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Reaching Higher Levels of Excellence through our Diversity
 
James P.B. Duffy School #12 is diverse in many ways - in our academic offerings, in our student population, in our variety of arts and cultural activities, and in our partnership with numerous community organizations located here in the South Wedge and throughout the area.
 
AN EMPHASIS ON ACADEMICS
  • A School in Good Standing with the New York State Department of Education
  • Success For All (SFA) Reading program uses on-going assessment to accelerate student achievement; students are regrouped every 8 weeks
  • High expectations and rigorous instruction
  • Major Achievement Program (MAP) for grades 4 - 6
  • Spanish/English Dual Language enrichment program (HOLA) for grades K - 6
  • Strong Start Kindergarten early intervention program in conjunction with the University of Rochester Medical Center

FOCUS ON THE WHOLE CHILD

  • Clear school-wide procedures and policies for a safe learning environment
  • Alternatives to Suspension Program to help students make positive choices
  • Students take leadership roles and enhance our climate through extracurricular activities including the Frederick Douglass Club and our basketball team, the Mighty Ducks
  • Character Development and Anti-Bullying campaigns
  • Weekly KinderMovement program helps develop kindergarten students' gross motor skills
  • Primary Choir for grades 1-2
  • Intermediate Choir for grades 4-6
  • Bell Choir
  • Orff ensemble
  • Band
  • Strong visual arts program
  • Annual Arts/Music Festival held in January
  • Federal Music Arts School - integrated in the classrooms

STRONG PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
  • School Based Planning Team (SBPT)
  • Literacy Volunteers Reading Program
  • South Wedge community connections and support
  • Wraparound before and after-school care is available through Rochester Children's Nursery
  • Connected to South Ave. Recreation and Highland Branch Public library
  • PENCIL partnership (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning) partner Rochester Midland Corporation

COMMITMENT TO HEALTHY LIVING

  • Green School participant working towards energy efficiency
  • School/Community garden done in partnership with the South Avenue Recreation Center
  • School Health Index and Healthy Kids initiatives
  • Commitment to physical education and fitness
 
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