School Without Walls Commencement AcademyPrincipal: Coretta Bridges | Coretta.Bridges@rcsdk12.orgAssistant Principal: Lakisha Wilson | Lakisha.Wilson@RCSDK12.ORGParent Contact: Freda Miller | Freda.Miller@rcsdk12.org
Board Liaison: Willa Powell | Willa.Powell@rcsdk12.orgSchool Chief: Dr. Carmine Peluso | Carmine.Peluso@rcsdk12.orgProgram InformationStart Time: 8:00 a.m.
Dismissal Time: 3:00 p.m.Grade Level: 9-12School Without Walls is one of the oldest alternative high schools in the nation. It is a community of learners who hold each other to high standards of behavior, school culture, and academics. Learning is a lifelong endeavor in a community that supports academic excellence and social-emotional well-being. The community we use for learning and we expect
our students to do extensive community service. Additionally, students are expected to excel in rigorous academics, as well as complete performance-based assessments in all subjects leading to a Regents diploma. Seniors complete yearlong senior projects, hold public exhibitions of their work, and defend their work to a rating/review panel that includes community experts, teachers, and other students. School Without Walls courses are not recognized by NCAA. Students anticipating a Division I or Division II athletic scholarship
should take this into consideration before selecting School Without Walls.FACTSUniforms: No
Foreign Languages: Spanish
Advanced Placement (AP): English Language
Health/Wellness Center: No
Business/College/Faith Partnerships: Yes
Student-Parent School Compact
Agreement required: YesSCHOOL FEATURES
- Emphasizes critical thinking andresponsible citizenship with a focus on social justice issues.
- Practices a learner-centered interdisciplinary philosophy in which the needs and interests of students, as well as the demands of society, form the school curriculum.
- Supports graduation-by-exhibition in which students must prove, through project presentations and oral defenses, that they are competent and ready to enter college or the world of work.
- Encourages students to pursue independent study projects and collegiate classes.
- Requires students to give back to the community through 2.5 hours of volunteer service each week.
- Provides opportunities for all students to be involved in the management of the school and in the decision-making and problem-solving of important schoolwide issues.
- Requires all students to have an advisor who conducts personal student conferences every two weeks.
CAREER PATHWAY PROGRAMS
NYSED Approved CTE Programs
- Fire Science at Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
- Criminal Justice/Police at Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
- Intro to Career Pathways to Public Safety Program (Grade 11)
- Emergency Medical Services at Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
- Emergency Communications/911 at Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
- Cosmetology Program at Rochester Educational Opportunity Center
- Automotive at Edison
- Construction at Edison
- Geographic Information Systems