The Elmwood Village Charter School (EVCS) is expanding to North Buffalo. After being given the go ahead by SUNY Trustees in April of 2016, EVCS began to move forward with the acquisition of a sizable property located at 655 Hertel Avenue. The new school will accommodate 150 students in grades K-2 right off the bat. Then, the school will bring aboard an additional 50 students each year until capacity is reached. Ultimately the school will enroll 450 students, grades K-8.
Aside from continuing on with similar programming already underway at EVCS 1 on Days Park, the new school will provide resources for social and emotional learning.
“The school operates with the belief that the social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum, and children must meet with social success before they can achieve high levels of academic success,” according to the School’s Board Chair, Mimi Barnes-Coppola.
EVCS is considered one of the highest ranking elementary schools in the city. It is for that reason that the successes will be duplicated and expanded upon, by acquiring the building complex that formerly housed the Cantalician Center. At one point in time, the building complex also housed the Cardinal Dougherty High School.
Applications for EVCS 2 on Hertel will be available in December 2016. The school will open in September 2017.