The Path Forward
An Educational and Facilities Master Plan for the Rochester City School District
The Path Forward Plan will provide a coherent set of data and information for District decision-makers to develop timely communications for parents, families and community members. The Plan will also guide Phase 3 of the facilities modernization process, reflecting a well-constructed alignment between the educational programs serving students and the facilities needed to ensure quality spaces for twenty-first century learning. School transitions will be well communicated to staff, families, students and community residents.
The Path Forward process achieves a coherent approach through the contributions of six advisory teams:
- Educational Planning
- School Design
- Community Engagement
The plan will be organized around the work of the six teams and the input of students, staff, parents, neighborhoods, community partners and City of Rochester partners.
Why is the District engaging in the Path Forward process?
In January 2017, the Rochester City School District Board of Education requested a comprehensive analysis of enrollment trends, demographics, managed choice, feeder patterns, placement zones, neighborhood schools and regional schools. The Path Forward teams and process were developed to respond to this request.
The Path Forward Plan will be a dynamic and strategic framework to ensure coherence between educational programs in the schools, grade-level configurations, grade-level enrollments, twenty-first century school facilities and long-range planning. The Plan will be updated annually and will be used to communicate information that families and students need to be informed about high-quality schools in every neighborhood.
This year, we had a great opportunity to design a new future for our children. Building the right plan with strong schools and coherent supports for every student involved asking all the right questions:
- How do we make every school a great school?
- What do our graduates need to be prepared for future careers and success?
- How should we organize our schools, feeder patterns, academic programs, and services to reduce transitions and build coherence?