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Genesee Community Charter School

Charter | K-6 | 213 students

 
 

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Posted 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


Posted December 8, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted March 1, 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


Posted October 19, 2009

It's a great community. Teachers, parents, kids & staff are
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

The teachers integrate the arts with their core curriculum maximizing learning potential for every student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted October 8, 2009

The teachers make learning fun, and they teach the students to think for themselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2009

Awesome school!!!! Warm family enviroment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 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.


Posted October 5, 2009

Outstanding learning opportunities for students.


Posted October 5, 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


Posted October 5, 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


Posted October 5, 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


Posted October 5, 2009

One of a kind. Great teachers and methods. Always a great experience


Posted October 5, 2009

GCCS has been an outstanding learning environment, with wonderful design principal for my daughter!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 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


Posted October 4, 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


Posted October 4, 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


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
100%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
88%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students39%
Female38%
Male39%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English39%
Non-migrant39%

Math

All Students61%
Female54%
Male66%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White70%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English61%
Non-migrant61%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students46%
Female55%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%

Math

All Students55%
Female60%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English55%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant55%

Science

All Students93%
Female100%
Malen/a
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English93%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students70%
Female71%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English70%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant70%

Math

All Students58%
Female63%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White59%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English58%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant58%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students59%
Female28%
Male92%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant59%

Math

All Students37%
Female29%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White48%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General populationn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English37%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant37%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 1 64% 48%
Black 2 15% 19%
Hispanic 2 13% 23%
Two or more races 1 8% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2 0% 9%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 154%N/A49%
Male 146%N/A51%
Limited English proficient 20%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 226%N/A43%
Source: 1 NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 11%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 17%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

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