• Reaching Higher Levels of Excellence through our Diversity
     
    James P.B. Duffy School #12 is diverse in many ways - in our academic offerings, in our student population, in our variety of arts and cultural activities, and in our partnership with numerous community organizations located here in the South Wedge and throughout the area.
     
    AN EMPHASIS ON ACADEMICS
    • A School in Good Standing with the New York State Department of Education
    • High expectations and rigorous instruction
    • ACE Instruction (Enrichment) for grades 3 - 6
    • Spanish/English Dual Language enrichment program (HOLA) for grades K - 6

    FOCUS ON THE WHOLE CHILD

    • Clear school-wide procedures and policies for a safe learning environment
    • Recess programs for grades K-6 with support from the GRHF
    • Alternatives to Suspension Program to help students make positive choices
    • Students take leadership roles and enhance our climate through extracurricular activities including our basketball team, the Mighty Ducks
    • Character Development and Anti-Bullying campaigns
    • Primary Choir for grades 1-2
    • Instrumental Strings Program
    • Intermediate Choir for grades 4-6
    • Bell Choir
    • Orff ensemble
    • Band
    • Strong visual arts program
    • Annual Arts/Music Festival held in January
    • Federal Music Arts School - integrated in the classrooms

    STRONG PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

    • Parent Teacher Association (PTA)
    • School Based Planning Team (SBPT)
    • Literacy Volunteers Reading Program
    • South Wedge community connections and support
    • Wraparound before and after-school care is available through Rochester Children's Nursery
    • Connected to South Ave. Recreation and Highland Branch Public library
    • PENCIL partnership (Public Education Needs Civic Involvement in Learning) partner Rochester Midland Corporation

    COMMITMENT TO HEALTHY LIVING

    • Green School participant working towards energy efficiency
    • School/Community garden done in partnership with the South Avenue Recreation Center
    • School Health Index and Healthy Kids initiatives
    • Commitment to physical education and fitness