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657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

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(585) 697-1960
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June 23, 2014
This school is in one word, magic! My son just graduated, and my daughter will be a second grader this August. "Friends" as students are called are encouraged to think freely and form their own conclusions while learning in a very unconventional way. The unconventional style of learning is what makes this school a great fit for students at all academic levels. Engaging and structured, GCCS is the perfect place for students who need structure and creative stimulation. The art room, dance studio and music room allow students to spend plenty of time exploring their artistic abilities, while connecting their expeditions (lessons) to art, music and physical movement. My children LOVE school. Every day is a whole new adventure. This school really does work hard to meet their students' individual needs. I had a child who was two full school years behind, who is not excelling and I give credit to his determination, and the patience and commitment of GCCS staff. My daughter was reading in Kindergarten! If you want to be part of a school and community that believes in the importance of the arts, learning outside of the classroom and academic excellence, GCCS is for you!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2013
I am part of the GCCS class of 2013, and I am so thankful for this school. It has shaped me into a wonderful young adult through it's wonderful curriculum, and style of teaching. You will be so happy with this school, and it's a wonderful enviroment for one to grow and learn in.

- submitted by a community member
October 29, 2012
GCCS continues to provide my child with a great education. They use the community as a learning environment and teach in a way that makes my child WANT to learn.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2012
I am thankful for our wonderful school every single day. Dr. Wing and the entire staff believe in these children! Children here preserve their innate love of learning. It is miraculous to witness. Thank goodness for GCCS, Dr. Wing, and NY Regents. An amazing public school!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2012
Daughter: 3rd Son: K Highlights: -teachers who lead by example -consistent use of "therapeutic" language ("I" messages and feeling statements) -respect for everyone earned and expected -a music/arts/drama program, highlighted every Wed in community circle, that will bring tears to your eyes with its excellence -my daughter was offered free after school help with her reading -my son's teachers have worked individually with him and us through his behavioral challenges -once every 12 week exhibition nights which highlight student work -meaningful parent volunteer opportunities -2 years with same teachers is a ++ -3 instructors/30 students per class -10+ field studies offered/year -meaningful, relevant, local history curriculum -I watched my daughter be a docent at the RMSC where she exhibited poise and confidence speaking to guests of the museum (one of the parent visitors commented to me, "How old is she? What school does she go to? I am extremely impressed, and I am a teacher too!") -I feel genuinely welcome each time I step foot in the door -I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!! Criticism: -there should be more schools like GCCS available in the city of Rochester!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
It's a great community. Teachers, parents, kids & staff are

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
The teachers integrate the arts with their core curriculum maximizing learning potential for every student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
I love Genesee Community Charter School because the hands-on learning techniques are complemented by school design principles that are consistently applied in every classroom and every grade. The dedication of the teachers and staff cannot be matched. The school has contributed greatly to the City of Rochester by direct student involvement in projects such as the rewatering of the canal aqueduct and the planning of ARTWALK 2.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2009
The teachers make learning fun, and they teach the students to think for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Awesome school!!!! Warm family enviroment.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
As Grandparents, my husband, Carl, and I were very pleased with the education our granddaughter received at GCCS. She and her sister just spoke to a large congregation for our 50th wedding anniversary and the poise she exhibited came as a direct result of the exposure she received at GCCS.

- submitted by a community member
October 05, 2009
Outstanding learning opportunities for students.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 05, 2009
My son started Kindergarten at GCCS this September. Now he really likes school. the learning and growth is evident almost every day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
One the the most amazing schools that makes music, art, and phys. ed. a critical and integral part of the whole chapter of study each semester. My daughter really thrived at GCCS because her ideas or suggestions were taken seriously. Instead of being told 'no it's this way', the teachers were always more than willing to say 'well, let's conduct an experiment, document our observations, and prove your theory right or wrong'. They always treated each child with respect and courtesy. I'm so sad she just graduated. I wish there were another GCCS for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
GCCS creates a very positive environment for learning. Kids are encouraged to express their ideas and are always treated with respect. They are not taught the solution to problems, but taught how to figure out the solution.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
One of a kind. Great teachers and methods. Always a great experience

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 05, 2009
GCCS has been an outstanding learning environment, with wonderful design principal for my daughter!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
My son LOVES going to school each day! The teachers are patient and loving to all the children. The students have an opportunity to see and do many things I cannot provide at home. Not only are they taught about the three R's, but they are also taught how to be good citizens, are taught manners, and learn how to work with others.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2009
When you find a school where the standards are high, the curriculum challenging and the kids still LOVE to go, you've found the perfect school. I have one child already pas through GCCS and one mroe going through now. The both LOVE school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
I love the way this school offers something for every child's learning styles. Also, the educational 'treats' aren't saved for the best and the brightest. All children are exposed to an enriched curriculum and all benefit. GCCS consistently challenges children to go above and beyond their own expectations. They emerge as confidence public speakers as a result of the practice they get sharing their in-depth field studies. They also explore issues with a sophistication many of us parents didn't experience until high school and beyond. Perhaps the best lesson they learn during their GCCS years is that all of us -- at school and in life -- are 'crew' and no one is just a 'passenger.' They take responsibility for their learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
While kids at other schools are going on one field trip per year, due to budget cuts, kids at GCCS get to go on 10 or so per year - real learning in real locations! Weekly 'community circle' gives students the chance to develop poise while performing in front of their classmates and families. This school does not worry about what kids aren't ready or able to do - it assumes they can do anything!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
The arts are an integral part of how students learn concepts. Really cements learning in a whole different way from traditional schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
This school has the benefits of excellent leadership, a strong schoolwide culture, a heavy emphasis on the arts, and teachers who believe in their students' ability to achieve.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
This is the most innovative, family oriented schools that I know of. Our local community has been blessed with the opportunity to teach children in a way that is fun, while also teaching them to be caring, committed citizens!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
It's a tremendous learning environment and encourages the kids to explore, ask questions and grown

