The School Choice Process in 3 Steps

  • Step 1: Learn about your school options

    School Profiles and Selection Booklets
    School profiles and School Section Booklets are a great place to start learning about the many unique school offerings in the Rochester City School District. Each profile offers a detailed overview of each school or program to help you decide what offering is right for your child. To view schools in the Rochester City School District, please visit the School and Program Directory.

    School Zones
    Parents registering for elementary schools need to know which school zone they live in before they fully explore school options and complete the online enrollment process. There are citywide school offerings open to all families. You can only apply for a school within your zone or a citywide offering. 

    Visit the Office of Student Equity and Placement
    Student Placement Specialists are available to work with families to discuss school options and assist with registrations. For support, please call (585) 262-8241 or visit the Office of Student Equity and Placement, 131 West Broad Street, Floor 1. The Office of Student Equity and Placement is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Registration packets, applications, school compacts, and other documentation are available for pick-up at 131 W. Broad Street.

     
    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: Apply
     
    The School Choice Application deadline is Friday, April 14, 2022.
    Students who do not participate in the School Choice Lottery will be placed in a school closest to your home where space is available after the selection process is complete.
     
    Pre-Kindergarten: Online registration is available for students entering Pre-Kindergarten in the Rochester City School District. If you are a city resident and your child turns 3 or 4 on or before December 1, you are eligible for free Pre-K. Before applying, please visit our Pre-K website for a current registration 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. Pre-K registration packets are also available for pick-up at 131 W. Broad Street.
     
    Kindergarten: Online registration is available for students entering Kindergarten in the Rochester City School District. In order to enroll your child, necessary documentation and proof of residency are required. Please view our Parent and Guardian Enrollment Guide to make sure you have the documents necessary for student enrollment.
     
    7th and 9th grades: Online registration is available for students to choose the school they want to attend for 7th and 9th grades.
     
     
    The School Choice Application deadline is Friday, April 14, 2022. Students who do not participate in the School Choice Lottery will be placed in a school closest to your home where space is available after the selection process is complete.Parents who are in need of assistance or speak a home language other than English can visit the Office of Student Equity and Placement to complete your enrollment. Registration packets, applications, school compacts, and other documentation are available for pick-up at 131 W. Broad Street.
     
     
    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 April 14, 2022, 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.   
     
    Does every student in 8th grade need to choose a new school for 9th grade?
    If your 8th-grade student attends a school that offers 9th grade and does not want to change schools, you do not need to complete an application. Your child will automatically be enrolled at their current school. If your 8th-grade student wants or needs a new school, you have a wide range of choices. Your child is eligible to attend any RCSD school that offers 9th grade, but you must complete an application to participate in the School Choice Lottery on or before April 14, 2022.
     
    What happens if I do not participate in the School Choice Lottery or miss the deadline?
    Students who do not participate in the School Choice Lottery by the deadline can be registered at the Office of Student Equity & Placement. Students who do not participate in the School Choice Lottery will be placed in a school closest to your home where space is available after the selection process is complete.
     
    What happens if my selected schools close before the 2022-23 school year?
    Occasionally, the District or the State decides that a school does not have the academic performance to remain open. Sometimes the facility is no longer adequate to meet the academic standards of the cutting-edge technology expected to be delivered to today’s students.
    • If the lottery process has not begun, you will be asked to resubmit your school choices.
    • If the lottery process is already in motion, that school will be removed from your selection, and your other rankings will move forward in order. In other words, if your first choice school closes, your second choice school becomes your first choice.

    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.

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