PS #353 Newcomer Academy
370 Lafayette Avenue, Buffalo 14213
Main Office: (716) 816-4345/4340 | FAX: 888-7096
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Principal: Teena M. Jones
Assistant Principal: Julie HornLearn About the Academy Experience
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The Newcomer Academy at Lafayette (NAL) is purposefully designed to meet the needs of students in grades 8th - 12th that are new to the U.S. and demonstrate beginning levels of English language proficiency. Through courses that embed literacy and language learning with content instruction in social studies, English, mathematics and science, students develop English language and literacy skills while also acquiring content skills and knowledge. With the proper scaffolds and supports, students are expected to learn standards-based content and actively participate in their learning. For students who have had interruptions or gaps in formal education (SIFE Students with Interrupted Formal Education) additional supports are provided through instructional interventions in literacy and numeracy.
The goal of the Newcomer Academy at Lafayette is to provide a welcoming and respectful environment that meets the unique linguistic, academic, and social/emotional needs of eighth- through twelfth-grade English Language Learners (ELLs) in the Buffalo Public School District (BPSD). These students typically are in their first year of instruction in a U.S. school. They are usually at the beginning levels of English proficiency and may have had limited, or interrupted, educational experiences in their native countries.
As a community, by using an intensive curriculum and research-based instructional strategies, we collaborate to promote the language and academic skills needed for success.