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 dedicated to providing quality education to a diverse body of students in the Buffalo region of New York State. Located in the heart of Buffalo’s downtown business/government sector, BuffSci continually provides a rigorous, innovative and enhanced curriculum – highlighting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) – in order to prepare students for successful futures in the global environment. BuffSci maintains high expectations for students and provides varied opportunities for students to gain skills necessary to be competitive in the 21st century marketplace.
Founded in 2004, BuffSci was one of the first charter high schools formed in the City of Buffalo. Responding to the need and community demand, BuffSci was created to provide middle and high school students with a quality education. BuffSci’s program of study aligns with the Common Core Learning Standards and establishes specific, rigorous, manageable and measurable academic standards. The 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, equipped with aptitude in self-assessment, goal-setting, critical thinking, problem solving, effective communication, collaboration, cooperation, self-discipline and creative expression.
The BuffSci Difference!
- Enhanced science and math curriculum
- Extensive usage of technology
- Individualized instruction with hands-on activities and one to one tutoring
- Parent, student, and teacher cooperation
- College counseling and preparation
- The university and industry connection program
Building Community through Academic Success
The mission of the Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (BuffSci) is to fulfill the high demands of students in Buffalo from grades K to 12, their parents and the community as a whole by addressing the following:
- Providing an excellent academic educational plan with emphasis on math, science, and technology while providing the opportunity for students to excel in any field of study.
- Providing a rigorous, innovative, challenging and enhanced curriculum focused on preparing students per individual basis for college from a community who are not served successfully by public education and cannot afford the private education services.
- Preparing students to become responsible, educated citizens who have the skills and understanding to participate and work productively in a diverse, multicultural, globally oriented environment and who are ready to carry the torch of knowledge, freedom, and prosperity.
- Creating a partnership and participation environment among the student – teacher- parent triad that will provide our youth with the support necessary to reach their highest potential – intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.
Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees provides competent stewardship and oversight of the school while implementing and maintaining policies, systems and processes to ensure academic success, organizational viability and faithfulness to the terms of its charter.
Dr. Acar (Board President) is an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of the leadership minor program at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College. His research and teaching interests include creativity, leadership and gifted education. He earned his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia, where he studied creativity, divergent thinking and the education of the gifted and talented. Before that, he received his M.A. in Gifted Education from Istanbul University, in Turkey. Dr. Acar studied leadership skills of the gifted students in his master’s thesis. Dr. Acar presented his research at the major conferences and published many of them in the peer-reviewed journals. Most of his studies utilized quantitative methods and he is interested in applying advanced quantitative methods in his research.
Dr. Kosar (Board Treasurer) is an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005, and worked as a tenure track faculty at Louisiana State University between 2005 and 2010. Dr. Kosar has received numerous research grants and awards from federal agencies such as NSF, DOE, NOAA and ONR including the very prestigious NSF CAREER Award to apply his novel research ideas in advanced science and technology. He has more than 60 scholarly publications in top journals and conferences in his research area. Dr. Kosar is very enthusiastic about integrating his research into K-12 education as much as possible. Dr. Kosar also has more than 10 years of experience with charter schools and other non-profit educational organizations, where he served in the governing boards at different capacities. He also has served as a volunteer at numerous elementary and secondary school activities such as science fairs, robotics clubs, math competitions, and student programming projects. Dr. Kosar’s experience will be of crucial importance in developing new strategies for the improvement of quality of education at BuffSci.
Dr. Gokcek (Board Secretary) joined the Board of the Buffalo Academy of Science in 2009 and was re-elected for a second term in 2012. Dr. Gokcek is currently an Associate Professor of History at Niagara University. He completed his Ph.D. in history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on trans-imperial intellectual interactions in the early 20th century. He regularly teaches courses on the history of the United States since 1945, Russia, the Middle East and Central Asia. He also serves as the Director of the masterâs program in Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Gokcek has been involved with charter schools in various capacities since 2004. He believes strongly in the contribution that charter schools make to our education system. For Dr. Gokcek, a strong focus on STEM education, preparing students for college and beyond, and strong cooperation of the student-teacher-parent triad is critical for the prosperous future of our society.
Dr. Banks is a Professor of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Dr. Banks earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. His research interests include social anthropology, kinship, culture, historical methods, contemporary social change and studies of Southeast Asia and Malaya.
Dr. Demirbas is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Murat received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 2004 and completed his post-doctorate at the Theory of Distributed Systems Group at MIT in 2005. His research interests are in distributed and networked systems, cloud computing, distributed algorithms and self-stabilizing fault-tolerance. Murat received an NSF CAREER Award in 2008 and the UB Exceptional Scholars Young Investigator Award in 2010.
