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Welcome to the Office of Student Placement and Equity 
Secondary School Choice Application deadline: February 3, 2017*
Elementary School Choice Application deadline: March 3, 2017
 *Two high schools have a separate school selection process and are not part of the lottery:
School of the Arts
Grades 7-12 Deadline: December 16, 2016
Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School 
Grades 9-12 Deadline: January 20, 2017
The School Selection Process At A Glance
Step 1: Learn about your school options
2017-18 School Selection Booklets are now available online and were mailed home to families in November/December 2016. Elementary and Secondary booklets offer an overview of all school choice options for next September.
Families of a child entering Kindergarten are encouraged to explore school options for their child at the RCSD School Expo and can receive registration assistance at the Pre-K & Kindergarten Registration Fair this winter/spring.
In addition to the RCSD School Expo, families with a child entering 7th and 9th grade are invited to Secondary Recruitment events scheduled at each high school. These events provide an opportunity to take a tour and find out more about each school's unique offerings.
Families may also contact the Office of Student Placement & Equity to speak to a School Selection Specialist at any time.
Step 2: Rank your school selections 
Talk with your child and rank each school offering based on their interests and each school's unique features. Visiting a school during the School Expo or arranging an in-school visit could help you make the most informed choice.
Step 3: Gather the documents you need / Complete the compact and interview expectations 
Kindergarten: Before applying, please be sure you have the proper documents needed for registration before visiting the Student Placement Office to register.
7th and 9th grade: A School Compact is a one- or two-page form that outlines each high school’s expectations and requirements. Typical points addressed in compacts include adherence to the District’s Code of Conduct; academic expectations; special orientation or learning time requirement; and school policies, such as cell phone rules or dress code. While compacts are not legal requirements, students and parents are expected to understand and agree to the school’s expectations. The compact process encourages families to visit schools and meet with administrators before making their top choices. Families who have signed a school’s compact will get preferential placement in the lottery.
All high school compacts are available at the Student Placement Office, 131 West Broad Street, (585) 262-8241.
Step 4: Apply using the proper application:  Kindergarten7th Grade | 9th Grade
Return completed applications to the Office of Student Placement & Equity before the deadline:
Secondary School Choice Application deadline: February 3, 2017
Elementary School Choice Application deadline: March 3, 2017
When applying for Kindergarten, please be sure you have the proper documents needed for registration (see step 3) and visit Student Placement to complete your enrollment prior to the deadline. 
Common Questions about the Process
When will I be notified? You will be notified of your Kindergarten, 7th, or 9th-grade placement in May. High school students accepted by application schools can choose admission to that school or enroll in their lottery placement school.
Does my child qualify for immediate placement for Kindergarten? There are two ways your child can qualify for immediate placement in a school you want for Kindergarten.
  • You live within a half-mile of your neighborhood school
  • You have a sibling attending a school in your zone
Even if your child qualifies for immediate Kindergarten placement, you must apply by March 3, 2017, to be assured an immediate placement seat. If your child regularly attends a District Pre-K program, the lottery is designed to give you preference at that school. The school must be in your zone and selected as your first choice.   
What happens if I don't participate in the school choice lottery or miss the deadline? Students who do not participate in the School Choice Lottery by the deadline will be placed in a school where space is available after the selection process is complete. 

Explore. Interact. Decide. 
Speak to a School
Selection Specialist
Student Placement & Equity
131 W. Broad Street
Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Attend the
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Sibley Building
228 E. Main Street,
1st and 2nd floors
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Attend the
Pre-K & Kindergarten
Registration Fair
Saturday, February 4, 2017
131 West Broad Street,
Room 3A/B 3rd Floor 
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Learn about school performance at: data.nysed.gov
Type the name of any school you are interested in for complete report card information.

Pre-Kindergarten for 3 and 4 year olds
Parents of children who turn three or four years old after December 1st should take advantage of our free, full-day Pre-K programs. Pre-K helps your child develop the language and social skills they need to do well in school. Classes are available across the city in District schools and community organizations. For Pre-K locations and more information, please visit our PreK website.

Welcome to the Office of Student Placement and Equity  

Placement staff will assist parents with every step of the registration process. They can also provide parents with information about the schools available to their children to help them make an informed choice. Parents of children who speak a language other than English can arrange for a language assessment for their child by calling (585) 324-3220. The assessment will help determine the best placement for the student in an academic program.

All registrations for children entering the Rochester City School District can be accomplished at the Office of Student Placement and Equity, located at 131 W. Broad Street. | Contact us