• The Office of Student Placement and Equity
    for the Rochester City School District
    131 West Broad Street, Rochester, NY 14614, First floor
    Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Call us. A placement specialist is available to answer any of your registration questions Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.   Email placement@rcsdk12.org.   Visit us to complete your registration. Please inquire about free, convenient Parent parking!
    The School Selection Process At A Glance
    Step 1: Learn about your school options
    Elementary and Secondary booklets offer an overview of all school choice options for next September. View 2017-18 booklets and applications for:
    Families may contact the Office of Student Placement & Equity to speak to a School Selection Specialist at any time to begin registration.
    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 by 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 
    Pre-Kindergarten (ages 3 & 4): Before applying, please visit our Pre-K website for a current booklet and more information about program locations. Be sure you have the proper documents needed for registration before visiting the Student Placement Office to register.
    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.
    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.

    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.
    What if we speak another language other than English at home?  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.
    Learn about school performance at: data.nysed.gov
    Type the name of any school you are interested in for complete report card information.

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    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. 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