Secondary School Selection 2019-20

  • Secondary School Selection

    Secondary School Choice Application Deadline: March 8, 2019

New for 2019-20: Online School Choice Registration

  • All student registrations for grades 7 and 9 can now be completed online – it’s convenient, fast, and ensures your information is accurate.

    To begin, parents should identify the schools they most want their child to attend using the school selection booklets below and ranking their top five choices.  When you are ready to make a choice, an online application can be completed at

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School Selection Booklets & Registration Forms

  • Please click below to view or download the document of your choice. For your convenience, online registration is now available for all applicants for students entering grades 7 and 9.

What if I want my child to remain at their current School?

  • You do NOT complete an application if:

    7th grade applicants: If your 6th-grade student attends a school that offers 7th grade and does not want to change, you do not need to complete an application. Your child will automatically be enrolled at his or her current school.

    9th grade applicants: If your 8th-grade student attends a school that offers 9th grade and does not want to change, you do not need to complete an application. Your child will automatically be enrolled at his or her current school.

Application Schools and Additional Requirements

  • Two schools have a separate application process: School of the Arts and School Without Walls.
    Applying to School of the Arts (SOTA): Interested applicants must inquire directly with the school. Please contact the SOTA Audition Hotline at 324-3502 for application information.  If you are interested in School of the Arts, please call the school by December 14 to obtain the application if you did not receive it in the mail. Once your application is returned, the school will contact you with an audition/interview date and time. The process includes an application, interview and audition for consideration. For more information or to download an application packet, please visit the school's website.
    Applying to School Without Walls (SWW): If you are interested in School Without Walls, watch for a separate mailing explaining what you need to do to apply to this school. If you do not receive the mailing by December 18, please call the school to request the mailing and to schedule a visit and interview.
    Additionally, one school requires an additional step in the lottery process: Wilson Magnet High School.
    Applying to Joseph C. Wilson Magnet High School: Your child will need to write an original essay if Wilson is your first choice lottery school. Please call the school if you are interested in Wilson Magnet AND make Wilson your first choice on the online application. For more details, please visit the school's website.

School Compacts

  • A school compact is a one- or two-page form that outlines each 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.

    Most schools expect families to visit the school and all schools expect parents and students to sign a compact agreement with the school. You will have a much better chance of attending your first choice school if you meet these expectations.

School Choice Assistance

  • More information and assistance on the School Choice process and registrations for children entering the Rochester City School District can be accomplished at the district’s Office of Student Placement and Equity, located at 131 W. Broad Street.| Directions

    The Office of Student Equity and Placement can be reached at (585) 262-8241.
    Placement Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

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