• District Profile
    (as of 1.10.24)

Mission and Vision

  • MISSION
    Foster students’ individual talents and abilities in a nurturing environment of equity.

    VISION
    Ensure all students equitable access to a high-quality education and graduate each student as a productive member of society.

Schools and Students

  • 52 PreK sites:
    28 schools and 24 community-based organizations

    45 Total schools:
    30 elementary, 14 secondary, 1 K-12

    • 20 schools are PreK - 6
    • 8 schools are PreK - 8
    • 2 schools are K - 8
    • 1 school is 7 - 12 
    • 1 school is 6 - 8 
    • 4 schools are 7 - 8
    • 8 schools are 9 - 12
    • 1 school is K - 12

    10 Alternative Programs

School Year 2023 Enrollments

  • 22,856 (*Beds Day enrollment PreK -12 and CBOs as of October 4, 2023)

Student Demographics

  • Black or African American: 49.1%
    Hispanic: 34.9%
    White: 8.6%
    Asian: 2.9%
    Other: 4.5%

     

Private/Parochial Schools

  • Private/Parochial/Urban Suburban Schools: 3,563 students
    Charter schools: 7,820 students

     

Class Options

  • Average academic class sizes:
    K-6: 19 Students
    7-8: 22 Students
    9-12: 22 Students

Specialized Services

  • 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.

Superintendent

  • Dr. Carmine Peluso was unanimously selected by the Board of Education as Superintendent in December 2022.  He most recently served as the Deputy Superintendent of Operations and Administration for the Rochester City School District. Prior to this role, he served as Chief of Schools since 2018, where he supervised and supported teaching, learning, operations, and leadership at a network of our schools.

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:

    • Cynthia Elliott, President, December 2025
    • Beatriz LeBron, Vice President, December 2027
    • Jacqueline Griffin, Commissioner, December 2027
    • Amy Maloy, Commissioner, December 2027
    • James Patterson, Commissioner, December 2025
    • Isaiah Santiago, Commissioner, December 2027
    • Camille Simmons, Commissioner, December 2025

Staff

  • Number of employees: 5,436
    Median teacher salary: $69,361
    Median # years teacher experience: 10.65

Budget, Salaries, and Per Pupil

  • 2023 – 2024 per pupil costs (based on the total of Pre-K 12, charter school, special education private parochial, and BOCES enrollments of 32,206) $31,915 (*based on adopted budget of $1,027,849,346 without CRRSA and ARP)

    2023-24 True Tax Rate:
    Homestead: $10.82
    Non-Homestead: $22.90

    2023 – 2024 Adopted Budget
    $1,027,849,346 (*does not include CRRSA and ARP funding)