Rochester International Academy
Start Time 7:30 a.m.
Dismissal Time 2:30 p.m.
1 Edgerton Park, Rochester, NY 14608
Website www.rcsdk12.org/riaPrincipalDASA Coordinator
Parent Contact (Somali, Swahili, and Arabic)
Parent Contact (Karen and Burmese)
Win Tha Da Th Oo
Parent Contact (Nepali)
Parent Content (Spanish and English)
What Every Family Should Know
The Rochester International Academy (RIA), is an award winning transitional program that has been featured by the United Nations. Established in 2011 for students who: recently arrived to the United State of America speaking a low-incidence language from all around the world speaking little to no English. RIA has many distinctive program features and is intentionally designed because our student population is so unique and diverse which is recognized and celebrated each and every day. Students at RIA are learning English to be successful scholars to have full access to college and/or career opportunities. #WeAreRIA #WeTeachTheWorld
Uniforms Required: Yes
English Language Learners: All students are English Language Learners
Honors/Enrichment Classes: Yes
Instrumental Music Lessons: Yes
Saturday School: Yes
Summer Programs: Yes
Business/College/Faith Partnerships: Yes –Saints Place, Catholic Family Center, Center for Refugee Health, Nazareth College, Warner School at The University of Rochester, Commission for Jewish Muslim Understanding, Mt. Hope Family Services, Hillside Work Scholarship
The Rochester International Academy (RIA) is designed to facilitate the cultural and academic transition of newly arrived English Language Learners through rigorous language instruction and interdisciplinary learning in collaboration with families and community.
Unique Instructional Elements:
- ENL stand-alone & integrated classes
- Simultaneous focus on language, content & social growth
- Sheltered Instructional Observation Protocol (SIOP)
- Benchmark RIGOR
- Imagine Learning Language & Literacy
- Use of L1 as instructional tool with L1 support in classes
- Weekly cultural acclimation lessons’
- Continuous assessment for flexible student placement
- Goal for all RIA students is graduation
Student Support Elements:
- Targeted staff development to support academic, social, cultural and emotional growth
- Emphasis on a trauma free and trauma informed family environment
- Early Intervention Team trained on issue of refugee & immigrant trauma that monitors social, emotional & academic progress
- Family-School conferences and events with communication in L1
- Home visits & continuous communications with families for support and assistance.
- Partnerships with a variety of community organizations that assist families new to the United States
- Our RIA Advisory Board members are from many organizations in the community who assist RIA in achieving our Mission & Vision. Our board members are from Catholic Family Center, Department of Human Services, Saints Place, Warner School at the University of Rochester, Nazareth College, Center for Refugee Health, Rochester Police Department, Senator Gellibrand’s office, Mt. Hope Family Services, along with retired educators and active community members that work with the Refugee community at large.