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West Seneca Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 102 students

Our school is best known for academic excellence.

 
 

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted January 23, 2014

I have 2 children enrolled in this school. I LOVE the small class sizes. I LOVE that the Bible is taught in every class. This is an excellent school with Excellent staff. Great school with great activities for the kids and family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2012

As a parent of 3 children in the school, I highly recommend WSCS! Small class sizes allow more one-on-one help, curriculum that challenges the students, teachers and staff that care, test scores that exceed national averages, parents the are involved, and Christ which is placed at the center of it all! Although no school is perfect, we are very pleased with the high academic standards and biblical principles being instilled in our children. College is not too far off, and they will be more than ready!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2012

My wife and I have 2 children in this school and we are happy with it. Just like having to pick your battles with your children, you have to pick your battles with your childrens school. No school is perfect but WSCS tries its best to do well. The teachers are very caring and truly love the children and their jobs. The education is great!! It is a nice small school that has good opportunities for the children to do well. You have good access to the teachers and they are all willing to help work with you and your child. A+ School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2012

WEST SENECA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL IS OUTSTANDING! WE HAVE 2 DAUGHTERS IN THE SCHOOL AND THEY ARE THRIVING AND THRILLED TO BE AT SUCH A GREAT SCHOOL. THE SCHOOL EXCELS ACADEMICALLY AND SPIRITUALLY. THE ATMOSPHERE IS POSITIVE, ENGAGING, ENCOURAGING AND PROFESSIONAL. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL TO OTHERS WHO WANT A FAITH-BASED APPROACH TO THEIR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION! SUBMITTED BY A PARENT
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2012

This school has a lot to offer. From pre-k to 12th grade, the students score very highly on standardized tests compared to the rest of the nation. The cost of the school is good, the education is great, and the moral standards are priceless!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

I am very happy with WSCS! Students receive an excellent traditional education using phonics-based reading methods, all from a Christ-centered world view. This results in extremely high scores on standardized achievement tests. The teachers are caring and qualified. There are great opportunities to participate in athletics, music, art and drama, with excellent academic and athletic facilities. I would highly recommend this school to parents who want a quality, Christ-centered education in a loving, family environment for their child (and the tuition is reasonable too!).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2012

I have three children who have graduated from WSCS. I am very thankful for the education they received both spiritually and academically. I was not looking for a "private" school but a Christian school and that is what WSCS is. All three of my children were very prepared for college and actually tested out of many of their Freshman level classes because of their high school education. The small classes, compassionate teachers, and a good envioronment all helped to produce students ready for the next level of their education and encouraged their spiritual growth. I thank God for WSCS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2012

With all that loving kindness, one would wonder what has happened to the enrollment. Consider contacting the families, teachers and church members over the past 35+ years who no longer attend.


Posted August 11, 2012

My family's experience at West Seneca Christian School has been tremendous. The teachers are so attentive to the needs of my children. There have been several opportunities for which the children to be involved like elementary field day, Christmas and Spring concerts, homecoming elementary soccer game, community service doing a special program at a senior center, etc. There is a family atmosphere, but also a level of professionalism during class time. Achievement test scores for my and my friends' children confirm what I already saw on worksheets and from hearing about what goes on in the classroom: excellent teaching and lots of learning consistently taking place. I cannot emphasize enough the warm atmosphere of this place. My kids always feel welcomed and loved. We could not be happier and look forward this coming year and future years at West Seneca Christian.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2012

Our views and the views of the school were quite different regarding several key issues. Among others, we disagreed regularly on key matters such as when and to what degree a child should be punished, the impact of combined classes, student & teacher attendance, and teacher certification. For us, the burden of countering the many issues on a daily basis became far too great and we decided to remove our family from enrollment. There are a select few through whom Christ s light shines brightly. We could, however, no longer accept the negative impact that the majority was having on our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2012

I unfortuantly agree with the poor review. This isn't a "bad" school. They are a Fundemental Baptist Church. They have extream beleifs yes. But that may be what your looking for.They do promote the bible. My one daughter is type A. She does very well at the school. I just need to stay on top of what they learned and help correct things that i feel the bible doesn't support. However my other daghter is very creative ant artisitc. She does not fit into their mold. And she is singled out and punished for it. It is a good price for the school. They are nice people. They are willing to work with you and open to discussion to your face. I"m just not sure how much actually goes on behind the scenes and i'm not wiating around to find out. There are better schools that are further out and cost more. Again it just depends what your looking for. To teach there you have to go to their church. Many of the families there go to the church. It can come off as clicky. This school served a purpose for a couple years. I think its my responsibility to find something new now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2011

I went to this school for many years, and from my graduating class I am the only one that came out with a sane view of the world. They cling to teachings from the Bronze Age; if they thought they could get away with it, they would tell the students that the world is flat. They teach pseudo-science, and mix in extreme Baptist teachings in every class including Math. Students are not allowed to question their doctrine in any way. They harshly punish and single out any students that dare display a unique personality.


Posted January 20, 2011

Great Academics, Great Test Scores, Outstanding College Prep, A highly qualified staff and administration, Athletic Facilities are some of the Best in the Area for private schools.


Posted January 11, 2011

Great academics, great staff, great price. The Bible is central to the students education. Cost is reasonable. Teachers are highly qualified, administration is excellent, and facilities are a big plus. Great preparation for college. High test scores.


Posted May 8, 2006

Academic Programs outstanding Limited extracurricular activities Very involved parents
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 100% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian 0% N/A
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Black 0% 21%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Hispanic 0% 21%
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students College counselor(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • ESL
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Orlando Buria
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 4 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Baptist
Associations
  • AACS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • ESL
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Game club
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$1000 - $6000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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511 Union Rd
West Seneca, NY 14224
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Phone: (716) 674-1820

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