The RCS district will be closed from November 22 – 24 for the Thanksgiving break.

Normal business hours will resume on November 27.


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

Thanksgiving represents a time-honored tradition where we join with family and friends and reflect upon the many blessings we have experienced throughout the year. During this season of gratitude, we are thankful to be part of an amazing community who places such a high value on education. Please take time to relax, enjoy family, and give thanks for all the gifts we enjoy. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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.

Please click here to view the Beliefs in Action brochure

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.