A new private school, grades 5 through 12, is opening at 434 Delaware Avenue (Dorsheimer House). Called The Buffalo Academy of Scholars (“The Academy”), the goal of the school is to deliver a top notch private education to students in a “boutique educational program” environment. The school was formed as an alternative to the traditional classroom structure that has proved to be unproductive for many students. “The Academy is fortunate to have children who are being raised by parents who place a high premium on quality education,” said Executive Director Dr. Margaret Keller-Cogan. “The faculty understands that, as the students’ daytime role models, they bring the value of their collective educational experiences with them. In addition, they are truly kind, compassionate people who love children and have a passion for their own continual learning. The Academy’s work involves growing minds, both our students’ and our own.”
The customized education is catered to promote individual student strengths, and determine the best course of action for determining solutions to productively work on the weaknesses. By creating instructive and challenging curriculums where teachers and students interact one-on-one, and group sessions are offered in a learning theory class and physical education, this road to education is far different than what many students and parents are accustomed to. In the end, it is the teachers who are the role models that will be responsible for ensuring that the lessons are designed with the individuals’ needs in mind. The goal of the academy is to engage in the following:
-Establishing rigorous performance standards for each student
-Exposing learners to teaching excellence
-Providing a kind and compassionate environment where each child will be cared for as a cherished “family member”
-One-on-one instruction includes English Language Arts, mathematics, foreign language, social studies, science and the arts.
-The special Applied Learning classes teach students how to study, how to organize themselves, and the importance of accepting responsibility for managing their school, study and free time. These small group lessons focus on application-based learning, debate and group presentations.
-Students and faculty take weekly field trips to visit businesses, historic sites, and centers for the arts in Erie County and throughout Western New York. Out-of-town trips to Washington DC and Hawaii are planned for 2014. Trips are organized in alignment with topics being taught in classes.
Buffalo Academy of Scholars – “a unique, private school for 5th through 12th Grade students” – currently accepting new students for the fall 2014 semester. The maximum capacity is approximately 50-60 students.