Joy Pepper, Executive Director of Tapestry Charter School, announced that construction has begun at its new campus at 65 Great Arrow Avenue, east of Delaware Avenue. Construction work is being managed by Ellicott Development with architectural services by Trautman Associates.
When complete, the new campus will house grades K-12. Grades K-8 are now housed at the corner of Franklin and Linwood and the high school is located in former School 36 on Days Park.
Phase one construction involves completing the high school classrooms and gymnasium. Planning for the K-8 portion is underway. The $6.4 million project is financed by Northwest Savings Bank and Ellicott Development. Tapestry's high school grades will relocate in July 2010.
Tapestry Charter School is a public school for children, parents and teachers who believe in weaving together the humanities, sciences, arts and social responsibility, committed to meeting and exceeding New York State standards for learning. Students of the school come from throughout the greater Buffalo area, including its suburbs.
The mission of the school is to provide a challenging and rigorous education in an environment that emphasizes diversity, compassion, collaboration, community, creativity, and leadership, so that students are academically and socially prepared to meet the demands of further education while maturing into productive and caring adults with a lifelong passion for learning.
At the high school grade levels, the academic program is based on the Expeditionary Learning model, which emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character growth, and teamwork.