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Elmwood Village Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 300 students

Academic excellence in a caring community

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $92,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $670.

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Posted March 12, 2013

I'm a student attending the 7th grade at Elmwood Village Charter School. This school is the best one I've ever been in. The kids here all wear a smile on their face. The teachers are great as well as the students that attend. New kids should not be afraid to attend this school. The kids at this school will become friends with anyone who needs it. Teachers care for these kids like their own and help them with anything they need, while having fun doing it. The people in the office also work hard and do an excellent job. This young school has certainly made its name known throughout Buffalo. Parents if you wish your kid to attend this school I say that it's worth it.


Posted April 26, 2012

We have 2 children in this school and have been very pleased with their academic and social progress. The teachers and director are very accessible. Teachers know and care about your child. They will work with you to ensure that your child is learning and thriving. My children look forward to school and are happily greeted at the door as they enter and leave each day. We are pleased that the school is expanding as every child should be lucky enough to have the chance to attend a school such as this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2011

We applied to Tapestry and EVCS and got into EVCS through the lottery (and were waitlisted for Tapestry). My daughter is a first grader here this year, having started in Kindergarten, and we couldn't be happier with the school! The teachers and staff are well-educated and caring and truly dedicated to the success of each child, offering additional help to children who need it (like my daughter, who stayed after with her kindergarten teachers to strengthen her reading skills so that she would be ready for 1st grade) and also giving the more advanced students enrichment opportunities so they don't get frustrated with material that is already familiar to them. I was somewhat concerned about taking on responsiblity for transporting her to and from school, on-site before and after school care is available, so my work schedule doesn't have to be interrupted. The daily interaction with teachers, staff, fellow parents and students pleasantly contributes to a feeling of community A great school overall! It is so wonderful to have the option of staying in the city and knowing that my child is receiving an educational experience similar to that offered in Suburban districts!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 31, 2010

I am thrilled with my child's school. And now that 7th and 8th grade are being added, I am even happier. One of the strong points about EVCS is that the atmosphere is very welcoming to all families, including GLBT families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 20, 2010

I've recommended EVCS to everyone I know with young children. My daughter can't wait to go to school each day! The teachers are amazing, the staff is kind and involved, and the entire EVCS community works hard to make both the school and surrounding area a better place. Wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2010

I cannot say enough about this school. This school truly has a community feeling to it and every employee is dedicated to making sure the children succeed. Extra help is available for those that need it and all of the extra classes like dance, music, Spanish, gym and art contribute to turning out well-rounded students. The affiliation with the Boys ans Girls Club for before and after school care is outstanding. I would highly recommend this school to any parent in Buffalo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2008

All the staff at this school goes above and beyond to help your child succeed. My son has blossom so much in this school than he had in buffalo public school. we are very happy to be part of the evcs family. I have told other families to apply to see if they can get it in, once they are in they should have no regrets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

This school has exceeded my expectations. My child has a disability and all the staff went above and beyond make my child ready for the first grade. There is a family atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

When we got the news that my son could enroll at EVCS, it was truly life-changing for the whole family. The environment is like night and day compared to area public schools. The academic standards are significantly higher, and the atmosphere is one of encouragement and empowerment. EVCS has far exceeded my expectations, which were quite high!! Highly, highly recommended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

I transferred my son to this school from Buffalo Public Schools. This school is fantastic. There are several programs which are offered after-school. My son will start the music program after school in November. I would recommend this school to every parent of a child in grades K-6.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

EVCS, in it's start-up year, is an overall excellent school. Incredible faculty and administration, excellent curriculum and arts programs, high parent involvement, and is not at all 'elitist', like some other local charter schools. As an educator myself, I had high expectations- EVCS has met or exceeded them all!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 32% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
53%

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 33% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
46%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
20%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 38% in 2014.

26 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 29% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
24%

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 33% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 36% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 22% in 2014.

21 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
38%

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 69% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2013-2014 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2013-14 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 48% 48%
Black 2 21% 19%
Hispanic 2 19% 23%
Two or more races 2 6% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 4% 9%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 2% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 152%N/A49%
Male 148%N/A51%
Limited English proficient 22%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 244%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 23%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 0%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Best Educational Project (2007)

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Dance

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • MR. JOHN SHEFFIELD
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (716) 348-3707

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • None
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Dance
Media arts
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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  • Low Student to Teacher Ratio The class size at EVCS is 25 students. Each classroom has one certified teacher and one teaching assistant. The school has four full-time special education teachers; two full-time Title I reading and math teachers; a full-time health and physical education teacher; a full-time school nurse; a part-time counselor; and part-time art, music, dance, and Spanish teachers. Connections with the Broader Community The Elmwood Village Charter School partners with community organizations to provide stimulating and engaging learning experiences for students. Partnerships include Folkloric Productions, the Boys’ and Girls’ Club, Ameri-Corps, D’Youville College, Medaille College, Theatre of Youth, Science First Hand the Buffalo Museum of Science, Tifft Nature Preserve, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Albright Knox Art Gallery.
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