John Walton Spencer School No. 16

John Walton Spencer School No. 16

School Information

  • John Walton Spencer School No. 16 is in the South Zone.

    This school is currently in Receivership status by the New York State Education Department. For more information about Receivership or to view the school’s improvement measures, please visit

What Every Family Should Know

  • John Walton Spencer School No. 16 is committed to our schools vision, motto and creed.

    To Create and maintain a community that shares the accountability for teaching and learning that promotes excellence and good citizenship.

    “Our School, Where Children and Learning Come First”

    I am proud to be a School 16 student.

    I have great expectations for myself.
    I accept the challenge to become the best that I can be.

    Yesterday is behind me.
    Today’s successes are now before me.
    Through hard work I will make today the very best day of all. 

    I will accept responsibility for my behavior and its results.
    I will focus on learning and encourage others to do their best.

    With my family and teachers,
    I will determine what I will become,
    For the education I receive today will make me a leader of tomorrow.

Program Features

  • Uniforms Required No
    Foreign Languages No
    English Language Learners Yes
    Honors/Enrichment Classes No
    Early Literacy Program No
    Chorus Yes
    Band/Orchestra Yes
    Instrumental Music Lessons Yes
    Sports Yes
    Step Teams No
    Extended/Expanded Day No
    Saturday School No
    On-Site After-School Care Yes
    Summer Programs No
    Business/College/Faith Partnerships Ebenezer Baptist Church, St. Stephens Episcopal Church, Southwest Ecumenical Ministries (SWEM), New Life Fellowship Church, University of Rochester, SUNY Brockport, Center for Youth, Southwest Kiwanis, Rochester Presbyterian Home, Xerox Corporation, Victor-Farmington Rotary, 19th Ward Community Association, Quad A for Kids, CET, Common Ground Health, United Healthcare, Woodward Health Center, Arnett Library, KBA Basketball Association, University of Rochester Bio-Medical Engineers Program

Unique Features

  • Located in the heart of the city’s 19 Ward, our new state of the art building is equipped with the latest technology in each classroom. In addition, we have two computer labs and students have individual chrome books.  Our school is clean and bright with new learning spaces such as our Maker Space room where students engage in Project Based learning activities.  We also have a new library that is filled with cultural responsive literature choices. We take pride in the established partnerships that support our students and families such as the Arnett Library, the Presbyterian Home, the 19th Ward Association, Common Ground Health, Foodlink, KBA Basketball Association and many more. Students participates in Terrific Kids, a student recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem, and perseverance. Our students work with their classroom teachers to establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance, or schoolwork, and are recognized for achieving their goals in a set period of time. Our staff promotes a safe school environment and supports character building through the School-Wide Positive Behavioral Support (SWPBS) program and Restorative practices. Students are excited to participate in our annual spelling bee held at the University of Rochester. John Walton Spencer School 16 has an afterschool program called Quad A for Kids. This program runs from October through May. All students in grades 1- 6 are eligible to apply. John Walton Spencer School No. 16 is a Pre-K through 6th grade site.  John Walton Spencer School No. 16’s Soaring Eagles learn and grow together as a community. Come and join our community where students and learning come first.