Maximizing Student Potential
Extensive research shows that students more readily reach their potential when they experience an integrated curriculum that emphasizes crossing traditional disciplinary boundaries. This approach to education enhances the opportunities for synthesis of ideas and knowledge that is a cornerstone of intellectual growth. At BuffSci, the integrated curriculum and innovative teaching are supported through advanced multimedia resources.
Each year, the New York State Department of Education issues report cards for public schools and districts within the state. The report card assesses student performance on the state tests in English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science and Analysis.
In addition, the report card includes the School Accountability Status Report, which measures a school’s yearly progress and identifies schools in need of improvement. Lastly, the Comprehensive Information Report assesses student performance on other state exams and assessments. Information about attendance, enrollment, demographics, drop-out rates, and the staff is also included. Click on the links below to access the school report cards.
Program of Studies
The Buffalo Academy of Science’s Program of Studies has been prepared for students in order to guide them on course selection progress. BuffSci’s rigorous curriculum requires 24 credits from students for high school graduation, while NYS requires 22 credits.
Colleges and universities are highly selective in their admissions. BuffSci students are encouraged to select a rigorous course of study and enroll in higher level courses as much as possible. BuffSci currently offers four (4) Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Since the start of the 2013-2014 school year, BuffSci has also offered college courses affiliated with Erie Community College (ECC). This program allows BuffSci students to enroll in college-level courses to earn transferable credits while still in high school.
BuffSci provides students with a well-rounded program of studies, which includes STEM-focused (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) courses and an embedded Character Education program. These offerings ensure that our students become well-rounded and are prepared to meet the challenges they will face as they graduate to college and careers.
Our course offerings provide a wide variety of learning opportunities. As students examine the course catalog, please bear in mind not only short-term needs, but also long-term goals. Beyond district, state, college and career requirements, students are encouraged and guided to select courses that will be academically stimulating and personally enriching. Above all, students are counseled to plan a program which challenges them appropriately, sets realistic goals and enables them to take advantage of the diversified offerings available.
Course Selection Checklist:
- Please be sure to choose up to 12 courses in case your first choice is unavailable or full. Courses will be offered based upon student request rate (i.e. if only 3 students choose Studio in Art, it most likely will not be offered).
- Make sure to include your core courses and Physical Education. (Each student must have four years of high school P.E. classes in order to graduate!) Consider your personal life/ability so as to not overload yourself (outside obligations such as work or family).
- Review your choices with a parent or guardian and have them sign your choice list so that they are aware of your choice. Once final schedules are distributed, parents will need to sign those as well.
Internships: Internships are a senior-exclusive opportunity to work in various occupations throughout the Buffalo area. Students will receive six (6) credits per semester (with a maximum of 12 credits per year) in this class along with a grade. Students will attend class once a week and will use the other days working at their internship sites. In order to get into this class, students must have an average of at least an 80. While in this class, students must maintain an average of 80 or higher and have no disciplinary actions against them (this will include suspensions, conduct referrals, and behavior outside of school that is unbecoming of BuffSci students). A list of internship sites and paperwork will be mailed to the students enrolled in this class. All paperwork must be turned in by the end of August (exact dates TBA).
The Courses offered at the Buffalo Academy of Science are aligned directly to the Common Core Learning Standards and are designed to provide our students with rigorous curricula that will prepare them for the 21st century global environment. We uphold high standards of performance for our students; however, within that framework, BuffSci students are provided ample opportunity and encouraged to participate in activities that support student achievement and empower students to succeed.
At the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (BuffSci), we believe that college is for everyone. To assure that our students reach that goal, our college counseling department provides an individualized process with to produce the best match between our student and colleges. Each student works closely with his or her counselor to explore the talents and interests that he or she has developed over the years, to set a high school graduation plan based on those experiences and to find the colleges that will help him or her achieve those goals.
Each grade level has its own experienced college counselor at BuffSci. By visiting college campuses, attending regional and national conferences, and hosting individual college representatives at our school, BuffSci’s college counselors update and expand their knowledge about programs available at colleges.
Creating a good match of student and college also requires that the college counselor and student forge a strong relationship so that the college counselor knows the student's strengths, abilities, talents, and aspirations. For this reason, the counselor meets with each student at least once each quarter.
In helping a student build a college list, BuffSci's counseling department uses the latest online tools, such as Naviance and Common App. We believe that using technology tools makes the college search and application process easier than the paper era and strongly encourage our students and parents to use the online tools for that purpose.
Ultimately, students who are happiest about the college process are those who understand their abilities and needs to find schools that make the best fit.
