Welcome BuffSci Freshman!

The Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (BuffSci) is a tuition-free, college preparatory charter school for grades Kindergarten through 12th. It is the top rated public charter school and has an 100% college acceptance our enhanced science and math curriculum help BuffSci students are making far more academic progress compared with similar students in the state. BuffSci graduation rates are above both the city and state! 100% of our graduates are accepted to colleges. Additionally, BuffSci students exceed ELA and Math academic proficiency rates of both the city and state.

For an inside look at our 9th grade family please take a look at this Presentation

Subjects & Teachers


ELA 9 is a course dedicated to developing your skills as readers, writers, speakers, and listeners. We will work on techniques to analyze literature through short stories, poems, and plays, become stronger and more effective researchers, and improve upon our fluency and vocabulary to obtain our goals of becoming proficient writers and speakers.

Mrs. Chiacchia-Wood's favorite quote:
"We've done the impossible and that makes us mighty."

Ms. Polito


Algebra 1 is an introduction to variables, expressions, functions, equations, inequalities, and the multiple way to represent them. Students develop the skills necessary to solve a variety of real-word problem solving situations, communicate mathematical concepts, and demonstrate the appropriate use of the graphing calculator. This course lays the foundation for literacy in mathematics that will in turn help students be successful in future mathematics courses. Algebra 1 is a graduation requirement and covers the entire NYS Algebra 1 Common Core curriculum, which then is culminated in June on the Algebra 1 Common Core Regents Exam.

About Ms. Polito:
Ms. Polito is the 9th grade chair and has been a mathematics teacher at Buffalo Academy of Science for 5 years. She is from Rochester, and attended Niagara University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Favorite quote:
"When you educate one person you can change a life, when you educate many you can change the world”- Shai Reshef

Mr. Simmons

Algebra 1 will focus on relationships between quantities and reasoning with equations and their graphs, descriptive statistics, linear and exponential functions, polynomial and quadratic expressions, equations and functions, and a synthesis of modeling with equations and functions.

About Mr. Simmons:
Grew up in Houston, TX. Spent 4 years as an Aviation Electrician in Navy and attended Buffalo State For Math Education (5-12). After substituting for awhile at various schools, he joined BuffSci!!!
I've been married for 2 and a half years. Emery is our 2 1⁄2 year old Australian Shepherd. My wife and I welcomed our first daughter in April 2020 and expecting are another baby in September (They had her in April right at the beginning).
He likes watching Football (Go Bills), Surfing and Hiking, Building/Remodeling, hanging out with his Family

Favorite quote:
"I'll do Algebra, I'll do Trig, and I'll even do Statistics, but graphing is where I draw the line!"


Biology (or Living Environment) is a course on the study of life. In this course, students practice making observations and identifying patterns in their observations. There is also a hands-on component of the course done through labs. Labs provide students an opportunity to learn and practice skills typically performed in a science laboratory.

About Mr. Zhu:
Went to CUNY Brooklyn College and received a B.S. in Biology. Went to CUNY Hunter College for my M.A. in Adolescent Education. Mr. Zhu has been teaching for 7 years (by the end of this year).

Favorite quote:
"Don't wish it was easier, wish you were better." -Jim Rohn

Social Studies

Global 1 will be covering the foundations of civilization. We will discover how early humans learned how to farm and from there build civilizations and eventual empires. In addition to that, we will also be covering 9 enduring issues that repeat over various topics in Global history. As we explore the Golden ages and transformation of the world we will be able to recognize as it slowly becomes more like the world we live in. Developing historical thinking and analysis skills that will help you prepare for the Global II Regents exam at the end of 10th grade is also something that you'll be able to learn in this class.

About Ms. Dreyer:
My name is Aryana Dreyer and I graduated from Daemen College in Spring 2021. I went to Daemen for 4 years and was a member of the Daemen Women's Soccer team. I was born and raised in Buffalo and love the Buffalo Bills and going to the games. History has always been my favorite subject so I am very excited to be teaching it everyday!

Favorite quote:
“A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” – Jackie Robinson

Spanish 🇪🇸

Spanish 1 is an introduction to Spanish and focuses on the four key areas of foreign language study: listening, speaking, reading, and writing

About Mrs. Van Deusen:
*Graduated from Buffalo State college with a degree in Spanish language & linguistics.
*Grew up and Lewiston, NY, and currently lives in Niagara Falls,

Y with her husband & daughter Malaya.
* Has a love for teaching students Spanish & Latin American culture.
*Loves to travel internationally, and has been to over 25 countries.
*loves the outdoors, including kayaking, hiking, and going for walks.

Favorite quote:
"Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning another way to think about things."

