Mission and Vision
Foster students’ individual talents and abilities in a nurturing environment of equity.
Ensure all students equitable access to a high-quality education and graduate each student as a productive member of society.
Schools and Students
55 Pre-K sites:
28 schools and
27 community-based organizations
46 Total schools:
31 elementary and 15 secondary
- 21 schools are K-6
- 9 schools are K-8
- 1 school is 6-8
- 4 schools are 7-8
- 1 school is K-12
- 2 schools are 7-12
- 8 schools are 9-12
10 Alternative Programs
School Year 2020 Enrollments
26,078 including: (as of 9/14/20)
2,142 in Pre- (includes both RCSD students enrolled in CBOs and the District as of 9/14/20)
23,936 in K – 12
Areas of Focus
Academics, Budget/Finances, Branding, COVID-19 Planning, Trauma-Informed Practices, Implicit Bias, Anti-Racism, Inclusion, Special Education, Multilingual Learners
Black or African American: 53.1%
2,326 students to 105 Private/Parochial/Urban Suburban Schools (as of 9/17/20)
6,468 students to 14 charter schools (as of 9/17/20)
Average academic class size:
K-3: 21 Students
4-6: 23 Students
7-12: 25 Students
Spanish/English Bilingual Education; Bilingual Dual Language Programs – One Way & Two Way; Transitional Bilingual Programs; English as a New Language (ENL) for English Language Learners (ELL); Newcomers Programs: Rochester International Academy; Alternative Education Programs; Adult Education Programs.
The Rochester City School District Board of Education unanimously selected Dr. Lesli Myers-Small as its Superintendent of Schools in May 2020. With almost 30 years of experience as an educator, she most recently served as Assistant Commissioner of Innovation and School Reform for the New York State Education Department.
Board of Education
The Rochester City School District Board of Education is a seven-member board elected by the citizens of Rochester to direct and oversee the operations of the school district. Board Commissioners serve four-year terms. Current members and term expiration dates are:
- Van Henri White, President, December 2021
- Cynthia Elliott, Vice President, December 2021
- Ricardo Adams, Commissioner, December 2023
- Beatriz LeBron, Commissioner, December 2023
- Amy Maloy, Commissioner, December 2023
- Willa Powell, Commissioner, December 2023
- William Clark, Commissioner, December 2020
Number of employees: 5,769
Median teacher salary: $64,767
Median # years teacher experience: 13
Budget, Salaries, and Per Pupil
2020 – 21 Per Pupil Cost
$26,808 Based on all Funds
2020-21 True Tax Rate:
2020 – 21 Adopted Budget
Expenditure Summary All Funds $927,587,824
Fixed Obligations: $189,631,130- 20.4%
Benefits: $178,060,510- 19.2%
Debt Service: $82,238,315- 8.9%
Other*: $127,939,120- 13.8%
(*Other includes variable expenses, facilities, cashcapital, technology, deficit reduction, and contingency)
Student Achievement and Outcomes
Results from the 2019 NYS 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and math assessments show Rochester students continue to make steady progress in proficiency. The overall proficiency rate in 2019 among students 3rd through 8th grades was 13.2% in ELA, up 1.8 percentage points from 11.4% in 2018. In math, the overall proficiency rate was 13.0%, up 2.3 percentage points from 10.7% in 2018.
- The greatest year-to-year gains for ELA were seen in grades 5 and 7, with an increase of 3.9 percentage points and 4.4 percentage points respectively from 2018 to 2019.
- The greatest year-to-year gains for math were in grades 3 and 6, with an increase of 4.5 percentage points and 2.9 percentage points respectively from 2018 to 2019.
- The proficiency rate in math increased in all grades from 2018 to 2019.