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.[/vc_column_text]

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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 master’s 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
at 190 Franklin Street at 6:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. 

January 18, 2018

February 16, 2018 @4:00pm - CANCELLED

March 15, 2018

April 19, 2018 - POSTPONED

May 5, 2018 - Harborcenter, 95 Main Street, Buffalo 9am - 11am

June 21, 2018

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?

  1.      Provide families with an increased number of high quality school choices
  2.      Improve student achievement
  3.      Increase learning opportunities for all students, with an emphasis on at-risk students
  4.      Encourage use of innovative teaching methods/educational designs
  5.      Create new professional opportunities for teachers, administrators, school staff
  6.      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

Admission Lottery will be held on

April 19, 2018 at 5:00 PM at 190 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY 14202.

 

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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;
  4. Please note that BuffSci does consider sibling preference only for a brother or sister of enrolled students residing in the same householdprovided 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:

  1. Proof of Residence
  2. Birth Certificate
  3. Current Report Card*
  4. Immunization/Shot Records
  5. IEP (Individualized Education Plan) and/or 504 Plan (if applicable) 
  6. 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.

Employment Opportunities

Please click one of the jobs to see detailed explanation.

  • Mathematics Teacher - High School

    The Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (BuffSci) is seeking a reliable, punctual, high-energy individual who loves educating youth to make a difference by joining our outstanding team of educators as a High School Math Teacher. BuffSci needs a talented, positive, honest candidate to support our school culture and model strong leadership skills while facilitating classroom lessons and activities for high school students in 9th through 12th grade. Our school seeks an individual who is an outstanding communicator, demonstrates great organizational skills and who will maintain a high level of energy while supporting and assisting our classroom teachers during the school day.

    • Teach content and skills in designated subject areas utilizing approved curricula
    • Provide lessons for individualized and/or group instruction congruent with the course
    • Administer, score, record and report the results of assessments for pupil progress
    • Communicate regularly with parents and school administration regarding pupil progress
    • Maintain standards of pupil behavior for an orderly classroom environment
    • Support positive school culture and maintain professional demeanor
    • Perform additional duties as assigned to promote positive school culture

    Qualified candidates must pass background clearance and have NYS Teaching Certification. Previous teaching experience is a preferred, but not required.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    NYSED Background Clearance
    Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics, Education or related
    Master's Degree in Mathematics Education is preferred
    Previous experience as a Math teacher or related field preferred
    Email COVER LETTER, RESUME, REFERENCES and CERTIFICATIONS to hr@buffsci.org.

  • Spanish Teacher - High School

    The Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (BuffSci) is seeking a reliable, punctual, high-energy individual who loves educating youth to make a difference by joining our outstanding team of educators as a High School Spanish Language Teacher. BuffSci needs a talented, positive, honest candidate to support our school culture and model strong leadership skills while facilitating classroom lessons and activities for high school students in 9th through 12th grade. Our school seeks an individual who is an outstanding communicator, demonstrates great organizational skills and who will maintain a high level of energy while supporting and assisting our classroom teachers during the school day.

    Teach content and skills in designated subject areas utilizing approved curricula
    • Provide lessons for individualized and/or group instruction congruent with the course
    • Administer, score, record and report the results of assessments for pupil progress
    • Communicate regularly with parents and school administration regarding pupil progress
    • Maintain standards of pupil behavior for an orderly classroom environment
    • Support positive school culture and maintain professional demeanor
    • Perform additional duties as assigned to promote positive school culture

    Qualified candidates must pass background clearance and have NYS Teaching Certification. Previous experience is a plus, but not required.

     

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    NYSED Background Clearance
    Bachelor's Degree in Spanish Education or related
    Master's Degree in Spanish Education is preferred
    Previous experience as a Spanish teacher or related field preferred
    Email COVER LETTER, RESUME, REFERENCES and CERTIFICATIONS to hr@buffsci.org.

