Charter School Office

Successful Charter School Practices

Highlighted Charter Schools:

  1. Neighborhood Charter School of Harlem
    Neighborhood CS of Harlem (NCSH) is being recognized for their innovative work with students on the autism spectrum. Approximately 30% of the students they enroll have a disability and approximately half of those students, 15% of total student population, are on the autism spectrum. A multidisciplinary approach, and strong emphasis on literacy intervention, small group instruction, and socio-emotional development enhances the experience for all students through the use of a data driven approach with team-based collaboration. NCSH is one of the highest performing charter school in New York. Click here to watch a short video on the successful key elements of this school.
  2. West Buffalo Charter School
    West Buffalo Charter School represents a rich mosaic of diversity by enrolling a high number of English as a New Language learners, Students with Disabilities, and those considered economically disadvantaged in grades K-8.  WBCS offers a well-rounded program providing authentic learning experiences that address the needs of all types of learners both academically and social-emotionally.  It prides itself on a family-friendly, warm, welcoming environment allowing them to establish and maintain mutually respectful relationships with all key stakeholders.  These relationships coupled with high expectations and solid instructional approaches serving the whole-child, result in WBCS continually yielding positive student outcomes.
    Through data-driven, differentiated learning tasks, aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards, WBCS is able to provide small group targeted instruction for both at-risk students and those that require higher level enriching opportunities.  Using the gradual release model of instruction, teachers scaffold rigorous learning experiences on a daily basis to ensure all students maximize their learning potential.  Teachers have the option to differentiate based on the content, the process, or the product that students will produce.  This instruction is possible due to small class sizes, capped at 20 students for grades K-4 and 25 students for grades 5-8, and a high teacher-to-student ratio with at least two educators assigned to every classroom. To learn more, please view a short video, which can be found here:

Profiles Highlighting NYS Charter Schools' Successful Practices:

Community Roots Charter School  PDF File (216 KB)

Genesee Community Charter School at the Rochester Museum &
Science Center
   PDF File (1 MB)

Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School  PDF File (483 KB)

Tapestry Charter School  PDF File (2 MB)

True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School  PDF File (222 KB)

Westminster Community Charter School  PDF File (473 KB)

Successful Practice Resources:

  • Doing What Works  External link
    Doing What Works (DWW) is a website sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The goal of DWW is to create an online library of resources that may help teachers, schools, districts, states and technical assistance providers implement research-based instructional practice.
  • Innovations in Education Series: Successful Charter Schools  PDF File (3.44 KB)
    This publication, produced by the US Department of Education, highlights eight of the most successful charter schools in the United States.

2013-2016 New York Dissemination Program Grant

Last Updated: February 1, 2019