Welcome to our school's website.

Welcome Message From The Director

Elmwood Village Charter School began as a vision of a parent living in the Elmwood Village area of Buffalo.  She envisioned a small community school that would be able to address the individual learning needs of its students. She assembled a group of educational experts that included veteran teachers, university professors, behavioral experts, and school administrators... more>>



Application forms can be found on the Admissions, Registration and Forms TAB

All applicants for kindergarten must turn five years old by December 31st of their kindergarten year in order to be eligible for the lottery.

Elmwood Village Charter School is a public school of choice, and there is no tuition or fees required for attendance.  Admission to EVCS is done through a lottery system. In order to enter a child in the lottery, parents/guardians must submit a COMPLETED APPLICATION by March 31, 2016. The public lottery will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, 2016, at our main campus at 40 Days Park. Students who do not secure a spot in the school through the lottery are placed on a waiting list. Siblings of students who are currently enrolled at EVCS are given preference. In the event that we have more siblings applying for admission than available seats, a sibling lottery will be held before the general lottery. Once a student is admitted to EVCS, that child's place in the school is secure, and he or she will not have to go through the lottery in subsequent years. Preference for admission must also be given to Buffalo residents. Applications received after March 31th may result in a child being placed on the waiting list.  EVCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, native language, disability, or marital status of a student’s parents. 

Admissions Lottery Procedure

Kids Reading
A new student enjoying the first day of a new school year (2006).

EVCS Middle School Task Force

The Elmwood Village Charter School Renewal application was approved on December 14, 2010, in its entirety by the New York State Board of Regents! This includes our expansion plans up through 8th grade, as well as the addition of a 2nd class at every grade level.

Congratulations to our entire staff for all their hard work in making our School a special and wonderful place. The Board of Trustees would especially like to thank our Director, John Sheffield; our Curriculum Coordinator, Anne Wechsler; and our Student Services Coordinator, Ann Landrigan for all their work on our charter renewal.


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About our Facility

In September of 2012, the Elmwood Village Charter School moved into its new location at 40 Days Park.  The building was constructed in 1957 and was the home of former Buffalo Public School 36.  Elmwood Village Charter School invested 2.4 million dollars to renovate the building. The new site enabled the school to bring the elementary and middle school divisions back together under one roof, and will accommodate our expansion up through the 2013-2014 school year.  The building is situated on the beautiful and historic Days Park; has a playground; a full-size gymnasium; a modern library/media center; a full-size cafeteria; large, bright classrooms; handicap accessibility; updated office-space; pull-out rooms for special education and ESL instruction; art and music classrooms; and wireless computer access in every classroom.  The architectural firm that designed the renovations was HHL, and the general contractor for the project was BRD Construction.    



School News & Events

2016 - 2017

September 1- First Day of school

September 5 - Labor Day (No School)

September 15 - Meet the Teacher Night (5:30 to 7:15)

September 23 - 12:30 Dismissal for professional development

October 10 - Columbus Day (No School)

October 15th Annual Evening at Days Park Fundraiser (7:00 to 11:00)

October 20 - 12:30 Dismissal Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 11 - Veterans' Day (No School)

November 18 - First trimester ends

November 24 & 25- Thanksgiving holiday
(No School)

December - Applications for 2017 Lottery available

December 9 - 12:30 Dismissal for professional development

December 23 - 30 - Winter Break
(No School)

January 2 - New Year's Holiday No School

January 3 - Classes Resume

January 16 - Dr. King's Birthday (No School)

January 26 - 12:30 Dismissal for parent -teacher conferences

February 9 - Open House for prospective students (6 to 7:30pm )

February 16 - Open House for prospective students (8:30 to 10:00am )

February 20 - 21- Presidents' Day, (No School)

March 10 - Second trimester ends

March 17 - 12:30 Dismissal for professional development

March 28 - 30 - Gr 3-8 NYS ELA Assessments

March 31 - Application deadline

April 6 - Lottery (6pm in the GYM)

April 10-17 Spring Recess

May 2 - 4 - Gr 3-8 NYS Math Assessments

May 18 - 12:30 Dismissal Parent-Teacher Conferences

May 26 &29 - Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

June 16 Third trimester ends

June 23 - 12:30 Dismissal and last day of school

June 26-30 - Teacher recording days(no School)

Kid Writing
A new student enjoying the first day of a
new school year (2006).

EVCS Thanksgiving Potluck, 2006
Students making decorations for The Giving Tree
during the EVCS Thanksgiving Potluck (2006).