Turkish 🇹🇷

We will work slowly and repetitively in basic foreign language classes so everyone has the ability to learn. Those who excel, will be challenged in other ways provided by the teacher, but for most beginning students, they find it enjoyable to 'conquer' basic expressions at a comfortable rate. We will learn by a model called 'Comprehensive Input' which means we learn the important basics and drill them in different ways - through short movies, music, short writings and readings and through stories. Culture and language go hand in hand and it's my personal belief you can't learn one without the other. Furthermore, if you complete all 3 levels of Turkish then you may take the local exam to receive credit towards an Advanced Regents diploma! I am so excited to get to know you!

About Mrs. Kucukyazici:
Hi! My name is Asli. I am Turkish Language Teacher. I have taught in 5 different countries for over 14 years & this is my 3rd year at BuffSci. I am married with 2 amazing kids, Erva( 9) & Yahya(5)

Favorite quote:
"What is taught with love lasts forever"

Physical Education

Students will be exposed to a variety of individual and team sport activities. Students will learn rules and fundamentals, with an emphasis on teamwork and good sportsmanship. Through physical education students can begin to develop a healthy lifestyle that will benefit their bodies, spirit and minds. These activities can help students become healthy, successful citizens way beyond their high school years.

About Mr. Castleberry:
I have been teaching Physical Education in the city of Buffalo for the past 7 years. The last 3 years have been right here at BuffSci, where I teach Physical Education and am also the Head Varsity Boys Basketball coach. I am originally not from Buffalo, I grew up an hour north of New York City in a small town located in the lower Hudson Valley, called Marlboro, N.Y. I attended UB where I received my Bachelor's in History. From there, I attended Canisius College where I earned my Master’s in Physical Education. Currently I am enrolled in another graduate program for my Master’s in Athletic Administration. When I am not in school teaching or coaching, I like to spend time with my loved ones. I am a huge Bills and Sabres fan and enjoy watching them when I can. Me and my girlfriend Margaret also have a 10-month-old Golden Retriever named Archie who we enjoy taking for walks and watching him act like a maniac when he plays with his toys.

Favorite quote:
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” – Derek Jeter

Guidance Counselors

In addition to our diligent teachers and faculty BuffSci has a team of dedicated guidance counselors that care about the future of our students. They work their best to work with the students to highlight their strengths so that they can aspire to be what they want and get in the school of their choice. For more information please visit our Counseling Page


Mustafa Kekec

Director Of Guidance
716 854 2490. Ext.1005

Jason Sullivan

11th and 12th Grade Counselor
716 854 2490. Ext.1208

Are You Ready To Learn?

In addition to our rigorous curriculum, BuffSci also offers a variety of STEM courses such as coding and AP programming. And if you are truly looking to challenge yourself then join the Buff Sci-borgs to learn and excel at robotics! In addition to AP Programming, BuffSci provides other AP courses such as AP Calculus AB, AP English Literature and Composition, AP US History, AP Art, AP Computer Science A, and other classes. With the best attendance rate in Buffalo alongside a dedicated team of great teachers that are always ready to help; the BuffSci family is always growing with the help of its hardworking student body and steadfast staff and faculty.

Extra Support

Everyone at BuffSci is always happy to help. In addition to our usual curriculum we also offer ENL and SPED services, and Free afternoon RTI classes to help make learning at BuffSci as comfortable as possible and to provide support to help build a good foundation.

We also offer Saturday School and Summer School for students that have difficulty keeping up with the course work or assignments so that they can have extra time to learn at a comfortable pace and be on track to complete all their courses.


At BuffSci we have created a Culture of Excellence in our school, whereby each member of the BuffSci family is treated with respect, courtesy and compassion. Our staff and student body reflect the diversity found in our contemporary world and help in enriching our 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. We believe in creating an environment of inclusion, tolerance, acceptance and positivity so that our students and staff can strive to be their best without any external barriers.

But There's More!

BuffSci provides a variety of activities and projects that allows our students to work both on their own, and in small groups. Some of these experiences include competitive academic clubs like robotics, chess club, cheerleading, varsity sports, art club, poetry and over thirty other clubs. And if that’s not enough students are always welcome to form their own clubs with the permission of the school. College visits are also something BuffSci dedicates time and care to as a part of our college readiness promise. Every year our students tour and visit higher education institutions like UB, Buffalo State, Bryant and Stratton, and any other institution that our students would like to request. As a school with a 100% college acceptance rate, we always encourage our students to strive for success and help in every way possible.

In addition to normal state holidays and activities, BuffSci has it’s own set of traditions and activities we celebrate to make learning easy and fun. Events like homecoming, prom, the pep rally, sport meets, PJ Day, etc. are enjoyed to promote school spirit and reinstate our “One Band, One Sound” motto. And even besides these, there are various other activities like the Lock In, Movie Night, Bake Sales and a lot more that students can always find to participate in. There’s always something to look forward to at BuffSci. Our students will find plenty of opportunities to grow existing interests and develop new curiosities.

Become Your Best Self At BuffSci

Principal And Dean

Giray Gebes

High School Principal
716 854 2490 Ext.1129

Adam Rivers

High School Dean
716 854 2490 Ext.1218