Oracle's Charter Extended Five Years

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 7:18 AM EDT

By Dan Miner, Business First

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Oracle's Charter Extended Five Years

March 18, 2013 Updated Mar 18, 2013 at 7:18 AM EDT

The State University of New York board of trustees voted this week to renew the charter of Oracle Charter High School in Buffalo for another five years, the maximum allowable term.

The school first opened in 2005 in a historic mansion on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo, and has received two charter renewals since that time. About 350 students are enrolled there from grades 9-12, with class sizes of about 18 students.

"Because of our proactive involvement with students, a laser-like focus on academic achievement and a solid team of faculty and staff who work together to put the needs of our students first, we will continue to be a strong and successful educational institution for years to come," said John Ashwood, head of school.

Ninety percent of Oracle's graduating seniors over the last three years have been accepted into college. The school highlighted a number of its own programs, including:

• A summer "Freshman Academy" which helps ensure incoming freshmen are prepared to meet its academic standards.

• The presence of an instructional coach, literacy consultant and director of instruction.

• A focus on research-based writing assignments.

• NovaNet, an online instructional system that "provides flexible scheduling options and incentives for seniors."

• The Senior Success Program, which "provides weekly meetings between seniors and counselors to ensure focus on what they need as individuals to succeed."

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