  • Physical Education Teacher - Middle School

    The Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (BuffSci) is seeking a reliable, punctual, high-energy individual who loves educating youth to make a difference by joining our outstanding team of educators as a Middle School Physical Education Teacher. BuffSci needs a talented, positive, honest candidate to support our school culture and model strong leadership skills while facilitating PE lessons and activities for middle school students in K, 1st and 5th through 8th grades. Our school seeks an individual who is an outstanding communicator, demonstrates great organizational skills and who will maintain a high level of energy while supporting and assisting our classroom teachers during the school day.

    Teach content and skills in designated subject areas utilizing approved curricula
    • Provide lessons for individualized and/or group instruction congruent with the course
    • Administer, score, record and report the results of assessments for pupil progress
    • Communicate regularly with parents and school administration regarding pupil progress
    • Maintain standards of pupil behavior for an orderly classroom environment
    • Support positive school culture and maintain professional demeanor
    • Perform additional duties as assigned to promote positive school culture

    Qualified candidates must pass background clearance and have NYS Teaching Certification. Previous experience is a plus, but not required.

     

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
    NYSED Background Clearance
    Bachelor's Degree in Physical Education or related
    Master's Degree in Physical Education is preferred
    Previous experience as a PE Teacher or related field preferred
    Email COVER LETTER, RESUME, REFERENCES and CERTIFICATIONS to hr@buffsci.org.

  • Director of Special Projects

    SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

    The Director of Special Projects will:
    * Develop the strategy and implementation plan for school-wide projects;
    * Coordinate the development of the long term and short term strategic and business plans
    * Develop strategy and implementation for school development and expansion;
    * Search, apply and coordinate available grants for projects and school;
    * Work with the School Director to ensure that all government and authorizer grant proposals and reports are completed on time;
    * Assist with student recruitment;
    * Organize and coordinate conferences, seminars, trainings, and other special projects and events as assigned.
    * Demonstrate a relentless drive to improve the minds, characters, and lives of students both in and out of schools;
    * Communicate effectively with students, families, and colleagues;
    * Commit to continual professional growth, participating actively in meetings

    QUALIFICATIONS
    Ability to take initiative, prioritize tasks, and work independently;
    Ability to think creatively and out of box
    Excellent computer and educational technology skills;
    Prior experience in diverse school settings (5 years and more preferred)
    A background in STEM is preferred
    Teaching experience strongly preferred
    School Admin experience is preferred

    Email COVER LETTER, RESUME, REFERENCES and CERTIFICATIONS to polat@buffsci.org.

  • Support Teachers - ELA & Math

    The Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School (BuffSci) is seeking reliable, punctual, high-energy individuals who love educating youth to make a difference by joining our outstanding team of educators as Middle School Support Teachers. BuffSci needs talented, positive, honest candidates to support our school culture and model strong leadership skills while facilitating classroom lessons and activities for students in 5th through 8th grade. Our school seeks individuals who are outstanding communicators, demonstrate great organizational skills and who will maintain a high level of energy while supporting and assisting our classroom teachers during the school day.

    Math/ELA Support Objective:
    Provide assistance to lead classroom teacher for individualized instruction to pupils in ELA or Mathematics and related content.

    Support Teacher responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
    * Teaching assigned classes;
    * Focus on group academic support sessions in ELA or Math instruction utilizing approved curricula;
    * Provide observation and feedback to lead teacher on pupil progress;
    * Participate in teacher professional development as required;
    * Maintain standards of pupil behavior for an orderly classroom environment;
    * Support positive school culture and maintain professional dress and demeanor;
    * Additional duties as assigned to promote positive school culture and foster an optimal learning environment for pupils

    Minimum Qualifications:
    Qualified candidates must pass background clearance.
    Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Education or related field.
    Master’s Degree in Education, ELA or Math are preferred.
    NYS Teaching Certification is preferred.
    Previous experience is a plus.

Employment Application

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

High School

Address:
190 Franklin Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 854-2490
Fax: (716) 854-5039
email: help@bascs.org

Middle School

Address:
89 Clare Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone: (716) 854-2490
Fax: (716) 854-5039
email: help@bascs.org