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Penfield, NY
Students enrolled: 257
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2070 Five Mile Line Rd
Penfield, NY 14526

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(585) 387-3770
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September 29, 2014
I was a student here and they didn't prepare me for college. The kids who have a lot of money could get away with anything. They don't even follow their mission statement.

- submitted by a community member
October 31, 2013
So many great things are happening at Finney! The school focuses on character development as well as academics. Students are taught that there is a world in need of service, and many are actively involved in missions - locally, nationally, and internationally. The administration is top-notch, and teachers are caring and very quick to respond to emails/phone calls. Student grades are updated and posted on Powerschool so parents can always know how their child is doing, rather than wait for report cards to come out. We love Finney. It's a wonderful environment.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
If you are looking for a school with a safe environment, small class sizes, loving environment, and a place you an truly call a home away from home, this school is for you or your child. The school emulates what it means to have a community of people that really want your children to succeed in all areas. Make The Charles Finney School your child's next school!

- submitted by a teacher
October 28, 2013
My oldest son, who is a seventh grader, is in his second year at Charles Finney. He wanted to stay at public school but quickly warmed to the Finney environment. He has developed leadership qualities that were lacking in his elementary years, which I do not believe would have developed had he remained in the very large public school district where we live. I have two younger children still in the public school system, and it is a completely different feeling attending events at Finney compared to the other school (which we like, but at the beginning, middle and end of the day, must exclude all things Christian). Spiritual and heartwarming to know and experience Christianity in the school environment. All of the kids know each other from the youngest to the oldest and are very friendly to each other. My daughter, who is completing her elementary schooling this year, will be attending Finney next year, too, and has expressed that she is ready for the change. I am thankful that our community has an alternative to what has essentially become an indirectly (and sometimes directly) hostile environment to Christianity.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
Finney has been an outstanding choice for our son. I looked at a variety of private school options and did extensive research and Finney came out on top - primarily because in all of my conversations and interactions I felt that the teachers and administration were heavily vested in the personal and academic success of the children. I have not been disappointed - there is outstanding parent/teacher communication, active engagement of parent volunteers inside and outside the classroom. My son loves school and learning, as well as the social and athletic components offered.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
The classes are small for personal attention for every child. The focus of the school is on Character and moral development first.The classwork is challenging and creatively presented. Our kids have never been happier or performed so well academically. This is the best choice we have ever made for our children!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2013
The Charles Finney School has been the best decision we made for our son. He loves going to school and participating in all academic and athletics the school has to offer. The teacher and the staff are fabulous and always aware of what's happening with the children. The school is a very welcoming place for parents and families alike. Our son started going to Finney in the 8th grade and we truly wish we had enrolled him years ago. My son has grown a lot socially, academically and spiritually at Finney. Even though we do not live in the Penfield area, the distance has not been a problem for our family. Great school all around.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
Finney is a community that is supportive of students, families and its staff. Because of the small class sizes, teachers are able to spend time with their students, and genuinely care about their success both inside and outside of the classroom. The teachers make sure that the students know that their health and well-being matter to us, and we do whatever we can to help a student grow spiritually, academically, emotionally and physically. Students are taught how to interact with the world at large from a Christian worldview, and they are taught how to critically evaluate information and situations so that they can make informed decisions that remain in line with their faith.

- submitted by a teacher
March 04, 2013
There are so many positive things happening at Finney these days! My children love the atmosphere. I know my children are loved, respected and safe.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2012
The Charles Finney School has been a great place to transition our children from home-educating to a traditional school setting. We have appreciated the small class sizes, supportive teachers and Christian world view. For our family, having the Finney community partner with us in educating our sons has been a tremendous blessing. Our boys love their teachers, their friends, and their coaches. It has been a very positive experience to have our boys at The Charles Finney School.

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2011
This is our 5th year at Finney and we have seen many changes over those years, all for the better. Finney is by far the best choice we have made in parenting our kids - a safe, Christian environment where our values are upheld and promoted. The teachers are outstanding and committed to excellence in teaching academics as well as challenging our kids to live out their faith in a "real" world. The communication link between home and school is amazing, teachers respond within a day of getting any of my emails and address concerns almost immediately. The academics are challenging with an honors track added to middle school which works well for our daughter. Students bond together with bullying and fighting being non-existent.. There's a no-tolerance policy for bad behavior, yet grace is always offered with high expections on personal responsibility. This is unheard of at other schools. After getting involved and volunteering at the school, I have been able to see "behind the sceens" all the great things going on, like amazing weekly chapels and incredible PTO involvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2009
As far as a school being a Christian school , Finney is greatly disappointing. There is no integration of Christian belief with the subject matter presented in the classroom or in the textbooks chosen. They may have a convincing advertising program, but the term 'Christian world view ' should not be in any advertising because it is not presented in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2009
Our child is in 2nd year of attendance. We perceive that the new administration has brought unity, clarity of vision, purpose, order and higher standards of behavior to Finney. Community service hours (for high schoolers), uniforms have been put in place - great! New Parent-Teacher Organization is also striving for excellence. Our child has been challenged intellectually, spiritually and physically (the sports programs are overseen by a very dedicated A.D.). More opportunities for music, drama and other extra-curricular activities than at some other Christian schools. Generally feel a 'can-do' optimism in the atmosphere from all who are there.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2008
We have stuck with Finney for the last 6 years of turmoil. We have made the difficult decision to remove all of our children at the end of this school year. We were very excited when the new administrative changes were made this year however, no details have been made to parents despite our asking. The k-5 is good and then it goes down hill. There isn't any dress code, facilities are filthy and school pride is nil. Enrollment has sunk with a high turnover rate each year. The SAT's (despite earlier posting) are the lowest of all private and some public schools. This school needs to make quick drastic changes(uniforms,discipline,turnover,education) or it will be closing!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
'Ive been at finney since it was NCCS .. it started off great but that last 2 years all the administration changed and everything went down hill. The last 2 years having 3+ english teachers a year!

