Rochester City School District

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Rochester City School District
Rochester City School District official logo.png
Rochester, New York
District information
Type Public
Motto Every child is a work of art. Create a masterpiece.[4]
Grades Pre-kindergarten, K-12, Incarcerated Youth High School, Adult Evening High School
Established 1841
Superintendent Barbara Deane Williams[1]
Accreditation New York State Board of Regents
Schools 60 pre-K sites
40 elementary
19 secondary
1 Montessori
1 program for young mothers
1 family/adult learning center[2]
Budget Decrease US$693.7 million (2010–2011)[3]
Students and staff
Students 32,000 children
10,000 adults[5]
Teachers 3,900 (2010–2011)[6]
Staff 300 administrators
2,300 support personnel (2010–2011)[6]
Student-teacher ratio 8.1:1 (2011)[2]
Other information
Unions NYSUT, Rochester Teachers Association

The Rochester City School District is a public school district that serves approximately 32,000 children and 10,000 adults in the city of Rochester, New York,[5] with over 6,000 employees[6] and a 2010–2011 operating budget of $693.7 million (approximately $16,500 per student).[3] The average class size ranges from 18 to 25 students.[2] Rochester City Schools consistently post below-average results when compared to the rest of New York State.[7]


The school district is run by a board of education that sets school policy and approves school spending. The board hires a superintendent under contract to carry out its policies.

Board of education[edit]

The board of education consists of seven members, elected biennially, who serve staggered four-year terms.

The current board members are:

  • Van Henri White, President
  • Cynthia Elliot, Vice President
  • Mary Adams
  • Jose Cruz
  • Malik Evans
  • Elizabeth Hallmark
  • Willa Powell
  • Ja'quez Cochran, Student Representative


The superintendent carries out board policy from the district's administrative offices on Broad Street in the city of Rochester. Beneath the superintendent are the following executives[8]

  • Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
  • Chief of School Innovation
  • Chief Strategy Officer
  • Chief of Youth Development and Family Services
  • Chief Communications Officer
  • Chief of Accountability
  • Chief of Human Capital Initiatives
  • Deputy Superintendent of Administration

All school chiefs report to the Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning.



Elementary schools[edit]

  • Martin B. Anderson School No. 1 (PreK-6), Principal - Kimberly Harris-Pappin
  • Clara Barton School No. 2 (PreK-6), Principal - Pamela Rutland
  • Nathaniel Rochester Community School No. 3 (K-8), Principal - Rodney Moore
  • George Mather Forbes School No. 4 (K-8), Principal - Karon Jackson
  • John Williams School No. 5 (PreK-8), Principal - Joanne Wideman
  • Virgil I. Grissom School No. 7 (PreK-6), Principal - David Lincoln
  • Roberto Clemente School No. 8 (PreK-8), Principal - Laurel Avery-DeToy
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School No. 9 (PreK-6), Principal - Sharon Jackson
  • Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10 (PreK-6), Principal - Camaron Clyburn
  • James P.B. Duffy School No. 12 (K-7), Principal - Jen Gkourlias
  • The Children's School of Rochester No. 15 (K-6), - Principal - Jay Piper
  • John Walton Spencer School No. 16 (PreK-8), Principal - Carla Roberts
  • Enrico Fermi School No. 17 (PreK-8), Principal - Caterina Leone-Mannino
  • Dr. Charles T. Lunsford School No. 19 (PreK-8), Principal - Margaret Brazwell
  • Henry Lomb School No. 20 (PreK-6), Principal - D'Onnarae Johnson
  • Abraham Lincoln School No. 22 (PreK-6), Principal - Clinton Bell
  • Francis Parker School No. 23 (PreK-6), Principal - John Gonzalez
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne School No. 25 (PreK-6), Principal - Deborah Lazio
  • Henry Hudson School No. 28 (K-8), Principal - Susan Ladd
  • Adlai E. Stevenson School No. 29 (PreK-6), Principal - Joe Baldino
  • John James Audubon School No. 33 (PreK-6), Principal - Larry Ellison
  • Dr. Louis A. Cerulli School No. 34 (PreK-6), Principal - Carmine Peluso
  • Pinnacle School No. 35 (K-6), Principal - Brenda Santana
  • Andrew J. Townson School No. 39 (PreK-6), Principal - Jacquelyn Cox
  • Kodak Park School No. 41 (PreK-6), Principal - Lisa Whitlow
  • Abelard Reynolds School No. 42 (PreK-6), Principal - Beverley Pringle
  • Theodore Roosevelt School No. 43 (PreK-6), Principal - Richard Smith
  • Lincoln Park School No. 44 (PreK, 1-6), Principal - Donna Gattelaro-Andersen
  • Mary McLeod Bethune School No. 45 (PreK-8), Principal - Rhonda Morien
  • Charles Carroll School No. 46 (PreK-6), Principal - T'Hani Pantoja
  • Helen Barrett Montgomery School No. 50 (PreK-8), Principal - Connie Wehner
  • Frank Fowler Dow School No. 52 (PreK-6), Principal - Mary Aronson
  • Montessori Academy School No. 53 (PreK-6), Principal - Shirley Green
  • The Flower City School No. 54 (K-6), Principal - Lessie Hamilton-Rose
  • Early Childhood School of Rochester No. 57 (PreK-2), Principal - Roshon Bradley
  • World of Inquiry School No. 58 (K-12), Principal - Sheelarani Webster
  • Joseph C. Wilson Foundation Academy (K-5, 7-8), Principal - Deasure Matthew

