Westside Junior/Senior High Academy

An Alternative Junior/Senior High School

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Westside Junior/Senior High 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 Jr./Sr. High 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 Jr./Sr. High Academy believes that developing relationships with at-risk students is the first step in helping them change their beliefs about school and learning.  

The Westside Academy Approach

Two Westside Academy teachers and student
At Westside Jr./Sr. High 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 Jr./Sr. High 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.  

All visitors must come to the main office to be signed in and provided a Westside Jr./Sr. High Academy escort. 

Referrals to Monroe 2-Orleans Westside Jr./Sr. High 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 Jr./Sr. High Academy, please contact:  Westside Jr./Sr. High Academy Principal Martha L. Willis 585-617-2550 OR Clerical at 585-617-2550,  FAX 617-2590.

Westside Jr./Sr. High Academy is located at the Westview Commons building, 3635 Buffalo Road, Rochester NY 14624. 

Congratulations to our 2022 Westside Academy Graduates!

Recovery High School at Westside Academy

Recovery High School at Westside Academy is a special place where students in grades 9-12 seeking or continuing treatment for substance abuse can find the support they need to reach their full potential and achieve educational success. 
The school combines the rigorous academic classes needed to earn a NYS high school Regents diploma with Rochester Regional Health’s Adolescent Behavioral Health and Chemical Dependency clinical treatment program and ROCovery Fitness Inc.’s active lifestyle peer support. Afterschool and family programs are also an integral part of the school’s approach. The collaborative program is approved by NYSED and the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS).
Students in grades 9-12 who are at risk of, or recovering from, substance abuse may be referred by participating school districts following the established BOCES referral process. Eligible students who are committed to recovery may be evaluated and enrolled less than a week after referral.

For more information, contact Westside Jr./Sr. High Academy principal Martha Willis at 585-617-2550