District-Wide Schools

District-wide schools/programs are schools or programs located within the Rochester Public School District that may deliver the curriculum in a different manner than neighborhood schools. District-wide schools and programs are tuition free to students. Transportation is provided to eligible students that are enrolled in a district-wide school or program.

Students are automatically assigned to their neighborhood school when enrolling at Rochester Public Schools. In order to learn about a family’s interest in attending a district-wide school/program, students must apply to attend a district-wide school. At particular grade levels there may be a waiting pool due to a greater demand of students applying than the number of spots available.

District-Wide Options

To apply, you must fill out and submit an application to the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. There are three ways in which you can do this. 

  1. Complete the form online.

  2. Print the Paper Application and mail it or drop it off at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Edison Administration Building, Second Floor, 615 7th Street SW, Rochester, MN, 55902.

  3. Fill out the form in person at the Edison Administration Building.


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District-Wide schools and programs