School of Choice Lottery Deadline
February 17, 2023
Students who do not participate in the School of Choice Lottery will be placed in a school closest to your home where space is available after the selection process is complete.
Office of Student Equity and Placement
We're here to help. Placement staff are available to assist parents with every step of the process. We can also provide parents with information about the schools available to their children to help them make an informed choice.
New or returning to Rochester schools?
Students entering the RCSD for the first time must register their child with the Office of Student Equity and Placement. This process includes several registration-related forms and other acceptable documentation. If a parent chooses to enroll online for Kindergarten or Pre-Kindergarten, this one-time registration is included. After a student is registered, they will receive a student ID number and become eligible to begin the school of choice and student enrollment process.
If you live in the City of Rochester and have a child who turns 5 by December 1, you can enroll now for Kindergarten in the Rochester City School District.
Students entering Kindergarten can enroll online
via PowerSchool (one-time account creation is required) | Enroll online now
If you live in the City of Rochester and have a child who turns 3 or 4 by December 1, you can register now for Pre-K classes beginning this fall. For more information about Pre-Kindergarten programs and locations throughout the City of Rochester, please visit rocprek.org or call 585-262-8140.
Students entering Pre-Kindergarten
can register in a UPK or EPK program by enrolling online via PowerSchool (one-time account creation is required) | Enroll online now
If you choose to visit the Office of Student Placement for assistance with enrolling your child through our online process, please be sure to bring all necessary documentation.
firstname.lastname@example.orgPlacement specialists are available to assist with any student enrollment by phone or email during normal office hours.
131 West Broad Street
Rochester, NY 14614Hours: Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
What school zone do I live in?
Parents registering for Kindergarten need to know which school zone they live in to choose a school. There are citywide school offerings open to all families. You can only apply for a school within your zone or a citywide offering.The RCSD also uses School Finder, an online tool that allows a parent or guardian to enter their current street address and obtain a list of what schools are offered to them within their zone. | Visit School Finder nowThe online registration process also identifies what zone you reside in as part of the school selection process. If you need assistance, please contact the Office of Student Equity and Placement.