Westside Academy

An Alternative Junior/Senior High School

Westside Academy is an alternative junior/senior high school (grades 7-12) designed to meet the needs of students who have experienced academic, behavioral or emotional difficulties in their home districts – students who have been unsuccessful in the larger school setting. Referrals  to BOCES 2 Westside Academy come from a student’s home school district. Parents are encouraged to speak with a representative from their  child’s district for more information about the referral process.
 
The program strives to meet the academic and social needs of these students in innovative ways while maintaining high academic expectations. Staff works closely with students and their families to deal with issues such as self-esteem, depression, school phobia, anger, drug and/or alcohol abuse and family problems. Westside Academy is small enough to ensure that students receive individual attention to enhance their chances for academic success and a feeling of belonging.
 
The staff at Westside believes that developing relationships with at-risk students is the first step in helping them change their beliefs about school and learning.
 
At Westside Academy:
  • Students follow Regents-degree programming aligned with New York State standards and with the academic expectations of our Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES component districts.
  • Class sizes average 15 students per teacher, giving each of our learners extensive exposure to subject-area material and maximized interaction with their teachers.
  • Our staff of counselors, aides and behavioral assistants works with students individually to help them grow beyond at-risk behaviors, instilling them with the personal and social interactive skills required for success.
  • The unique Westside Academy atmosphere is created by staff members who use time outside of formal classroom instruction to work one-on-one with students who need extra help. Relationships are formed -- we socialize, play basketball or go for walks with students -- building the trust students need to get the greatest benefit from their learning experience.

Does our approach work? With graduation rates at 99%, our results tell us we're on the right track, and individual students tell us we're an important influence in their lives. But our real goal -- all statistics, targets and percentages notwithstanding -- is simple and direct: to show each student in our care that learning is not beyond them, and that life holds infinite opportunities.  

Visitors
All visitors must come to the main office to be signed in and provided a Westside escort. Former students are encouraged to visit! Former student visiting hours are from 11:30 a.m. - noon.

Referrals
Referrals to BOCES 2 Westside Academy come from a student’s home school  district. Parents are encouraged to speak with a representative from  their child’s district for more information about the referral process.

For more information about Westside Academy, please contact:  Westside Academy Principal Martha Willis at 585-784-8428  OR  Gail Moore Clerical / Westside Academy 1 Spartan Way (Located in Gates Chili High School) Rochester, NY 14624 Ph: (585) 784-8428 gmoore@monroe2boces.org   

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