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RIT-backed charter school set to open

Rochester Business Journal
August 22, 2014

A new school developed in a partnership of Uncommon Schools and Rochester Institute of Technology is slated to open its doors on Monday.

Rochester Prep Charter High School is set to launch with 45 ninth-graders and 10 faculty and staff. The school is focused on increasing the number of Rochester students who receive bachelor’s degrees from college.

 “We are incredibly excited about the opening of our high school,” said Anna Hall, chief operating officer for Uncommon Schools, a charter management organization. “It’s going to feel special for our students, a program that builds on what they’ve already learned, giving them marketable academic and personal skills that will help them succeed in college and in life.”

RIT also has committed to the partnership as a way to raise the level of discussions about urban graduation rates, President William Destler said. RIT faculty and staff will serve on an advisory board to the school, and the university is training students to serve as tutors and mentors to Rochester Prep students.

“We will step up with resources and support to help Rochester Prep High school ensure that its students not only go on to college, but graduate with a degree and the tools for a successful career,” Destler said.

(c) 2014 Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303 or e-mail service@rbj.net.


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