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
I love Genesee Community Charter School because it embraces diversity, community, non-traditional learning, and our youth. Family involvement and participation is vital to it's success. Families and students are encouraged and celebrated; therefore, empowering leadership, social responsibility, and collaboration.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
GCCS' innovative, experientially-based, challenging curriculum and overall pedegogy helps kids develop critical thinking skills; encourages kids' creative, artistic sides; and helps kids be engaged citizens in their communit(ies).

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
An amazing, energetic & creative staff designs expeditions that allows kids to learn about the world around them and ask questions about their relationship to it. A tremendous experience for kids and families!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
GCCS is an exceptional place. The teachers, staff, and administrators are amazing! The Caring Community environment allows children to feel safe as they push themselves academically. We love the authentic infusion of the arts into the curriculum. We are so grateful to be a part of this incredible school.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
Expeditionary learning ROCKS! GCCS offers hands on, interactive learning, with an intense music and visual arts component. Of course, the loving teachers & caring administration just add the 'icing on the cake,' as they say.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
GCCS is an amazing place. Expeditionary learning allows each child to shine, aided and abetted by an exceptional staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
It is a great place to learn and have fun

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
I am deeply impressed by the commitment of teachers, and by the school's commitment to supporting staff development. This translates into an environment where kids love to be, and feel the genuine excitement of every teacher.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
This school makes learning fun while teaching important ideas.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2009
GCCS is the finest school that my husband and I have found in the entire Rochester, NY and Monroe County region! It rises to the top for us because of the exceptional commitment on the part of the school leader, teachers, staff and parents, as well as the kids to make it the best school it can be. The Expeditionary Learning model, community involvement and trips, hands-on, project-based work, student leadership development and arts integration have stood out. Our family is part of the GCCS 'community' and families are involved on a greater level than any other school that I have worked with or been to. Most importantly, my kids have grown so beautifully - they are more considerate, caring, articulate, critically thinking and engaged in the learning process! They have lots of friends at GCCS and they have good adult relationships too. Teaching and learning is top notch!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Great school, awesome teacher, wonderful students

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2009
This school is one of the best school in Rochester NY, in the overall test she get 100%, there are so many schools but the quality of this one is outstanding!!!! From Kindergarden to 6 grade the education is excellent and the teachers are very dicipline and dedicated to their studenst. Really one really good School.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
My son has completed K & 1st grades at this Charter. The quality of academic programs has been outstanding. My son wishes Art and PE were less structured and more free to be creative and active in. The music program and teacher is top notch. Level of parent involvement is high for some. Others doen't feel their contributions are as welcome. Safety is high. Discipline is poor - it's one size fits all. Active, bright, strong-willed children don't react well to this school's narrow repetoir of disciplinary techniques. My son finds the classroom management style to be oppressive and discouraging. The teachers and principal listen to input from parents, but don't value or apply it. There is a lack of nurturing and Positive Behavior Supports, and an emphasis on negative feedback which my son reacts poorly to. His self esteem and confidence have plumitted. We are changing schools. :(

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2007
My son is a 1st grader at GCCS and I can say that Kindergarten and 1st grade have really been a pleasure. He is excelling academically and truly feels he is part of a community. GCCS's community and expeditionary learning environment has been invaluable for him and our family. The biggest comment you'll hear from most families is how lucky we our that our children are members of this school.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2006
This school has matured into a wonderful blend of academics and the arts offering challenging curriculum that is first and foremost meaningful. I have 4 children attending currently starting when the doors first opened in 2001. I feel like I have won the lottery having them in this charter school as do many fellow parents. It's a nurturing atmosphere, yet with high expectations.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
GCCS offers a nurturing yet challenging learning environment for its students. My child has since moved on to middle school, but his experience at GCCS was wonderful. The academics is superb, and the social environment supportive.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
My daughter has been attending GCCS since it first opened its doors. She is now in the third grade and is doing very well. My daughter previously attended #33 and #36 schools and she didn't learn much there. She's learned so much more attending a charter school. I think GCCS has a great program and has so much to offer its students and their families. I only wish they were able to expand their grade levels to at least the 8th grade. K-8 would be fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
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Genesee Community Charter School
657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY  14607
(585) 697-1960
Last modified Genesee Community Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Genesee Community Charter School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top