Private Schools in Greater Rochester, NY
Rochesterians have dozens of options for educating their kids. This is our private / charter / alternative education highlight page.
View our Special Edition Rochester Private School Newsletter sent in November 2020.
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The Harley School
The Harley School program is highly personalized for our 500 students in Nursery-Grade 12. Our classes are student-centered and inquiry-based, an approach which can’t be replicated in large sections or within the confines of the Common Core. We feature extraordinary strengths in the arts, in STEM, in civic and global engagement, mindfulness and empathy, and education for a sustainable future. We are a diverse community that celebrates academic seriousness and intellectual playfulness, care for the world and the self, a love for learning and for life.
Harley is a college-preparatory school, and we have an extraordinary record of college admissions, but we’re actually aiming much higher. Our goal is to prepare our students to lead lives of purpose, joy and meaning; to lead lives that make our world better.
Allendale Columbia School
Allendale Columbia is a leading independent, diverse, co-ed, college prep school for students in nursery through grade 12. We have the freedom to dig deeper, so students can question more, discuss, debate, and question again. As a result, our students develop critical thinking skills and become effective problem solvers. Our faculty members use their independence and experience to connect knowledge to real-life, so our students can make more sense of the world – and their place in it. It all adds up to a different school of thought: high expectations and relevant experiences that prepare students to succeed in a globally competitive society. Learn more by visiting www.allendalecolumbia.org or contacting Admissions at 585.641.5344 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Lady of Mercy
Our Lady of Mercy School is the only college preparatory, faith-based private school exclusively for young women in grades 6 through 12 in the Rochester region. Mercy builds life-changing competence, confidence, and compassion that prepares and inspires young women to achieve the highest level of success in college, in career, and in the community. This is accomplished through Mercy’s strong academic and extra-curricular offerings and supportive advocacy of a caring faculty. In addition, Mercy students are instilled with a solid moral compass which prepares them to excel and lead within a global society. We are proud to offer $1.4 million in financial assistance to 40% of our student population. Mercy’s Class of 2017 merited over $20 million in college scholarships, and are attending nationally-renowned institutions including Boston College, Brown, Cornell, Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, MIT, Notre Dame, Yale and many other prestigious schools.
St. Lawrence School (PreK-5th Grade)Full & Half Day PreK 3 & 4
At St. Lawrence School, our students achieve academic excellence and spiritual growth through a small caring community environment with a comprehensive and rigorous educational program, including student-centered technology, art, and music, as well as after school care programs. Financial aid is available. Please call to set up a time to visit and tour our school building. Preschool Information Night is Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30 PM and Kindergarten Information Night is Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 PM. Both sessions will be held at St. Lawrence School, however, if changes in local restrictions prevent us from having in-person events, these sessions will be done online. Please contact our school office at (585) 225-3870 to let us know if you will be attending an information night. We would love for you and your child to be a part of our school community!
St. Agnes School
Looking for an exceptional Elementary School or Preschool for your child? St. Agnes School in Avon, NY educates the whole child from 3 years old to 6th grade by combining high-quality education and faith-based values while partnering with families and the community. Our small class sizes and individualized attention create a safe environment where children learn respect for others and themselves, value the importance of service, and strive for academic excellence beyond common core. For over 140 years, St. Agnes School has continued to offer education with heart and soul. Learn more by calling (585) 226 – 8500 or at www.stagnesavon.org.
St. Ambrose Academy
St. Ambrose Academy is a private, Catholic, coed, elementary school providing academic excellence for students in Preschool through grade 5. We offer Preschool programs for 3 and 4 year olds with the option of full day wraparound extended care. Our caring teachers provide experiences which enrich all aspects of a child's life: spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and intellectual. In addition to the preschool curriculum, students also receive specialized instruction in physical education and music. We invite you to contact our office to arrange for your personal tour. 585-288-0580
Archangel SchoolAuthentically Catholic, academically challenging, uncompromisingly patriotic
Archangel School is a private school with a traditional Catholic curriculum serving students from Pre-K to high school seniors. Located in the Town of Gates, Archangel School is certified by the NYS Board of Regents, but remains non-Common Core. We are very proud to maintain a low pupil to teacher ratio in our classrooms, ensuring individualized attention for our students. We are a family oriented school with teachers who are first and foremost concerned with the education of the whole child. Archangel School provides a curriculum that is academically challenging while instilling Christian values, infusing the truth and beauty of the Word of God into all aspects of student life.