School Without Walls (Rochester, New York)

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School Without Walls
480 Broadway
Rochester, New York
TypePublic high school
MottoWhere Learning Has No Limits
School districtRochester City School District
PrincipalIdonia Owens
Color(s)Black and White

School Without Walls is the name for an education institution in Rochester, New York. School Without Walls is a high school for students in grades 9-12, and is an example of an alternative school.


  • Hispanic 16.5%
  • White 24.3%
  • African American 57.0%
  • Asian 1.5%
  • Native American 0.8%

The free/reduced lunch rate is 68% of students.[1]


In 1968, students at Monroe High School presented an idea to the Principal for an alternative education program. In October 1969, teachers began helping students attain their goal. Parents, teachers and students soon joined forces. Led by Lew Marks (1932-2010), an English teacher at the school, they presented a proposal for the School Without Walls to the District Superintendent in January 1971. On February 4, 1971, the Board of Education approved the proposal that created the School Without Walls, which opened in September 1971 at 4 Elton Street, sharing space with the Visual Studies Workshop at the time.

Subsequent locations included the 5th floor of the building located at 50 West Main Street in and a floor of the building located at 400 Andrews Street, both in the city of Rochester. School Without Walls moved to its present building, the former Sears Automotive building located near Monroe High School, in 1987. The middle school was closed in 2013.

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  1. ^ "School Without Walls School, Rochester NY School Profile, Ranking, and Reviews". Retrieved 2012-08-09.

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