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Charles Finney School

Private | K-12 | 257 students

Strong Academics with a Biblical Foundation
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $162,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $830.

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 4, 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


Posted March 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted October 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted September 1, 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 52%
Black 21% 21%
Hispanic 13% 21%
Asian 2% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Penfield School District
Webster School District
Rochester Christian School
Colleges most students attend after graduation Roberts Wesleyan College
University of Rochester
SUNY Geneseo
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Scholastic Art Awards (2013)
  • Scholastic Art Awards (2012)
  • Scholastic Art Awards (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 2:50 pm
School Leader's name
  • Michael VanLeeuwen
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Information Request Form on website
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian, Non-denominational
Fax number
  • (585) 387-3771

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College Dual Enrollment Courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Internships
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Service learning
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Orchestra
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Lego Robotics
  • Mock trial competition club
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Penfield School District
Webster School District
Rochester Christian School

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$4000 - $7000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Roberts Wesleyan College
University of Rochester
SUNY Geneseo
College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
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2070 Five Mile Line Rd
Penfield, NY 14526
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Phone: (585) 387-3770

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