Five Rochester city schools to have expanded school days in 2013-2014

Posted at: 05/23/2013 9:26 AM

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Five schools in the Rochester City School District have been selected to have expanded school calendars to improve learning for students as part of the TIME (Time for Innovation Matters in Education) Collaborative.

News10NBC is told this means adding 300 hours (eight weeks) of additional learning time for students in the chosen schools.

Superintendent Bolgen Vargas said, “We have made it clear from the beginning that simply adding more time is not enough; it’s how we use the time that matters. These schools are moving forward because they have articulated a compelling plan for making the best use of every minute. They are moving forward because they have shown how more time means more opportunities to engage students and help every child learn.”

Each of the five selected schools will focus on a program that fits its student population as part of the TIME Collaborative.

Participating schools:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School No. 9:  Community based wrap-around services, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • Dr. Walter Cooper Academy School No. 10: Project-Based Learning, Healthy Lifestyle, Service Learning
  • Francis Parker School No. 23: College going culture; Rochester is our campus (partnerships with local museums and cultural institutions)
  • Mary McLeod Bethune School No. 45: Community based wrap-around services (including differentiated academic supports, counseling, and recreational programming), adult education
  • Charles Carroll School No. 46: Arts integration in partnership with local college, literacy rich project based learning experiences, healthy lifestyles

The district says it hopes to expand the schedules of five additional schools by 200 hours. We are told these schools would be in addition to Northeast College Prep and All City High which already have expanded schedules.

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