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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-4 Rochester 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.

Safety & Security

The following video is an excerpt from the Monday, March 12, Board of Education meeting. The meeting began with Dr. Shaner requesting a moment of silence as we mourn the loss of two former students and the victims of Parkland, Florida tragedy. Dr. Shaner also talks about the district's systemic approach to safety. To view the recent communication from Dr. Shaner to the RCS community following the tragedy, please go to the Safety and Security files located under the Files and Folders tab.