Q. When does the school year begin/end?
A. The 2016-2017 school year begins Wednesday, August 17th, 2016. We start school two weeks prior to Buffalo Public School, but attempt to follow the BPS calendar for the remainder of the year (breaks, holidays, snow days, etc.). The last day of school is Friday, June 23, 2016.
Q. Does WBCS have summer programs?
A. WBCS does not have its own summer program. Please click here for information on CAO's summer programming.
Q. What are the school hours?
A. Students coming by bus arrive at 7:15 AM and attend the Jump Start Program until 8:00 AM. The school day officially begins at 8:00 AM and ends at 3:30 PM.
Q. Is there a school uniform?
A. The uniform consists of sneakers, khaki bottoms (pants, shorts, or skirt; not cargo pants), and a navy blue polo shirt from any vendor. Shirts must have a WBCS patch attached. Patches must be purchased at the front office for $1 each.
On Fridays, students may wear an outfit of their choice. All students are encouraged to weak sneakers every day.
Q. What is the teacher-to-student ratio and what is the typical class size?
A. Each classroom is capped at 20 students for grades K-4. Grade 5 has 25 students per room. Each classroom has 2 teachers, resulting in a high teacher-to-student ratio. WBCS believes in a small, safe learning community.
Q. What is your total enrollment?
A. WBCS’ current enrollment cap is 350 students.
Q. Do you provide transportation?
A. Yes, busing is provided for students residing more than .7 miles away from WBCS. Busing is provided by the Buffalo Public Schools and its contracted company, First Student.
Q. What is your philosophy of education?
A. All of our teachers are trained in the research of Dr. Jane Bluestein and the Win-Win Classroom. We believe that we must meet the individual needs of our students in order for learning to take place. In short, we meet students where they are and work hard to develop the whole child.
At West Buffalo Charter School, we believe in finding “win-win” solutions for our students and staff. We do not support a reward system or humiliating punishment system to manipulate student behavior. Students should be intrinsically motivated—external rewards such as candy, stickers, points, tokens, and promises of free time actually work against building a child’s intrinsic motivation. All behavior is motivated by needs. We make every attempt to meet the needs of our students in a positive, proactive manner through engaging instruction and relationship-building. If a child is struggling with behavior, he or she would be addressed privately and individually.
Q. What other services do you provide?
A. WBCS offers English as a New Language, Special Education, and Related Services (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Therapy) based on the individual needs of each student. Also, all students participate in a unique program called Language to Literacy, which is provided by Buffalo Hearing and Speech Center. Finally, the WBCS staff includes a full time social worker and school nurse.
Q. When do you conduct tours?
A. Tours are scheduled throughout the year as families request them. Please call the office at (716) 923-1534 to schedule a tour.