Location 657 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607
Authorizer Board of Regents
Website gccschool.org

The Genesee Community Charter School - among the highest performing EL Education schools in the nation – is located on the campus of the Rochester Museum & Science Center.

Genesee Community Charter School enrolls approximately 215 students in kindergarten through sixth grade. As a charter school, Genesee Community Charter School is publicly funded and there is no tuition. Enrollment is open to all city of Rochester residents, and a lottery is held in April of each year for incoming kindergarten students and for vacancies as they are available in first through fifth grades.

Genesee Community Charter School’s curriculum focuses on local history and the natural world and—as an EL Education school – students are immersed in three interdisciplinary learning expeditions each year. Classes frequently venture into the community for purposeful and rigorous field studies integral to their ongoing learning experiences. Music, visual arts, dance, and creative movement are integrated into the academic and social life at Genesee Community Charter School. The school is nationally recognized for its implementation of the EL Education model and its approach to arts integration. Since it was founded in 2001, Genesee Community Charter School has been one of the most successful K–6 schools in New York as measured by the New York State Education Department’s School Performance Index.


Student Population


Students of Color


English Learners


Students with Disabilities


EL Education
Arts Integration
Local History-Based Curriculum
Field Studies and Community Experts
Project-Based Learning Approach

Instructional Models

GCCS is an EL Education School and therefore focuses on project-based learning and integrating most content such as English and Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, the Arts, and some Math into 12 week units of study called “Expeditions.” Genesee Community Charter School also utilizes Deeper Learning and Instruction to challenge, engage, and empower students to be leaders of their own learning. Each classroom of 30-32 students has two co-teachers and a teaching assistant. There is one class per grade level so students generally stay together from Kindergarten through sixth grade.

Certification Requirements

Initial Certification


Freedom to design engaging, hands-on curriculum rich with fieldwork and authentic projects.
Ample materials, supplies, resources, and equipment.
Extensive opportunities for professional development on and off-site
Supports for pursuit of professional activities
Competitive salary and benefits.
Membership in the New York State Teachers’ retirement system.

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