- submitted by a student
September 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 12, 2007
Charles Finney is the best christian school in Rochester, hands down. My children started at Northstar and transfered to Finney in highschool. It was the best decision of my life. Academiclly, they have no rivals in the area. Look at the SAT scores. Athleticlly, they are far superior. And most importantly, the staff is caring and supportive. You will not find better!

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2007
Honestly in my opinion I feel that finney is on its last leg and wont make it much longer. I went there for 4 years of highschool. The first 2 years were ok, things seemed to be some what under control. However, the administration is a huge problem. They have no backbone and do not stick by their rules or follow the student handbook. Kids can get away with anything there. As far as christian values go...well they go out the window. The students are completely hypocritical. In chapel everyone is like wohoo praise God, but when they walk out the doors they are the deviant kids who would do all the destructive pranks. I wouldnt recommend sending any student here. If you are looking to go to a private school they're are plenty of others that I would strongly suggest looking into.

- submitted by a student
May 11, 2007
Finney is a tremendous school despite what others have said. In the Rochester area it really has no rival. Finney has achieved great things like back to back state championships. Its really the best of both worlds here, with private schools and public schools.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2007
Our children have attended this school thru the changes, unfortunately the changes keep coming. The dress code has all but been eliminated. They have revamped the music dept. but art in the grade school is in need of help. This is a good school if your child wants to play a varsity sport as it is small enough; that isn't as important to us. Communication has always been an issue. The web site is not up to date- the news letter comes out in the middle of the month- no one seems to know what is going on. There is a big division still between the 3 sections of school no school unity.Christian values are present but it is an affordable alternative to public school.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
The school has gone through a few changes, new administration, faculty turnover in some departments. I have to say the math and history departments are solid. Science seems to have improved and English, the jury is still out. Chapel services are greatly improved and a joy from my understanding. Overall, I am pleased with the start of this year.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
Our children attended Finney for 4 years during the changes. It is a K-12 school. We finally made the decision to remove them this year. Despite being at the top of their class they will need help to catch up to their new peers. The administration is constantly changing rules. After paying the tuition the dress code has been changed 3x's; it's as if they don't know what to do. They cave in ti pressure from the high school students, more worried about pleasing them. The enrollment has gone way down, tuition keeps skyrocketing. Teachers are teaching the same as 25 years ago. The new method is to create a family atmosphere instead of raising academics. Age passing occurs. The admistration is very good at pacifying the parents; say one thing do another. Christian values are eroded in the high school.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2006
When my child first started in this school I ws extremely satisitfied to the point when my other child was old enough I enrolled as well. Since then administration has changed, rules are not followed, the dress code was no longer a rule, and the merging of 7 and 8th grades was a big mistake, as well as not informing parents that this was being done after a tuition committment was already agreed to. I was very disatisifed with this school both my children have since been pulled out. In addition this school is k-12 not a high school, and when my children were tested for our home district one of my children almost got left back because they were not up to my districts standards. This school was a great disaapointment to me for so much money spent.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
August 09, 2005
awesome school - great atmosphere and amazing people

- submitted by a student
August 05, 2005
I would highly recommend Charles Finney. Contrary to what this site says it is a K-12 school. The involvement of the teachers is amazing. The school offers programs comparable to public schools. They have a great music program offering chorus and band. They perform a school musical every year. The art program is very good. The sports program is great. For a school it's size. They even have football. Most of all they put God first in everything. That was very important to us in choosing a school for our child. They are encouraged to share their faith and grow in their knowledge of God. That would never happen in a public school today. The parents are encouraged to be involved. You can be involved in as little or as much as you choose.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2005
this school recently merged with a grade school and is going through some adjustment problems and appears to unsure of where it is headed. it made a stand last year by eliminating the regents diploma. this year it has eliminated the tradtion of school uniforms. as a private christian school it appears to be blending many public school ideas. christians beliefs have been compromised.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2004
Many days my son would come say 'Finney is a great school and just very different, in a good special kinda way'. He is finishing this year after 2.5-3 yrs attending, along with my 8 yr old, and as a parent, I've determined that my youngest must finish her education growth with the same moral, faith based values that my son has. The atmosphere and overall environment is tremendously rewarding. Anyone coming from there will be able to stand for their generation(s) to come and meet, to the satisfaction of society, standards that will not only impact their communities, but eternity.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
My young adults have thrived at Finney High School. Expectations on school work, good moral standings, and projecting on how you would like to achieve your goals in life are in the forefront. Many opportunities for individual attention as the student:teacher ratio is good. The Principal is ready, willing, and able to listen to your concerns and work with the family.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2003
The one kid we sent to public school was miserable. All the kids we have sent to Finney have just loved it!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
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- submitted by a parent

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Charles Finney School
2070 Five Mile Line Rd, Penfield, NY  14526
(585) 387-3770
Last modified Charles Finney School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Charles Finney School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top