School Details

Tapestry Charter School

65 Great Arrow Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216
(716) 204-5883
4

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-12 682 students 12 students/teacher (NY avg is 13)

Test Scores by grade

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New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Tapestry Charter School average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Tapestry Charter School average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Tapestry Charter School average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Tapestry Charter School average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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33%

New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Tapestry Charter School average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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New York State Assessments (NYSA)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in science. The results for English language arts and math are displayed on GreatSchools profiles and the science results will be added when they are released in the Fall of 2013. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
  • This school in 2014
  • Tapestry Charter School average
  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Regents Exams (RE)

In 2011-2012 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English language arts, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics and several foreign languages. The results for English language arts, math, living environment, chemistry, earth science, physics, global history and geography, and US history and government are displayed in GreatSchools profiles. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
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  • New York state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Tapestry Charter School is a charter high school in Buffalo. The principal of Tapestry Charter School is EXECUTIVE MS. JOY PEPPER and can be contacted at joyp@tapestryschool.org. 682 students attend Tapestry Charter School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 1% of the Tapestry Charter School students have "limited English proficiency." 49% of the 682 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Tapestry Charter School is 12:1. Oracle Charter School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 52% %
White, non-Hispanic 38% %
Multiracial 2% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Asian 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 49%
Limited English proficiency 1% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    High school is both progressive and regressive at the same time. The teaching methods are very innovative and effective but the behavior methods for discipline are inconsistent and do not offer avenues for positive reinforcement. It's all punishment or inconsistent enforcement of school policies. For example students get a silent lunch for talking in class but other students who might cuss out a teacher get let back in with an apology or students will rack up multiple tardies but will never have to serve a detention. The leadership of the school can be quite arrogant at times and plays favorites when it comes to student issues that arise or ignores the glaringly obvious weaknesses the school has. Most of the teachers are great but are overshadowed by an out-of-control librarian and an AmeriCorps worker who think they run the building. If the school can realize they are not immaculate and exempt from criticism because they are a charter and proactively try to find solutions to their many weaknesses they could be much better.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter was part of the first graduating high school class. She loved the school! They had a great curriculum the teachers were wonderful engaging and caring. Mrs. Cathcart is the best administrator and the students still go back to visit her and the other teachers. My daughter is now a Senior at Buffalo State College. I loved the school even through its growing pains.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a very good school my daughter seems to be fill of joy every since she started this year as a freshman of this school.The teachers are very caring and is willing to help students with any subject my daughter stays after school when she needs help with any subject..my daughter have changed she seems to be more happy...Thank You Tapestry!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Tapestery is the most welcoming school and sensitive to everybody's needs.There one on one as needed is fantastic and non judgmental.Thank you Tapestry for all you do for my granddaughter.She is now a 10th grader.Submitted by a grandmother.

  • (1 year ago)

    My children attend the elementary school. So far so good. This school has a lot to offer their students. I am noticing some diversity and other cultural programs compared to charter schools like Buffalo United Charter school that does not provide anything for their students.Tapestry is an good school. Keep up the good work.

  • (1 year ago)

    Wonderful school fantastic faculty and staff and great communication between school and parent. Could not be more pleased with my daughter's education to date.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter graduated from Tapestry High School in 2012. As a parent I was pleased with the level of communication between school and home. I also was very happy with the opportunities my daughter had for growth both personally and academically. Tapestry takes a wonderful hands-on approach to education and involves students in learning both traditionally and in unique ways. They have a way of engaging students as part of the school community and as part of the greater general community. They are a socially conscious school and they promote the good of each student as well as the student body as a whole. Teachers are engaged and seem genuinely interested in the students success and often go above and beyond what would be expected. The administration is definitely involved as part of the school team as well and they are responsive to parent inquiries. After several moves the school finally settled in a permanent location in a very accessible area of North Buffalo and the facilities are clean efficient and modernized. I would highly recommend this high school to anyone looking for a place where students truly have an opportunity to prepare for future success.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is the 4th year that I've been teaching high school science at Tapestry. Prior to my position at this school I had experience teaching in 3 other local middle and high schools as well as dozens of observations at other local area high schools. Tapestry has been by far the most impressive school I've been a part of. The administrators are very understanding and flexible and they too attend the frequent professional development sessions. My fellow teachers and I put forth a great deal of effort to support each other and we take a great deal of pride in what we accomplish with our students. We strive for excellence in every single student. And the students who come from every walk of life across the entire city all learn and grow together helping each other out and becoming more like family by the time that they graduate together. A quick write up such as this can not do justice to the magnificence of the whole learning community. Tapestry is truly a great place to be.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son is in 6th grade and this is his first year in Tapestry. The philosophy of this school really promotes creativity and independent thinking a far cry from the rote learning and focus on test prep that I've seen in a lot of other schools. There is a strong focus on community and a culture of openness trust and individuality woven into a solid academic program. Tapestry seems ideal for us.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have 3 children at Tapestry. Our eldest is in 10th grade. We are extemely impressed with education he receives - especially those taken at the end of each trimester used to be sure every student has accomplished their targeted goals. Our twins who are in k/1 class are excelling. This school is an expeditionary learning experience. Today our son (age 6) was one of the tour guides for an event at the school meant to educate politicians and parents about our charter school. He was well mannered and articulate. We are happy to take some of the credit for that but the remainder of the credit belongs to all the teachers in the school. We love Tapestry!!!!!!!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    2 of my children attend this wonderful school and I cannot say enough about the teachers the principal and the couselors. They are all dedicated hard working and great examples for our children. I feel my kids are getting a great education and having a wonderful high school experience. My daughter just left for London this morning on a school trip!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I attend the high school & since I've gone here my grades have gotten better and my bank of knowledge has grown as well

  • (5 years ago)

    great school with fantastic teachers and students!

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are great and the children are really challenged. The sense of community that the school fosters is another great thing about Tapestry.

  • (5 years ago)

    tapestry is sweet! all the techers are real nice and the students are too! plus there ain't too much homework cuz i ain't got time for all that i got a life and most kids do too duh. the techers are really cool and they really pay attention to you. plus it got college classes senior year which alot of schools don't got. tapestry is the best school in buffalo!

  • (5 years ago)

    By far the best school any of my children have ever attended both public and private. I have never experienced such a dedicated faculty a visionary leadership and a caring community. The academics are rigorous yet teachers clearly address the individual learning styles of every student. I particularly love the expeditionary learning model of education that begins in the middle school and the infusion of the arts into the entire academic program.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a parent of a junior at Tapestry I kind of feel bad for sending my son there. With a school connected with the Bill Gates Foundation I thought it would be better. He's stuck in the basement sharing a locker. They have a couple books. Come on Bill Gates. Give Tapestry Charter High School a home.

  • (6 years ago)

    Hi I am the parent of a 1st yr high school student . So far I am very pleased to have my child and my family as a part of Tapestry school . Thank you to the staff for caring for the childern of Buffalo and there education.

  • (7 years ago)

    It's our first year at the school and I continue to be impressed with the depth of learning. As an example I was admiring my son's painting and I was asking about it. 'What's this? A stream?' 'Oh mom it's a river like the one in the Rousseau we were learning about.' He was 5 when he was learning this! The emphasis on the arts is so welcome and such a great base for all other branches of learning. A great place.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is hard to get in to but once your child does you wont be disappointed from the programs to the staff your children are treated as part of the family no hanky panky behind the scenes. everyone is respected including the children I think this is a wonderful school my daughter just loves it. i'm very pleased with everyone at this school administration is just great not what i found to be true at other charter schools constant learning and embracement of my childs background as an african american

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