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Academic Model

Extended School Day & School Year

WBCS provides an extra two weeks of instruction in August. The school day may begin as early as 7:15 for those attending the Jump Start program. Classroom instruction takes place from 8:00 until 3:20.

Curriculum Extension (CE)

Art, Music, Technology, and Physical Education are essential for educating the whole child. Each day students attend a CE for one full hour. Physical education takes place twice per week, for a total of two hours. Literacy and mathematics are embedded in the CE curricula. CE teachers and classroom teachers collaborate to provide extension activities for material taught in the classroom.

Differentiated Instruction

A commonly heard WBCS phrase goes: "everyone gets what they need."

WBCS prides itself on meeting student needs by providing instruction at their level. Teachers tailor instruction to meet individual needs. Teachers may differentiate the content, process, product, or learning environment.

WBCS utilizes a gradual release instructional model in which teachers provide explicit instruction and then scaffold the student toward an independent task.

Academic Intervention Services/Response to Intervention (RtI)

Your child will complete the AIMSweb Universal Screening given to all students at West Buffalo Charter School in grades K-5 to identify academic strengths and weaknesses four times per school year. In addition, where applicable, NYS ELA and Math Assessment data will determine if your child qualifies for additional academic support.

When working with the RtI Intervention Group, your child will be receiving 30 minutes of small group, intensive, targeted instruction based on his/her area of need. Receiving RtI services does not necessarily mean that your child is below grade level. RtI is intended to be a proactive approach to make sure a child’s learning is solidified in all areas across a grade level.

Consultant Teachers

Special Education teachers meet the needs of students with Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) in the classroom setting by collaborating with the classroom teacher to meet IEP goals.

English as a New Language teachers also collaborate closely with the classroom teacher to provide instruction to students acquiring and mastering the English language.

Win-Win Philosophy

WBCS follows the Win-Win Philosophy, which emphasizes positive relationships, creative conflict resolution, problem solving, and intrinsic motivation. The method was developed by education researcher Dr. Jane Bluestein.