Educational Resources (School Finder)

Educational Opportunities in Rochester

The education of students in kindergarten through grade 12 living in the city of Rochester is the primary responsibility of the Rochester City School District (RCSD), which is governed by the Board of Education. The City of Rochester government provides funding to the RCSD, but has no oversight of the school district. 

Despite this lack of direct oversight, Mayor Lovely A. Warren is committed to ensuring all children living in the city have access to a quality education. This Educational Resource page is intended to help parents learn more about educational opportunities in Rochester to find the best school for their child or children.

Rochester City School District

Rochester city students are exposed to a liberal arts education early on – attaining basic skills in math, reading, writing, spelling, geography, music, science, and physical education among other important subjects. School profiles can be found on the RCSD website.

Registration for children entering the Rochester City School District can be accomplished at the district’s Office of Student Placement and Equity, located at 131 W. Broad Street. Registration forms can be found on the RCSD website.

The Rochester City School District (RCSD) is split into Northeast, Northwest, and South zones. Make sure you know where your child's Home School is by checking the directory on the RCSD website.

If you have further questions, the Office of Student Equity and Placement can be reached at (585) 262-8241.

Pre-Kindergarten (Universal Pre-K)

Pre-K education has been credited with substantial gains in learning and development in children. Children that went through Pre-K education are less likely to be held back a grade and are more likely to land a job and make money in the future.

Perhaps you would like to enroll your child in Pre-K but aren’t sure where to start or if they are eligible. The RCSD website has what you need.     

Charter Schools

Rochester charter schools are free public schools for children in grades K-12. There are no tests or entrance fees and charter schools accept students who need extra help in school, have IEPs, and are English language learners. Through the website,, parents and caregivers can learn about school locations, grade levels, and academic and extracurricular offerings. Families can apply to all 12 charter schools in 19 locations through the online application system.

Information for individual Charter schools can be found below, by visiting the GoodSchoolsRoc website or by calling the GoodSchoolsRoc Helpline at (585) 491-9777.


Academy of Health Sciences Charter School

Academy of Health Sciences Charter School is a free, public school opening on August 19, 2019, at 1001 Lake Ave. Beginning with 5th grade and adding a grade level every year, students will engage in health sciences themed curriculum that ensures mastery in English language arts, math, science, social studies, technology, and more. All students including students with special needs and those learning English will receive a highly effective educational program that gives children the tools to succeed in life, health science careers, and at any college that they choose! 

Academy of Health Sciences Charter School
(Grade 5-6, expanding to grade 8)
1001 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604


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Discovery Charter School

DCS provides high-quality education in a safe and supportive learning community for students and families, empowers students with diverse talents, delivers a rigorous and culturally relevant instruction, and fosters creativity, inquiry and strong character development. At Discovery, all children are inspired and able to reach their full potential.

Discovery Charter School     
133 Hoover Drive
Rochester, NY 14615
(585) 342-4032


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Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School

Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School provides innovative teaching methods to meet the unique learning styles of every student. The school offers a dual-language program where students learn in both English and Spanish in grades K-2. Students in grades 3 – 12 continue to study the Spanish language and culture in their Spanish class leading towards earning the Seal of Biliteracy on their diplomas. The school fosters a sense of family and parents are encouraged to be active participants in their children’s educational program. Students at the school have access to a high-quality education, regardless of socioeconomic status.

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School  

(Grades K-5) - Zimbrich Campus
27 Zimbrich St.
Rochester, NY 14621
(585) 544-6170

(Grades 6-8) - Joseph Campus
1069 Joseph Ave.
Rochester, NY 14621
(585) 691-7115

(Grades 9-12) - Kodak Tower Campus
5th Floor - Building 10
343 State St.
Rochester, NY 14650


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Exploration Elementary Charter School for Science and Technology

The Exploration approach supports all learners to become problem solvers, collaborators, and critical thinkers while instilling qualities like perseverance, and resilience. To foster excitement, a sense of inquiry and confidence, and promote academic achievement and life-long learning, Exploration balances instruction in core content areas with opportunities for students to explore, research, direct, experiment, and interact with knowledge.
Exploration Elementary Charter School for Science and Technology 

(Grades K-4, expanding to 6th Grade)
1001 Lake Ave.
Rochester, NY 14613

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Genesee Community Charter School

Genesee Community Charter School provides a rich educational experience that values intellectual rigor, respect for diversity, and community responsibility. Our local history-based and globally-connected program immerses our diverse population of children in investigation and discovery, extensively using the cultural and natural resources of our community. We nurture children's natural abilities to be reflective questioners, articulate communicators, critical thinkers, and skilled problem solvers, enabling them to reach exemplary standards.

Genesee Community Charter School 

(Grades K - 6)
657 East Ave.
Rochester, NY 
(585) 697-1960 


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Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts in Rochester

Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts provides active learning opportunities in an enriched and nurturing environment that integrates humanities and arts. Students develop skills for real life and academics through investigation, creativity, inquiry, and reflection. Language arts, science, social studies, and math are embedded in each artistic endeavor.