Students – Builds new skills and interests; develops self-confidence; Provides cross-disciplinary, real-world learning opportunities that support core subjects
Teachers – Additional time for professional development and collaborative planning during the school day; Gives teachers opportunity to teach topics beyond the required curriculum
Parents/Community Partners – Increases access to underutilized community resources; Deepens connections between the school and community
All – Prevents potential fatigue brought on by a longer day for students and adults; Strengthens relationships between students and adults
Enrichment at BuffSci
BuffSci provides is students with a variety of enrichment activities to complement the curriculum and support our overall Culture of Excellence. Our enrichment activities include:
Academic Talent Search w/Canisius College
BuffSci College and Career Counseling Program (B-CCC)
National Honor Society Chapter
Principal’s Leadership Team
New Literacy Standards in Common Core Learning Standards have intensified the focus on student literacy in schools across the nation. In response to the persistent deficits that students in Buffalo face, particularly in literacy, BuffSci has created a rigorous curriculum for our students. We are dedicated to improving the literacy in our students so that they become literate, competent citizens who are able to meet the challenges of competing in the diverse 21st century global environment.Readers Workshop: Improving reading comprehension and fostering a love of reading for all 9th graders. This course tailors books to fit the needs and interests of individual students. It also provides time and an appropriate environment for reading. Students learn to ask questions, make connections to prior knowledge, conference with peers as well as teachers, and to be independent readers.
Annual Poetry Slam: Each year BuffSci holds a Poetry Slam which allows poets from all across Western NY express themselves and compete for the honor or Poetry Slam Champion. The event celebrates the Liberal Arts and allows students to show off their talents at writing and performing original poetry.
Annual ELA Events: Family Literacy Night, Scholastic Book Fair, Poetry Slam, Spelling Bee
A distinguishing feature of the BuffSci program is that early intervention is provided as needed. This intervention is designed specifically to support the academic progress of low-achieving students. The support is multifaceted, as described below.
BuffSci has an educational environment that involves both in-class and after-class individual attention. After-class individual attention occurs as part of our after-school tutoring program. Students receive tutoring from the faculty and also from volunteers from area universities. Tutoring is adjusted to fit individual student needs so as to maximize each student's potential. Thus, some students may require tutoring one afternoon a week, whereas others may require daily tutoring. Because tutoring does not occur during the regular class time, it is not considered as part of the instruction requirement and will not be used to support the apportionment claim.
The tutoring program also benefits students who are not classified as low achievers. Tutors are available to students performing at or above grade level upon request. These tutoring sessions generally occur after school, but some may be scheduled on the weekends, depending on student and parent preferences.
In the classroom, BuffSci encourages teachers to increase their level of attention to each student individually. Twice a semester, teachers will fill out a student progress report form and discuss student progress with other teachers, parents, and tutors They also provide a brief summary of their methodology and supplementary efforts such as after-school tutoring and meetings with parents that they are using to help students reach their maximum potential. In some classes, whenever appropriate, tutors will help individual groups (or individual students) to increase the degree of individual attention. Labs are good examples in this context: while students are doing experiments in groups of two, tutors and the teacher will deal with each group as needed.
To give enough individual attention to each student, an important and innovative goal is to provide teachers with offices where they can meet privately with students.
Excellence in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education is an important factor in the nation's ability to remain competitive in our global economy. By creating a rigorous program focused on the STEM disciplines, BuffSci endeavors to reduce the educational and technological gaps that exist for many of our students. By making technology accessible and de-mystifying the disciplines of science and math, students are empowered to succeed. Removing barriers is at the forefront of providing a quality education and this program ensures that all students are able to get hands-on, experiential learning opportunities that will translate to successful future endeavors.
“STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work, and the global enterprise enabling the development of STEM literacy and with it the ability to compete in the new economy (Tsupros, 2009).”
"Our future depends on reaffirming America’s role as the world’s
engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation."
~President Barack Obama, January 6, 2010
STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
The BuffSci Summer STEM Camp is a week-long camp which will engage middle school students in fun, educational, hands-on activities! The purpose of the STEM Camp is to stimulate science and mathematics awareness in youth by providing an opportunity for students to apply the concepts taught in middle school grades (5 through 8) to a series of real-world tasks. These activities help foster positive attitudes towards STEM and serve to provide practical contexts in which the students can put their learned problem-solving skills into practice.
The BuffSci Summer STEM Camp is open to middle school students entering 5th through 8th grades. Session I will be held Monday, August 8th through Friday, August 12th. Session II will be held Monday, August 15th through Friday, August 19th. Lunch will be served to all participants daily. Transportation is not provided. There is a $75 participation fee per student.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST.
BOTH SESSIONS ARE CURRENTLY FILLED FOR 2016 SUMMER STEM CAMP.
2016 Summer STEM Camp
Session I: August 8th – August 12th
Session II: August 15th – August 19th
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Location: 190 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202
*Both sessions are held at the same time and location.
