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LOCAL SCHOOLS TAKE A VARIETY OF APPROACHES

The following local schools are being considered by the state for charters that would allow them to open next September:

Tapestry Charter School, a Buffalo facility that would enroll about 100 pupils in kindergarten through grade 4. The school would blend age groups, emphasize individual learning styles and offer instruction in visual arts, dance and music.

King Center Charter School, which now offers instruction as a nonchartered facility affiliated with Buffalo's Early Childhood Center School 90. About 80 elementary-school pupils would attend school year-round and be assessed partly on audio and visual samples of their speaking and reading abilities.

South Buffalo Charter School, which would provide housing, employment, literacy and counseling services for students and their parents, and serve about 235 pupils from kindergarten through grade 4.

Though the following schools will not receive permission to open in September, the state is encouraging them to resubmit their plans and attempt to begin operations at a later date:

Information Technology School, which would emphasize computer technology and job readiness. The school would be in Orchard Park and offer instruction in kindergarten through grade 8.

Buffalo Charter School, which would be built either downtown or in the Main-LaSalle area and serve as a centerpiece for neighborhood revitalization. The school would originally have kindergarten through grade 5 and serve 550 pupils.

ASPIRE Charter School, which would provide three or four periods of daily English-language instruction for new immigrants and refugees. Located on Buffalo's West Side, it would have about 100 pupils in grades 3 through 7. The pupils would transfer to other schools after mastering English.

Academy of Buffalo Charter School, which would enroll about 400 pupils in kindergarten through grade 6.

Erie Frontier Technical Charter School, a Tonawanda-area facility that would emphasize instruction in traditional manufacturing trades. About 900 pupils would attend kindergarten through grade 8.

Bailey Charter School Academy, which would employ a "back-to-basics" approach and seek to spur revitalization of Buffalo's Lovejoy area. It would serve about 225 students in kindergarten through grade 5.

Seneca Charter School, which would be established on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation near Silver Creek. It would emphasize Native American history and culture and serve 150 pupils in kindergarten through grade 3.

Niagara Arts and Technology Charter School, which would enroll just under 250 pupils in Niagara Falls. It would include kindergarten through grade 5.

Global Concepts Academy Charter School in Blasdell, which would place a heavy emphasis on foreign-language instruction and also offer courses in horticulture. About 300 pupils would attend kindergarten through grade 6.

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