To provide a quality education in a caring atmosphere for students to attain the necessary skills and knowledge to become lifelong learners and contribute to a diverse, interdependent and changing world.

Points of Pride
Points of Pride

Ensuring a world-class education by focusing resources on developing and enhancing assets which include people, innovative partnerships, state-of-the-art technology and facilities.

Points of Pride
Points of Pride

Challenging students through dynamic cultural experiences to be empowered global stewards, and inspiring them to have a positive impact on their community, country, and world.

Points of Pride
Points of Pride

Developing innovative, self-directed learners who think critically, communicate effectively, and persevere to positively impact the world.

Superintendent's Spotlight

Rochester Community Schools has designated January 17 to honor our district’s transportation personnel. Please join us in thanking our bus drivers and staff for their dedication and commitment to safely transporting our children to and from school. We are grateful for their contributions in supporting our students and families.


An important message from the Michigan Office of Retirement Services

The Michigan Supreme Court has ruled that PA 75 of 2010, which mandated members of the Michigan Public School Employees’ Retirement System contribute three percent of their compensation to the Retiree Healthcare Fund, is unconstitutional. Member contributions withheld from July 2010 until September 2012 shall be refunded to its members. ORS will notify each member, as well as each school district, of the amount to be refunded. The contributions are scheduled to be returned to the district with the January 22, 2018, school aid payment, pending the completion of contribution and interest calculations by ORS.

If you are a former RCS employee and have a new mailing or email address and qualify for the three percent Healthcare Contribution Refund, please complete the following form with your current contact information. Do not fill out this form if you are a current RCS employee. CLICK HERE FOR THE NEW CONTACT INFO FORM.

For more information and for a list of frequently asked questions provided by the Michigan Office of Retirement Services, please click on the following link. CLICK HERE FOR THE ORS 3% HEALTHCARE CONTRIBUTION REFUND FAQs


2018-19 RCS Kindergarten Information

The 2018-19 Kindergarten Process kicks off on February 21, 2018 with our "Annual Kindergarten Information Night" being held in the Stoney Creek High School auditorium, starting at 6:30 p.m.  The evening is primarily intended for first time RCS kindergarten parents or those parents who have not had a recent RCS kindergarten student.  For further information regarding incoming Kindergarten students, please visit the RCS Kindergarten webpage located under the blue Curriculum tab listed on the RCS home webpage or by visiting:  http://www.rochester.k12.mi.us/pages/79371/kindergarten.  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Weather-Related School Closing Information

Many families ask about the criteria for determining weather-related school closings, delays or early releases. The foremost factor in the decision to cancel school is student safety. Influencers can include snow accumulations, weather forecasts, road conditions, and wind chill temperatures. The district uses weather information from the AccuWeather at www.accuweather.com.

Learn more about weather-related school closing information here.


2017-18 RCS School Calendar

The RCS school calendar for the 2017-18 school year can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

2017.18 RCS School Calendar (Community Date List)

RCS Beliefs in Action

In 2013, Rochester Community Schools Superintendent, Dr. Robert Shaner, initiated a new strategic planning process called, Pride in Excellence: Strategic Planning 2020. The strategic plan guides our efforts to ensure students are college ready, career ready and life ready. In 2016, the leadership team which represents all schools and departments across the district expanded upon the strategic plan by further defining what it means to put our beliefs into action. Their work is reflected in the video, which was shown to all staff members in August 2017.

Pride in Excellence

The Rochester Community School District is part of a treasured community that is rich in tradition, where partnerships between families, schools, and businesses are integral for student success. Our mission is to provide a quality education in a caring atmosphere so all students can attain the necessary skills and knowledge to become lifelong learners and contribute to a diverse, interdependent and changing world.

With thirteen elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools and one alternative high school, nearly 15,000 students residing in the Greater Rochester area have the advantage of receiving a world-class education from Michigan’s premier school district. Programs and services include: Pre-Kindergarten classes for children, ages 3 and 4 years; comprehensive K-12 curriculum; adult education courses; special education for ages 0-26; award-winning art and music programs; before and after-school child care; and community enrichment programs.

A History of Excellence

Shaner-4Rochester Community Schools has a rich history that dates back to 1827, when townships with 50 families or more were required to have a schoolmaster. At that time, it was generally assumed that three months of schooling was reasonable. In 1889, the original school building was built at Fourth Street and Wilcox. In 1916, the first high school was built on the same site, which currently serves as the Administration Building. At present, the Rochester Community School District includes 523 acres of property encompassing 66 square miles primarily within the City of Rochester, the City of Rochester Hills, and Oakland Charter Township. The district employs approximately 1,500 staff members. "With an annual operating budget of $160 million and a skilled, caring staff, we are poised to continue the tradition of academic excellence that has been established over generations." ~Superintendent Robert Shaner, Ph.D.