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Welcome to the

Genesee Community Charter School

Our diverse-by-design school erases social and traditional academic boundaries. We embrace school integration, social justice, and strive to be active citizens in our community.

About Us

The Genesee Community Charter School - among the highest performing EL Education schools in the nation - is located on the campus of the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Genesee Community Charter School enrolls approximately 215 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. As a charter school, Genesee Community Charter School is publicly funded and there is no tuition. Enrollment is open to all city of Rochester residents, and a lottery is held in April of each year for incoming kindergarten students and for vacancies as they are available in first through fifth grades.

Genesee Community Charter School’s curriculum focuses on local history and the natural world and—as an EL Education school – students are immersed in three interdisciplinary learning expeditions each year. Classes frequently venture into the community for purposeful and rigorous field studies integral to their ongoing learning experiences. Music, visual arts, dance, and creative movement are integrated into the academic and social life at Genesee Community Charter School. The school is nationally recognized for its implementation of the EL Education model and its approach to arts integration. Since it was founded in 2001, Genesee Community Charter School has been one of the most successful K–6 schools in New York as measured by the New York State Education Department’s School Performance Index.

Mission Statement

The Genesee Community Charter School provides a rich educational experience that values intellectual rigor, respect for diversity, and community responsibility. Our local history-based and globally-connected program immerses our diverse population of children in investigation and discovery, extensively using the cultural and natural resources of our community. We nurture children’s natural abilities to be reflective questioners, articulate communicators, critical thinkers, and skilled problem solvers, enabling them to reach exemplary standards.

The Genesee Community Charter School does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, or age in the administration of any of its employment, educational programs, admissions policies, recreational, and other school-administered programs.

At-A-Glance

  • K – 6 Charter School
  • Located on the campus of the Rochester Museum & Science Center
  • A tuition-free public school chartered and funded by New York State Board of Regents
  • Located within Rochester City school District; operated independently from district
  • 215 students selected by random lottery
  • One classroom per grade level with up to 32 students
  • Two teachers and one teaching assistant per classroom are “looped” in grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5
  • Three specialists teach music, visual art, and physical expedition
  • One specialist coordinates special education services
  • One social worker provides student and family support

Klingenstein Teacher Award

EL Education National Conference in 2016

Chris Dolgos receives the Klingenstein Teacher Award at the EL Education National Conference in 2016

More GCCS Recognition and Awards

  • 6th Grade Teacher received 2016 EL Education Teaching Award
  • Former School Leader received 2015 EL Education Leadership Award
  • 2015 New York State Reward School
  • 2014 National Blue Ribbon School
  • EL Education Credentialed Mentor School
  • Partnership for 21st Century Skills Exemplar School
  • First New York State Dissemination Grant, Current Recipient
  • Federal Arts Integration Dissemination Grant
  • Exemplary reviews by New York State Education Department
  • Frequent visitors