Secondary schools[edit]

Other Programs and Departments[edit]

  • All City High (7-12), Administrator - Armando Ramirez
  • Big Picture Learning School (9-12), Administrator - Michael Allen
  • Family Learning Center, Administrator - Paul Burke
  • Florence S. Brown PreK Center (PreK-2), Administrator - Rose Marie Urzetta
  • Homeless Students & Families Program (PreK-12), Administrator - Elizabeth Reyes
  • LyncX Academy (7-12), Administrator - Christopher Smith
  • Native American Resource Center, Administrator - Perry Ground
  • NorthSTAR, Administrator - Marcia Pease
  • Office of Parent Engagement, Administrator - Eva Thomas
  • P-TECH Rochester Pathways to Technology Program (9-10), Administrator - Anthony Smith
  • Rochester Early Childhood Education Center (PreK 3 & 4), Administrator - Lisa Traficante-Loncao
  • Rochester International Academy (4-12), Administrator - Mary Andrecolich-Diaz
  • Rochester Preschool Parent Program, Administrator - Rebecca Boyle
  • Student Equity & Placement/Language Assessment, Administrator - Karl Kania
  • Universal Prekindergarten & Early Childhood Programs (Pre-K), Administrator - Robin Hooper
  • Young Mothers & Interim Health Academy/Home Hospital Tutoring, Administrator - Anthony Robinson
  • Youth & Justice Program, Administrator - Margaret Porter


In 2007, the New York State Education Department named 14 Rochester elementary schools among the state’s “most improved” schools in English language arts and/or math. Newsweek ranked Wilson Magnet High School 49th among the nation’s top 100 high schools based on advanced curriculum.

The Children's Institute, a non-profit children’s advocacy organization, has ranked the district's pre-K program one of the best in the nation.

Configuration redesign[edit]

In 2003, a plan to redesign the grade-level configuration was approved by the board of education. It changed the district from one of elementary schools (preK–5), middle schools (6–8) and high schools (9–12) to one of elementary schools (pre-K–6) and secondary schools (7–12). The plan was implemented in stages over four years.


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  2. ^ a b c Facts & figures on Monroe County school districts, Penfield, New York: Monroe County School Boards Association, p. 32, 2011, OCLC 4891330  Missing or empty |title= (help); External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b "1", 2010-2011 Budget Book and District Profile (PDF), Rochester, New York: Rochester City School District, 2010-05-13, p. 3, retrieved 2011-05-03, On April 29, 2010, the Board of Education unanimously passed a budget of $693.7 million for the Rochester City School District for 2010-11 that focuses on the district's core work of teaching and learning. It represents a 3.1% decrease from the amended budget for 2009-10 
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  5. ^ a b "A Look Inside the RCSD". District Profile. Rochester, New York: Rochester City School District. 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03. Our schools provide a quality education for approximately 32,000 students in pre-K through grade 12 and 10,000 adults. 
  6. ^ a b c "General Information". District Profile. Rochester, New York: Rochester City School District. 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-03. Has approximately 6,500 employees, including: 3,900 teachers, 300 administrators, 2,300 support personnel 
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  8. ^ "Organization Chart" (PDF). Rochester, New York: Rochester City School District. 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-05-12. 
  9. ^ "Rochester City Schools name new Superintendent". WHEC-TV. 2007-11-14. Retrieved 2007-11-29. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Board, Brizard sign; he will begin work in January". Rochester City School District. 2007-11-30. Archived from the original on 2007-09-23. Retrieved 2007-12-01. 
  11. ^ "Bolgen Vargas Resigns as Superintendent of Rochester City School District". Tara Grimes. October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2015.  External link in |website= (help)

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