West Buffalo Charter School - Academics


Academic Model

​Extended School Day - The school day takes place from 7:15 AM - 3:00 PM.  

​Curriculum Extension (CE)

Art, Music, Physical Education, and our unique STEAM program are essential for educating the whole child. Each day students attend a CE for forty-five minutes. Physical Education takes place twice per week.  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.


Class sizes are kept small to maximize instruction by utilizing multiple adults in the classroom.  Each Kindergarten-Grade 5 classroom is staffed with one NYS fully certified Classroom Teacher and one Resident Teacher or Classroom Aide.  Resident Teachers and Classroom Aides participate in the co-teaching model.  Students receive a large amount of small group instruction based on this model and from the educational professionals staffed in the classroom.  These educational professionals and the high teacher to student ratio allow for more nurturing, individualized and differentiated student instruction, and programming to take place on a daily basis.

​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/Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)

Your child will complete a Universal Screening given to all students at West Buffalo Charter School in grades K-8 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 MTSS Group, your child will be receiving 30 minutes of small group, intensive, targeted instruction based on his/her area of need. Receiving MTSS services does not necessarily mean that your child is below grade level. MTSS 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.

​Self-Contained 8:1:1

WBCS proudly houses two multi-age “classes” of Self-Contained: one for the primary grades and one for the upper grades.  Both classes are staffed with fully certified Special Education Teachers, Classroom Aides, and Personal Care Aides (if applicable). 

English as a New Language

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.

​Win-Win Resources for families

Content Support Teacher

The Middle School houses two Content Support Teachers: one in ELA and one in Math.  These teachers teach core content to small groups, assist the teacher during instructional time to facilitate students' opportunities to learn, collaborate with core content areas, monitor student progress, etc.