Mission & History

We believe that our first responsibility is to the students, parents and community members, who attend our school, use our services and interact with us.  In meeting their needs everything we do must be high quality.  We must constantly strive to use the best instructional practices, in order to provide the best education possible.  Students, parents and community members must be serviced promptly, courteously and in a fair way.  More importantly our students must have an opportunity to gain from their education.

We are responsible to our employees, the men and women who work with us within our community.  Everyone must be considered as an individual.  We must respect their dignity and recognize their merit.  They must have a sense of security in their jobs.  Assignment and workloads must be fair and adequate, and working conditions clean, orderly and safe.  We must be mindful of ways to help our families fulfill their family responsibilities.  Employees must feel free to make suggestions and complaints.  There must equal opportunity for leadership, development, and advancement for those qualified.  We must provide competent management, and their actions must be just and ethical.

We are responsible to the communities in which we live and work and to the world as well.  We must be good citizens - support good works and model a belief in supporting charities.  We must encourage civic improvements, a better understanding of ourselves and others, and our impact on our greater community.

Ultimately our most important responsibilities are to our students.  Our daily work must provide students with a sound and innovative education, a place for social and emotional growth.  We must experiment with new ideas and emerging technology.  We must take risks with the curricula.  The physical plant must continue to be cared for in a timely manner.  Risk should be taken to reflect our value and our purpose of developing a rigorous and caring environment. 

When we operate according to these principles, the students should be the beneficiaries of our work.


1992 M&T Bank's management identifies an opportunity to positively impact the community by investing in education.

1993 M &T chooses to partner with Buffalo Public School 68, one of the lowest-performing schools in Buffalo.

1994 Dr. Yvonne Minor-Ragan is appointed as principal.

1995 School 68 is renamed Westminster Community School (WCS) to reflect the new community focus of the school.

1997 WCS exceeds the district average in math and reading on the nationally standardized Terra Nova exams for the first time.

1998 WCS partners with The Teachers College Reading and Writing Project of Columbia University - over 90% of staff participates in a week-long summer workshop.

1999 M &T Bank and Westminster are featured in CNN's "Investing in Futures." 2000 Summer school program begins with a capacity enrollment of 231 and a waiting list of 58.

2001 Dr. Ragan is honored as a Citizen of the Year by The Buffalo News.

2002 Dr. Ragan is selected to participate in an international study conducted by the University at Buffalo on five female principals from around the world.

2004 The Buffalo Board of Education approves the conversion of WCS to a charter school, with the new name of Westminster Community Charter School (WCCS).

2005 An official black and white school uniform is instituted.

2006 WCCS acquires a closed local library next-door to the school and integrates it into the school.

2007 M&T Bank receives a 2007 Pathfinder Lifetime Achievement Award for Education in recognition for bridging the gap between business and education.

2008 Westminster unveils a new addition, which includes three primary classrooms, a state-of-the-art health clinic, a new main office suite, a conference room, an atrium, a safer parking lot, a community playground and a basketball court.

2009 WCCS is granted a five-year charter renewal unanimously by the New York State Education Department, the New York Board of Regents and the Buffalo Board of Education.

2010 Westminster wins President Obama's Promise Neighborhood Grant $500,000.

2011  Promise Neighborhood program implementation begins.