BuffSci is an Award Winning Tuition-free Charter School.
The Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (BuffSci) is a tuition-free, college preparatory charter school for grades Kindergarten through 12th. We are dedicated to providing quality education to a diverse body of students of Greater Buffalo in Western New York.
BuffSci’s integrated curriculum includes broad training in the humanities, complemented by particular emphasis on STEM subjects and college preparation. BuffSci provides an environment designed to empower each student to become a lifelong learner, and develop skills in goal-setting, critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, collaboration, cooperation, self-discipline and creative expression.
- Top rated public charter school.
- 100% college acceptance.
- Enhanced science and math curriculum.
- Variety of extra curricular and enrichment activities.
BuffSci students are making far more academic progress compared with similar students in the state.
BuffSci graduation rates are above the city and state. 100% of graduates are accepted to colleges.
Award winning teams. BuffSci offers a wide range of student enrichments including robotics, athletics, and arts.
BuffSci students exceed ELA and Math academic proficiency rates of both the city and state.
BuffSci offers a diverse and positive school culture endorsed by students, parents, and staff.
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Enriching and nurturing elementary foundation with strong social - emotional and academic support.
Rigorous standard based curriculum which builds towards our college preparatory high school.
Our program enables our diverse body of students to gain skills necessary for the 21st century global environment.
Now Accepting Applications
All children eligible for enrollment in New York State public schools are eligible to enroll in charter schools. BuffSci admits each eligible student who submits a timely application for the enrollment lottery, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of the student’s requested grade level or the school building.
Nurturing Positive K-12 Students Growth
BuffSci is a tuition-free school providing an enriching elementary foundation which builds towards our college preparatory high school. By providing quality education with an innovative, rigorous curriculum, we enable our diverse body of students to gain skills necessary for the 21st century global environment. Our unique program, focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), is designed to reduce educational and technological gaps. Our ultimate goal is for our students to reach their highest potential – intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.
Designed for Student Success
BuffSci provides a nurturing environment to meet the socio-emotional needs of our diverse students. We employ a devoted team of support staff to cultivate an environment where our students can learn valuable life skills. These skills empower them to become life-long learners and accomplished global citizens. Students expand their critical thinking skills and grow into problem solvers who can work with others to improve their community. Our engaging learning environment provides the instructional building blocks to cultivate student leaders capable of making evidence based decisions and develop solutions for real world situations.
Vibrant School Life
BuffSci’s Kindergarten through 12 program is designed to increase your child’s self-worth. We provide resources to expand their ability to learn about the world, and to build organization and problem solving skills. These skills increases their ability to work with others, and encourages an interest in challenging tasks. BuffSci provides a variety of activities and projects that will allow your child to work both on their own, and in small groups. Some of these experiences include competitive academic clubs like robotics, varsity sports, art club, poetry and over thirty other clubs. Your student will find plenty of options to grow existing interests and develop new curiosities.
Celebrating Unity & Diversity
BuffSci believes in creating an environment of inclusion, tolerance, acceptance and positivity. Our staff and student body reflect the diversity found in our contemporary world and will help enrich your student's knowledge of the world by exposing them to new perspectives on cultures, beliefs and practices. We celebrate differences and dismantle barriers to people who have been historically excluded from opportunities, traditionally underrepresented, or are members of at-risk populations. Further, we have created a Culture of Excellence in our school, whereby each member of the BuffSci family is treated with respect, courtesy and compassion.
They do everything they can including Saturday school to help your child succeed!! I’ve never seen such dedicated teachers!!
The teachers are always willing to go the extra mile. The relationships that my daughter has built between teachers, students, and administrative staff ensures me that she will go far and she is in a safe environment. Buff Sci was the best choice!!
Buff Sci is a parents dream come true. Its more than a school its a community of family. They love and take amazing care their students and im so glad my son is able to be a student there!
I have found in my children's teachers, people of the highest professional and human quality who constantly help them grow and relate correctly to their environment. They always make you feel like you're family and my children here feel like they're at home. BuffSci is an invitation not to give up. If you love technology, science, or math and are willing to accept the challenge, it will create an opportunity for your child to grow and learn from the best
“My child has done very well at BASCS. I appreciate the app so I can keep track of my child's progress and homework. Also, Saturday school is a great addition to the school year.”
“My 18-year old is new to the school, but he looks forward to going to school every day and I attribute that to the education that he is receiving at BASCS.”
“BASCS offer[ed] my son the safe, secure alternative we were looking for. We [felt] the challenging academic environment at BASCS would help propel him to future success.”
“I am happy with my experiences [at BASCS]… I recognize that this school takes more of a personal interest in how well my child is doing academically.”
WHAT IS A CHARTER SCHOOL?
Charter schools are publicly funded and open to all students in New York State through a non-discriminatory admissions lottery. Each charter school is governed by a not-for-profit board of trustees which may include educators, community members, and leaders from the private sector. Charters have freedom to establish their own policies, design their own educational program, and manage their human and financial resources. Charter schools are accountable, through the terms of a five-year performance contract, for high student achievement.
CAN I ENROLL MY CHILD?
Any child eligible for admission to a traditional public school is eligible for admission to a charter public school. Admission to a charter school cannot be limited on the basis of disability, race, creed, gender, national origin, religion, ancestry, intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, or athletic ability. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of available seats, a random selection process, such as a lottery, must be used. However, charter schools do give preferences to “at risk” students, siblings of students already enrolled in the charter school, and students living in the charter school’s school district of location.
WHAT IS THE LOTTERY ABOUT?
If the number of eligible applications for admission exceeds the spaces available for students, a random lottery will be held on or after April 1 of each year. Such a lottery will be open to the public, and attended and/or audited by a representative of a disinterested outside organization. The enrollment preferences will be as follows: first preference will be given to students returning to the charter school; second preference will be given to siblings of students enrolled in the charter school; and third preference will be given to students residing in the Buffalo City School District. Separate waiting lists will be maintained for each grade level in the event that vacancies occur. The random lottery process used for student admission also will serve to place students in preferential order on these waiting lists. Whenever a vacancy occurs, either prior to the start of a particular school year or during the course of that school year, the school will contact the parent or guardian of the student next on the appropriate waiting list. Reasonable and multiple attempts will be made to contact the family of the student on the top of the waiting list and get confirmation of whether the student is still interested in enrolling at the charter school before proceeding to the next name on the list. If reasonable and multiple attempts to contact the student’s parents/guardians are unsuccessful, the school may remove that student from the waiting list. The school shall maintain documentation of the attempts made to contact the parents/guardians of any student removed from the waiting list. Waiting lists will not be carried over from year to year, but instead the waiting list for each year will be derived from the random lottery.