Renaissance Academy Charter School of the Arts
299 Kirk Rd.
Rochester, NY 14612
(585) 225-4200


Rochester Academy Charter School

Rochester Academy Charter School (RACS) is a public charter school founded in 2008 in the City of Rochester. 
RACS is a non-profit organization governed by an independent board of trustees. RACS serves students in grades K through 12 in three separate locations. RACS has provided its students with a safe learning environment and has become a unique school in the City of Rochester with high graduation rates since its first year of graduating classes. 
In 2018, RACS is tied for 1st among all district and charter high schools in Rochester for its 96% graduation rate. RACS is also ranked first among all Rochester Charter High Schools by US News.

Rochester Academy Charter School 

(Elementary School, K-2, will expand to grade 5)
Kings Highway South
Rochester, NY 14617

(Middle School 6-8)
841 Genesee Street
Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 235-4141

(High School 9-12)
1757 Latta Road
Greece, NY 14612
(585) 467-9201 


Rochester Prep


Rochester Prep provides a full K-12 pathway of schools. The mission of Rochester Prep is to prepare all students to enter and succeed in college through effort, achievement, and the content of their character.

Rochester Prep  

Rochester Preparatory Elementary School (K-4)
899 Jay Street
Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 235-0008 

Elementary School - West Campus ( K - 4)
85 Jacob Street
Rochester, NY 14621
(585) 368-5100

Elementary School #3 (K-4)
85 Jacob Street
Rochester, NY 14621
(585) 368-5100

Middle School (Grades 5-8)
630 Brooks Ave.
Rochester, NY 14619
(585) 436-8629
Middle School - West Campus (Grades 5-8)
432 Chili Ave
Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 368-5090

High School (Grades 9-12)
305 Andrew's St.
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 368-5111


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University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men's 

UPrep is a public charter school where young men come every day prepared to learn and participate in their educational experience. They know the value of their time, their relationships, and the importance of applying what they learn to meet their personal and academic goals. UPrep faculty are dedicated to teaching male learners. Education methods engage students of all levels and address different learning styles. We work with every student to achieve his potential. UPrep means you leave prepared.


University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men (Grades 7-12)
1290 Lake Avenue
Rochester, NY 14613
(585) 730-5135


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Urban Choice Charter School 

Urban Choice School's mission is to provide Rochester students with a safe, supportive, and intellectually challenging educational environment. The central philosophy is that strong student-teacher relationships are essential to student motivation, engagement, and achievement. This philosophy, in combination with authentic efforts at family involvement, and the effective teaching of a rich, rigorous, and engaging curriculum, will enable students to build a strong foundation for college and career readiness, exceed state achievement standards and defy the demographic destiny of poverty.

Urban Choice Charter School (Grades K - 8)
1020 Maple Street
Rochester, NY 14611
(585) 288-5702



Vertus High School


Vertus is a non-traditional, all-boys charter high school. It is our mission to build leaders of character. We achieve this by building strong relationships with students and families, by providing a year-round personalized academic program, by focusing on character growth, and by offering career and college planning.

Vertus Charter School
2 Austin Street
Rochester, NY 14606
(585) 747-8911


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(YWCP) offers young women from the city of Rochester the opportunity to learn in a single-gender environment, free from stereotypes, where a strong focus is placed on preparation for college enrollment and graduation. High expectations and evidence of concrete results define the student's academic experience. Educators commit to, and thrive upon, sharing effective practices within and beyond the school building. YWCP partners with families and instills in each student a sense of community, responsibility and ethics. We support students in their endeavors to achieve excellence in and out of the classroom, helping them to develop the strong voices they will need to be leaders.

Young Women’s College Prep Charter School of Rochester (Grades 7-12)
133 Hoover Drive
Rochester, NY 14615
(585) 254-0320




The Rochester City School District supports the decision by some parents to home school their children. For more information on homeschooling, including individualized homeschooling plans and whether homeschooling is the best option for you, visit this page on the RCSD site. 

Catholic Schools 

For families of the Catholic faith, Catholic school is an option. In the Monroe County region of the Diocese of Rochester there are 10 public Catholic schools with most of them servicing Pre-K through 6th grade. The Diocese also runs 6 private Catholic schools in Rochester. You do not have to be Catholic to attend. 

For more information regarding registration and a comprehensive list of schools, visit this page.  

Transferring into a City School 

A request form must be filled out in order to initiate a transfer. Completion of the transfer request form does not guarantee a transfer will occur. Students who are suspended or currently failing academically may not be eligible for transfer. Transfers are granted based on space availability. Information on the transferring process, by individual zone, can be found below. 

Northeast Zone

Northwest Zone

South Zone   

Preparing for College

High school students should begin thinking about attending college during or after their sophomore year. The first step should be taking the SAT or ACT. 

Many two-year and four-year colleges and universities require prospective students to take the SAT, but not all require it. It costs $52.50 to take the SAT, but fee reductions and waivers are available and must be received through a school counselor. Further info about the SAT can be found on the College Board website

The ACT costs $38.00 or $54.50 if you choose to include a writing section on your test. Visit the ACT website in order to learn about fee waiver availability.  

The next step should be thinking about financial aid and scholarships.  

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Federal (FAFSA) & state financial aid (TAP), and scholarships are a great way to deal with the rising costs of tuition and they can alleviate the financial strain of loans and tuition payments. 

There are no eligibility requirements to complete a FAFSA, so don't believe the myths! Eligibility for TAP can be found on their website

It is best to apply for financial aid as soon as possible. 

Many scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement and SAT/ACT scores. These are known as merit scholarships. But there are also grants and scholarships awarded on the basis of economic need.