About M^3 Contest
M3 = March Math Madness Contest
The mission of the M3 Contest is to create mathematics awareness in youth by demystifying the complexities of math and stimulating interest in continuing math studies in college and careers. The purpose of the competition is to strengthen mathematics capabilities in youth by providing an opportunity for students to apply the concepts taught in middle school grades (5 through 8) to a challenging series of tasks. The challenges serve to provide hands-on, real-world contexts in which the students can put their learned problem-solving skills into practice to demonstrate their knowledge of various concepts across a broad range of applications. In addition, the M3 Contest promotes enthusiasm, excitement and fosters positive attitudes towards math – and themselves as learners of mathematics – so that students are empowered to succeed.
M3 Math Contest
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
2016 M3 Math Contest Winners:
1st Place: Emma Z., Grade 7 (Sts. Peter & Paul Hamburg)
2nd Place: Umme J., Grade 8 (BuffSci)
3rd Place: Camille M., Grade 7 (Niagara Catholic Jr/Sr High)
2014 M3 Math Contest Winners:
1st Place: Nathaniel, Grade 7 (CHS)
2nd Place: Alyssa, Grade 8 (NCHS)
3rd Place: Nicole, Grade 8 (NCHS)
At BuffSCi, we believe that the Science Fair is an invaluable experience for our students. Each year, the Science Fair is a school-wide collaboration amongst our students. Students complete assignments in all of their classes relating to their projects. Each student is given instructions and handouts during each class for the various steps of his/her project. Students are given grades relating to his/her Science Fair project in all classes, in an effort to assist each student with his/her project in greater depth. Therefore, it is imperative for students to work continually on his/her Science Fair project at home in order to be prepared for each class. The students will receive a monthly calendar noting due dates for each part of the project.
The qualified projects are eligible for First, Second, or Third Place in the all-category, school-wide judging. Within specific categories First, Second and Third place winners will receive a medal! Projects are evaluated by invited guests to make up our esteemed, impartial Judges’ Panel who determine the student winners in each category.
Here are some of our top reasons as well as goals we hope that the students are able to achieve through participating in the BuffSci Science Fair:
- Create a stimulated interest, curiosity, and desire to explore the mysteries of the world. The students will learn, understand, apply and master the scientific method.
- Provide the students with real scientific experiences allowing them to apply their scientific knowledge.
- Develop the necessary skills in communicating scientifically; both verbally and written. Students will expand their skills of interpretation and analysis of data; Students will learn how to manage and complete long range projects.
- Acquire skills of research using a variety of resources such as the Internet, interviews, books, magazines, etc.
- Demonstrate a connection between what is learned in the classroom and real-life experiences.
- Promote unique opportunities for the teachers to work individually with the students in an interdisciplinary project.
- Foster independence in the student by providing the opportunity to take initiative and responsibility in studying a topic of their choice.
For suggestions on helping students through this process and choosing a topic for his/her Science Fair project, there are various web sites that can help. These sites include but are not limited to:
We ask parents to encourage your child and monitor his/her progress along the way. Your support is the key to a successful project; but please do not allow your involvement to extend any further than support in order to assure equity and promote student learning! Guide your child whenever and wherever you can, but let the final project reflect your child's individual effort and design.
FOUR MAJOR COMPONENTS
The science fair project can be divided into four major components:
- The Experiment:
- Choose a topic
- Perform an experiment related to that topic
- The Research Paper:
- Review and research literature for the chosen topic and closely related topics
- Summarize the experiment and draw conclusions from the experiment
- Write a properly formatted and cited research paper
- The Visual Display
- Prepare a display board that illustrates the complete science project from start to finish
- Display equipment and materials needed to complete the project
- The Oral Presentation
- Orally present a summary of the project to your teachers, classmates, parents and judges
- Share and explain all phases of the project in an open setting
The Robotics Program at BASCS is designed to prepare our students to compete in the ever-expanding fields of science an technology that are becoming increasingly embedded into our everyday lives. Our Robotics Program is a comprehensive course which teaches inherently across a range of curricula to address key concepts of the core subjects, including science, technology, mathematics and English language arts, as well as research, team-building and time management.Our program provides a strong curriculum which enables teachers to address STEM competencies in a manner that allows full engagement and comprehension by students.
Through participation in the BASCS Robotics Program, our students will:
- Develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry;
- Develop abilities necessary to define and use the engineering process;
- Acquire knowledge to define and utilize proper lab safety procedures;
- Develop abilities in technological hardware, programming and design;
- Acquire knowledge to understand and apply new science, technology and mathematical concepts;
- Develop an understanding of core concepts, characteristics and scope of technology and its relation to other fields of study (subject areas) and;
- Explore and develop an understanding of the use and significance of technology in society.
- Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology
- Apply real-world math and science concepts
- Research challenges facing today’s scientists
- Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
- Participate in tournaments and celebrations
Future City Engages Kids in Engineering and So Much More...
- Apply math and science concepts to real-world issues
- Develop writing, public speaking, problem solving, and time management skills
- Research and propose solutions to engineering challenges
- Discover different types of engineering and explore careers options
- Learn how their communities work and become better citizens
- Develop strong teamwork skills