Since state law authorized charter schools in 1998, eight charter schools have opened in the City of Rochester. Two — the Charter School of Science and Technology and the Rochester Leadership Academy Charter School — were closed in 2005 due to poor academic performance.
A charter high school also has opened in Ithaca and a group has proposed opening a charter elementary school in Elmira.
Here are the charter schools currently operating within the diocese, according to the state Department of Education and the websites of the individual schools:
- Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School, Joseph Avenue, Rochester grades K-3; Clifford Avenue, Rochester, grades 4-6. This school opened in 2000 with 120 students, and total enrollment is now 320. Named for a Puerto Rican educational reformer, the school features bilingual education and will be adding a seventh grade this year.
- Genesee Community Charter School, East Avenue, Rochester, grades K-6. This school opened in 2001 with 120 students, and enrollment is now 210. This school is located at the Rochester Museum and Science Center and is based on an expeditionary-learning model.
- New Roots Charter School, Rachel Carson Way, Ithaca, grades 9-11. This school opened in 2009 with 125 students and is projected to have 225 by the time it serves grades 9-12 in 2012. This school is a public high school focused on sustainability education and social justice.
- Rochester Academy Charter School, Genesee Street, Rochester, grades 7-11. This math- and science-focused college-preparatory high school opened in 2008 with 180 students and is projected to have 350 students by the time it serves grades 7-12 in 2011. It is located in the former St. Monica School.
- True North Genesee Preparatory Charter School, Jay Street, Rochester, grades K-1; True North Rochester Preparatory Charter School, grades 5-8, Brooks Avenue, Rochester. The standards-based middle school opened in 2006 with 78 students. Grades 5-8 now have 281 students and are located in the former Our Lady of Good Counsel School. The new elementary school, which will open in August 2011 in the former Holy Family School, will eventually serve grades K-4.
- University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men, Raines Park, Rochester, grades 7-8. This new all-male college-preparatory school features an expeditionary-learning model and will open in the former Nazareth Hall building on Raines Park in September 2010. Ultimately, the school will serve young men in grades 7-12.
- Urban Choice Charter School, 545 Humboldt St., Rochester, grades K-8. This charter school opened in 2005 in the former St. John the Evangelist School with 220 students in grades K-4. It now has 404 students with plans to grow into a K-12 school. Its structure is aimed at building student-teacher relationships, and it features a longer school day and extensive parent involvement.