Program Overview

Tapestry Charter School, grades K-4, provides its students with a robust and rigorous curriculum that is aligned to New York State Next Generation Standards and prepares students with the foundational knowledge they need for success in school and life. In addition to their core academic subjects, elementary students explore art, music, dance, wellness, physical education, library and STEAM, as well as participating in crew daily. We believe in integrating social and emotional learning and rigorous instruction with small groupings to meet the needs of all students.  Strong family partnerships are the key to everything we accomplish at Tapestry. Our diverse families are valued and integral partners in their child’s education. 

Core Curriculum


Tapestry Charter School adapts the NYS Math Modules. Our practices engage all students with a strong focus on number sense, fluency and problem solving. The modules  are used in conjunction with a guided math model that uses differentiation to meet students’ needs.  There is  a Math Specialist dedicated to K-4.  

Please check out our Grades K-4 Math Website here.


Tapestry Charter School utilizes Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study in grades K-2 for reading, writing and phonics. We adapt the NYS ELA Modules for grades 3-4. Our practices engage all students with a strong focus on foundational literacy in our primary grades and comprehension and higher order thinking in grades 3-4. We have a number of interventions and supports in place for all learners that include: Orton Gillingham practices, Heggerty Phonics, Reading Recovery, and Leveled Literacy Intervention.

Expeditionary Learning

Expeditionary Learning is an educational model that challenges students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities. This results in higher achievement and greater engagement in school. EL Education schools give students the academic and character-building skills they need to reach their potential as learners and leaders. Structures that are unique to expeditionary learning include expeditions, crew, intensives and student led conferences. For more information, visit www.ELeducation.org.

Super Subjects/Arts Program

Tapestry Charter School was founded in response to the need for a unique, arts-based program for students in the City of Buffalo. Each week students participate in physical education/wellness, dance, theatre, visual arts, music, and library. These programs are vital to address the needs of the “whole child” and continue to be an integral part of teaching and learning within the Tapestry community.

Celebrating Tapestry’s Super Subjects

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

Tapestry Charter School believes in educating and supporting the whole child. We have a school counselor devoted to K-4 and offer Gateway-Longview Counseling services onsite. Our counselor is trained in mindfulness and we have a dedicated mindfulness room for students. Each day all students engage in daily Crew sessions. These are an Expeditionary Learning structure that focuses on:  high quality work, character development and social emotional learning.

Special Education & ELL

Students who are deemed eligible and classified with a disability affecting their educational progress by the Committee on Special Education, or through Section 504 by the building based level team, will be provided support as indicated on their Individual Education Program (IEP) or 504 Plan.  As with our English Language Learners, the laws and regulations governing the provision of educational services will be followed with precision. Certified Teachers will oversee IEP implementation for special education students, and accommodate the individual learning needs of all students. General education teachers work as active team members in the service of each student’s needs in classrooms. With appropriate program modifications/accommodations and/or services, students will be expected to achieve their goals and earn a diploma in accordance with NYS Education Department regulations.

If you suspect your child may have a disability that is impeding his/her ability academically and/or social/emotionally, you may reach out directly to our Director of Special Education & 504 Coordinator, Mr. Dominic Ballachino at dominic@tapestryschool.org.