Board of Trustees Meetings
2018-2019 MEETING DATES:
June 20, 2018
August 17, 2018
September 7, 2018
October 15, 2018 - Location: 89 Clare Street, Buffalo, NY 14206
November 5, 2018
December 3, 2018
January 7, 2019
February 4, 2019
March 4, 2019
April 1, 2019
May 6, 2019
June 3, 2019
All Board meetings take place at 190 Franklin Street unless otherwise indicated.
To see board meeting minutes please click here.
Charter School 101
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.
Why were Charter schools were established?
- Provide families with an increased number of high quality school choices
- Improve student achievement
- Increase learning opportunities for all students, with an emphasis on at-risk students
- Encourage use of innovative teaching methods/educational designs
- Create new professional opportunities for teachers, administrators, school staff
- Change from rule-based to performance based accountability
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.
If you are interested in applying for admission to any charter school, you must contact the charter school directly to inquire about its application/enrollment timeline and process.
(Information from the New York State Education Department)
For more information, visit NYSED.
Welcome, Parents and Guardians!
All children who would be eligible for enrollment in public schools in New York State in the available grades will be eligible to enroll in the charter school, subject to availability and the process set forth below.
BuffSci will admit each eligible student who submits a timely application, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of the student’s requested grade level or of the school building.
Admission to BuffSci is not limited on the basis of intellectual ability, measures of achievement or aptitude, athletic ability, disability, race, creed, national origin, religion, or on any other ground that would be unlawful.
Please click on the link below to submit your child’s application for the Admission Lottery. A separate application must be received for each child you are interested in attending. Please fill out the application completely.
PLEASE BE SURE TO CHOOSE THE CORRECT ACADEMIC YEAR FOR WHICH YOU ARE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION
All new applications received for the 2017-2018 school year will be processed for the upcoming lottery at the appropriate grade level. All wait lists remain active for 1 year and will not be carried over; therefore, a NEW APPLICATION is required each school year for any student who wishes to enroll.
Falsifications, misrepresentations or omissions may disqualify your application. Thank you.
We look forward to meeting each applicant; however, there are a few guidelines to ensuring that each application is processed without delay:
- All student(s) accepted to BuffSci must be New York State (NYS) residents. If you are not a resident at the time of your application but you are planning on moving to NYS, please let us know when your NYS address will be official
- Please make sure that all contact information on the application is current and accurate. Please remember to include your email address, as this is a primary source of communication between the school staff and our parents
- All new applications for the upcoming school year will be for wait list at the appropriate level. Click below to see the complete BuffSci Admissions Policy;
- Please note that BuffSci does consider sibling preference only for a brother or sister of enrolled students residing in the same household, provided there is space available at the appropriate grade level. Separate applications must be received for each child. If there are no spots available, your child will be placed on the wait list.
*Please note that if your child is not promoted to the grade for which you have applied, their name will be added to our wait list for the grade in which they have been retained, pending an available spot.*
We look forward to continued and amplified success with our students. We encourage strong parental engagement and participation in our Parent Involvement Committee. We hold high standards for both academic and social achievement for our students. We look forward to the opportunity to meet with you and your child to further discuss his/her educational future
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.
Been chosen in the lottery?
All ACCEPTED students must provide BuffSci with the following documents by the date requested, in order to complete the enrollment process:
- Proof of Residence
- Birth Certificate
- Current Report Card*
- Immunization/Shot Records
- IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and/or 504 Plan (if applicable)
- Court Orders (if applicable)
*Please note that your child’s final report card, summer school report and/or transcripts must be submitted to BuffSci in order to finalize your child’s admission and enrollment in the correct grade.
Already been accepted?
If you are an ACCEPTED student and wish to arrange a Shadow Day, please contact the school at 716-854-2490.
On a wait list?
A waiting list for each grade will be adopted upon reaching grade level capacity. We will be in contact via post, e-mail or telephone as new/updated information concerning your individual application status becomes available. You may call (716) 854-2490 to check the status of your child in all available grade levels.
General Criteria for Employment
Staff selection will be based on strong academic preparation, professional competence, intellectual rigor, emotional maturity, enthusiastic professional attitude, knowledge of instructional practices, and ability to contribute to the furtherance of the school’s educational goals. Attention will be paid, among other factors, to the candidate’s academic records, and his/her previous relevant experience.
The school seeks teachers in these areas to take up the rigorous, joyous challenge of helping students chart their academic journey. Subjects listed as part-time may be brought up to full-time status by teachers whose expertise covers more than one subject area.
Please click one of the jobs to see detailed explanation.
Your application file will be considered complete when we have received completed application form and a copy of your New York State certification (or verification of eligibility). Our mailing address is:
Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School
190 Franklin St.
Buffalo, NY 14202
Buffalo, NY 14202