Strategic Plan


Our mission is to inspire, challenge, and empower all students with the knowledge and skills required to reach their full potential, to contribute to future generations, and to become involved members of a global community.

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Vision of Student Success

All students who attend Rochester Public Schools will discover their individual passions along with a strong sense of self and purpose. Students graduate equipped with the skills and qualities outlined in the Graduate Profile.

Universal Goals

Access and Equity

Make educational equity a reality by ensuring every student experiences high-quality teaching and learning in a culturally responsive environment.

Student Achievement

Provide teaching and learning environments that engage and empower students to be critical thinkers, ethical contributors, skilled communicators, effective collaborators, resilient learners and success-ready individuals.


Fulfill our commitment to students and families by meeting the expectations of the Graduate Profile, and enlist the community to share in this responsibility.

Core Beliefs

  • Quality schools offer engaging and challenging programs, caring and committed staff, collaborative and visible leaders, and instruction that considers the passion, interest, and needs of each student.
  • It is possible to increase academic achievement for each and every student. 
  • Family and community engagement and effective partnerships are essential to achieving our vision for student success.
  • Students play a critical role in their learning. 
  • It is critical to identify and understand the academic, cultural, developmental, emotional, and social needs of the student.
  • Equity is a lens through which all decisions should be made.
    • Education equity is the condition of justice, fairness, and inclusion in our systems of education so that all students have access to the opportunity to learn and develop to their fullest potential.

The Graduate Profile

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Ethical Contributor

Influences positive change in service to community. Understands one’s self and others, and demonstrates strong character and accountability.

Critical Thinker

Applies information, creative thinking, and problem solving skills to address evolving real-world issues. Seeks diverse viewpoints to identify and evaluate possible solutions. Uses data and logic to make informed and productive decisions.

Skilled Communicator

Exhibits strong reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Shows adaptability based on complexity, audience, and purpose.

Effective Collaborator

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Respects divergent thinking to engage others in thoughtful discussion. Demonstrates flexibility, empathy, compassion, and cross cultural skills when working with others toward a common purpose.

Resilient Learner

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Works hard and persists to achieve academic and career goals. Engages in reflection and accepts feedback for individual improvement and self-advocacy. Views setbacks as opportunities for growth and learning.

Success Ready Individual

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Proficient in core academics and life skills. Develops an action plan for career and life goals in order to positively contribute to society.