The federal government has awarded the Charter School for Applied Technologies a three-year $575,700 grant to expand elementary school counseling.
The grant will support the addition of two school counselors, training costs, and maintaining an early intervention program. It will be used over a three-year period to help the school’s 862 K-5 students through evidence-based strategies, aimed at increasing academic achievement, school safety and decrease problem behavior while promoting a positive school culture.
“These federal funds are essential to CSAT designing a behavior system that works for everyone: staff, students and our families,” said Superintendent J. Efrain Martinez. “Our goal is to continuously improve and sustain attendance rates and overall academic achievement. We are thankful we have the opportunity to implement this program.”
The grant was awarded by the United States Department of Education
.CSAT is the largest charter school in New York State, with 1,940 students in grades K-12, and plans to add an additional 415 students over the next five years. Over 80 percent of its students come from the City of Buffalo, with 83 percent are at or below the poverty line. CSAT boasts a 98 percent graduation rate.