Aurora Academy is a proposed public charter school that will serve students in 9th through 12th grades. If approved, we hope to locate in the school building at 115 Ash Street in the City of Buffalo and open with our first class of about 135 ninth grade students in August 2017.
At Aurora Academy we support students in their critical high school years to build their capability to persevere through challenges, reach goals, make healthy choices, and live with “school-life” balance.
The cost of applying and attending is FREE for all students. We do not enroll based on any criteria, assessment or academic record.
IF approved to become a charter school our student application process timeline would be:
If our charter school proposal is approved, the first day of classes for students will begin on or about August 7, 2017.
If approved, we will open our doors to our first ninth grade class of about 135 students in August 2017. In August 2021 we anticipate serving about 500 Buffalo high school students in grades 9-12.
Our team has toured and assessed four potential locations. As we move forward with our application process we expect to work with the developer for the former school building at 115 Ash Street, Buffalo NY.
Our school day Monday through Thursday runs from 7:15 AM (arrival and breakfast) to 3:30 PM. Fridays are early dismissal days. Friday dismissal begins 2:30 PM.
Students follow a collegiate style schedule with core courses offered in 60, 90 or 180 minute blocks offered, three times, twice, or one time per week. Electives and independent study blocks are typically offered in 30 or 45 minute blocks. Students have scheduled breaks which are supervised and structured, but intended to mirror a work day and collegiate schedule. During these down times of approximately 15 minutes, students will be empowered to use their time to manage personal, scholastic, or wellness objectives.
We have formed relationships with the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland. Students will be able to communicate through technology and web based environments with students attending an upper secondary school in Finland as well as students who are attending career/vocation programs in Finland. Teachers at the school will also have the benefit of professional development opportunities with teachers from Finland. Our students will also be able to take up to 12 credits that will count toward a college degree or a career-related certificate program while in 11th and 12th grade. Credits toward a four year teaching degree with a fifth year Masters degree opportunity will be made available at Daemen College and Niagara University. In addition, one-two year certificate programs leading to careers in advanced manufacturing, bio-medical fields, and legal assistant will be made available along with teacher assistant and teacher aid certificate programs. As partnerships expand, additional career pathways will be made available.
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