • Princeton Review
    • Huntington Learning Center
    • Kaplan
    • Test Preps
    • Private Tutors
    • and more!


Michael Harnick, ACT Academy Coach

Michael has been teaching for 24 years after graduating with both his BA and MSEd from Canisius College in secondary education in the area of Social Studies. In that time, he has taught in rural, urban, and suburban settings in grades K through twelve. Besides teaching his normal class schedule, Michael has also taught community education, several staff development courses, and mentored new teachers in the Williamsville schools. Michael has also been a private tutor for SAT/ACT preparation, Social Studies, including AP classes, and college courses since 1998. For the past thirteen years Michael has taught in the Williamsville Central School District. Among the courses Michael has taught have been AP United States History and AP Macroeconomics, as well as an independent study in AP World History. Michael has also created and written the curriculum for a course in Canadian Studies and has co-written the curriculum for the World Religions course in the Williamsville Schools.  Along with teaching professional development classes on the use of technology in the classroom and Common Core Learning Standards, Michael has presented three times at the New York State Council for the Social Studies annual conference and at the New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education annual conference.   Among Michael's private tutoring students have been NCAA Division I athletes, Ivy League graduates, and the children of political leaders. Michael has also been a member of Mensa since 1999.


Who we are

The Buffalo Lacrosse Academy and its Team Buffalo teams are the oldest continually operated college lacrosse preparatory club in Western New York.  It began in 2005 and has merged with other local groups and evolved dramatically over time.  Prior to Team Buffalo's (and formerly the Buffalo Wings and South Buffalo Lacrosse) inception, area lacrosse players who did not make the former Empire State Team, were essentially left to fend for themselves with the support of their high school coaches.


Team Buffalo's mission is to develop strong lacrosse bonds between players from all different backgrounds, help them develop their lacrosse abilities, ensure they get tremendous college lacrosse exposure, support them through the college recruiting process, and provide ongoing lacrosse opportunities beyond high school (both on and off the field).  In 2017 the BLA will enhance its focus on the academic side of our "student-athletes" as we offer services that are not found in other area sports club programs.  The first of which is these SAT Prep courses.

  • We are most proud that Buffalo Lacrosse Academy and Team Buffalo has helped more boys have successful college lacrosse careers on and off the field, than few others in the nation!  We do this by helping the player and the family find the 'best fit' college for each unique athlete.  
  • We are the only lacrosse club in WNY that has a full-time director of lacrosse operations and player development in Michael Carbery.  Carbery is the former Assistant Athletic Director at Medaille College and Medaille College Head Mens Lacrosse Coach.  He and the rest of the staff pride themselves on running a family friendly, yet competitive program.
  •  If you have any questions about the ACT Academy, do not hesitate to contact us.

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