As part of a strategy for school improvement the Buffalo Public Schools are launching a number of community schools that will attract families using a “full service” model to increase student outcomes and improve the surrounding community. A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities. Community schools offer a personalized curriculum that emphasizes real-world learning and community problem-solving. Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone – all day, every day, evenings and weekends. Parents & guardians will be encouraged to choose their community schools via the district’s choice process.
Buffalo State, through EPIO, has agreed to be the lead higher education partner for the West Side Community Schools Zone, one of four zones across the city. The schools that are part of the West Zone are Lafayette High School, West Hertel Academy #94, and Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy #76. These schools will offer a robust afterschool and Saturday program for children, educational opportunities for adults, and coordination of community partners in the school and across the zone. The three main goals are:
1. Implement strong educational programs which reduce learning gaps, enrich and expand the curriculum, and strengthen parent and community engagement in the school.
2. Coordinate with Say Yes and other local resources to offer medical, dental, health and wellness services at the school.
3. Implement high-quality extended day and year programs of excellence (e.g. academic, cultural, artistic, athletic, language, and needs-based).
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