Private Schools in Greater Rochester, NY
Rochesterians have dozens of options for educating their kids. This is our private education highlight page. If there is a private school that we have missed, please email us to let us know, and we'll add it promptly. Thank you!
The Harley School
Founded in 1917, The Harley School is a nationally-recognized, independent school in Rochester, NY, offering an innovative and demanding college preparatory program for approximately 525 day students in Nursery (age 3) through Grade 12. Across the curriculum, faculty guide students through idea-driven exploration and problem solving, cultivating curiosity, confidence, and joy in learning. Taking a balanced approach to academic disciplines, the arts, and athletics, Harley teaches critical thinking, creativity, empathy, and civic responsibility. Harley's motto, and hope for each student, is "Become What Thou Art.”
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 Shannon Baudo at 585.641.5282 or email@example.com.
St. Ambrose Academy (formerly St. John Neumann School)
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, including specialized instruction in physical education and music, with the option of full day wraparound extended care. Additionally, we offer full day Kindergarten, flexible Before and After School Care, a new playground, hot lunch program, and extensive academic enrichment programs including F.I.R.S.T LEGO robotics teams, Odyssey of the Mind teams, Spanish, and CYO Sports. Music, Art, Technology, Physical Education and Library time is part of the K-6 comprehensive curriculum. Financial Aide is available. Explore your options and consider this affordable, neighborhood choice for your family! We invite you to contact our office to arrange for your personal tour. 585-288-0580
The Norman Howard School
Founded in 1980, The Norman Howard School (NHS) is an independent co-educational day school that offers a small, structured and supportive learning environment with full access to the general education curriculum. Our setting provides a quality education program for students with special learning needs in grades 5 – 12, including those with classifications of Learning Disability, Other Health Impairment, Speech/Language Impairment, or Autism. Candidates for admission benefit from an academic program and do not require significant behavioral and/or communication interventions. NHS is a New York State Education Department approved special education program and is accredited by the New York Association of Independent Schools. For more information please visit our website at www.normanhoward.org or contact us at 585-334-8010 ext. 302.
Nazareth ElementaryOur Address Changed. Our Academics and Faith Never Will.
Families from the City of Rochester and suburbs have long depended on Nazareth’s tradition of faith-based excellence – strong academics infused with Gospel values in a safe, nurturing environment. We welcome students of all ethnicities, faith heritages, and socio-economic backgrounds in Preschool to Grade 6.
Students are challenged to: Strive for Excellence, Make Choices Based on Christian Values, Embrace Diversity, and Be of Service to Others. The best of the NYS Standards are integrated into our challenging curriculum. Enrichment opportunities include after school clubs, tutoring, choir and banking. Learn more: call 458-3786.
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
Call (585) 225-3870 for Tour & Registration Info
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 our school and sit in on one of our classes. We would love for you and your child to be a part of our school community! Visit www.stlawrenceschool.org.
Rochester Christian School
At RCS, your child is uniquely known in a supportive Christ-centered learning environment. RCS teachers infuse faith integration into academics and practice differentiated instruction, providing each child a customized learning experience. Discover the RCS difference. Come tour the school during an upcoming open house, or contact the office to schedule a private tour today. Call 671-4910 or visit RochesterChristianSchool.org. Rochester Christian School endeavors to educate children for lives of obedience to their calling in the world as image-bearers of the triune God.