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Support Services

Giving every student the support they need to thrive.

Our team at Westminster values the diversity and unique contributions each student brings to their classroom and the school culture. Their comfortability with being themselves and sharing their individuality is made possible by providing an inclusive learning environment that welcomes a diverse population of learners.

Westminster puts a focus on social-emotional learning for all students and makes it a priority to nurture the growth of the whole person. Our committed staff—including three school counselors, a school social worker and a Kaleida clinic social worker—are always present and there for our students.

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Tech resources.

  • 1:1 Chromebooks
  • Google for Education
  • Use of iReady programs
  • Document cameras in every room
  • Smartboards

Special Education

Westminster’s special education program provides additional services, support, programs, specialized placements, and customized environments to ensure that all students’ educational needs are met so academic progress can be made.

We have a dedicated, certified special education teacher in every grade level to support the needs of our students. Additionally, we utilize an integrated co-teaching approach and provide a variety of related services and resource room supports. And as a public charter school, all special education services are provided to students at no additional cost to our students and families.

English as a New Language (ENL)

Buffalo’s foreign-born community is growing—and it’s wonderful to see how the diversity of our student population has become a growth opportunity for all.

Learning English as a new language (ENL) requires patience and dedication, and WCCS provides paced programming that meets ENL students where they are, starting with the NYSITELL assessment to determine English language proficiency.

Students then receive support services during their English Language Arts (ELA) class or receive more focused, small-group lessons based on their proficiency level.

Intervention Plans

Falling behind in school can impact children and teens academically and emotionally. Our team does everything we can to keep that from happening to our students, but when it does, we have a detailed plan in place to course correct.

Our team uses a multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS) to drive our intervention plans that supports students who are struggling. Westminster employs a dedicated intervention staff to provide these services in both reading and math. In addition, intervention time is built into every student’s schedule, every day.

Intervention services are intended to assist students who are at risk of not achieving the state learning standards in English Language Arts (ELA), mathematics, social studies and/or science, or who are at risk of not gaining the knowledge and skills needed to meet or exceed designated performance levels on state assessments.