Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Health Sciences Charter School located?

The school is located at 1140 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, New York 14209.

What is the tuition cost to attend the school?

Health Sciences, like all charter schools, is a public school and is free of charge to all students.

Please explain what a year round school means?

The school follows the Buffalo Public Schools calendar with the addition of a four-week summer session that can be used for enhancement, additional credits or credit recovery.

How long is the school day?

The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:23 p.m. Enrichment runs from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Clubs and athletics run from 3:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Is transportation provided?

City of Buffalo students receive a bus pass from the NFTA. It is the responsibility of the student to get themselves to and from school. Students from suburban areas, within 15 miles of the school, may be bused to the school by their district; Parents should check with their district dffice to confirm whether busing is provided. The school is located on the Main Street bus lines and is only one block from the Main/Utica transit station.

Do the students wear uniforms?

Yes, students wear uniforms and a dress code is enforced.

Are extracurricular activities provided?

Yes, a combination of performing arts, athletics and clubs are provided with more being planned.

How many students attend Health Sciences?

The maximum capacity of the school is 480 students enrolled in grades 9-12.

What curriculum is offered?

The core curriculum is based upon the NYS Board of Regents standards. It provides students with the opportunity to secure a NYS Regents/Advanced Regents diploma as well as a number of Advanced Placement credits. Additionally, special health-related courses have been developed for the school.

What is the internship program?

Along with classroom, workshop, and field trip experiences, Health Sciences promotes the incorporation of real work practice by its inclusion of internship opportunities in grades 11-12 at a number of local healthcare facilities. Students may work in research laboratories, in hospitals or nursing homes, physical therapy practices, outpatient clinics or facilities planning departments. The range of placements reflects the range of interests of our students.

How are students chosen to attend Health Sciences?

All students including students with disabilities are welcome at Health Sciences. As a regional school, students from throughout Western New York are encouraged to apply. Should the number of applicants exceed the number of available spaces on April 2, a lottery will be held. By law, the siblings of current students are given first preference for admission.

How do we apply?

In order to be considered for admission to the Health Sciences, an application and supporting documents must be submitted to the Health Sciences office at 1140 Elliott Street, Buffalo, New York 14209. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Contact Lindsey Mannes at 888-4080 for an application or further information.

Are there openings at this time?

Yes, there are currently limited openings for grades 9-12.