District News & Events

  • RFA Varsity Football Team Gets Lesson on Teamwork and Leadership from the Marine Corps

    On Wednesday, August 26th the Marine Corps Recruiting station in Albany worked with the RFA Varsity Football team during its practice at the RFA Stadium. Marine Major Mastin Robeson, commanding officer, along with 6 fellow Marines spoke to the team before setting out on the field for drills.

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  • New Teacher Boot Camp Happening this Week

    On Monday, August 25th Superintendent of Schools, Jeff Simons had the opportunity to speak to new teachers at New Teacher Boot Camp. He discussed the importance of collaboration; professional development and growth; and professional conduct. "Teaching is a collaborative profession, so you need to rely on others to help you be successful... the best teachers are the best learners. The district offers significant professional development training not only through the mentoring program, Madison-Oneida BOCES and the Teacher Center but activities that we engage you in on Superintendent's Conference Day," said Simons.

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  • District To Hold Voluntary Bus Safety Education

    The Rome City School District will be holding a Bus Safety Education Orientation for kindergarteners and parents/guardians on Tuesday, September 1st and Thursday, September 3rd from 3-5 p.m. The orientation is voluntary and will take place at the Clough/Early Childhood School - bus loop, 409 Bell Road.

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  • Staff Superintendent's Conference Days - Sept. 2-3

    Staff click on the graphic for the Superintendent's Days Conference Schedule.

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  • Gator Camp Helps Prepare Pre-K Students for Kindergarten

    Gator Camp is an early childhood initiative targeting students entering Kindergarten. It is designed around theme-based learning and introduces students to letter sounds, social skills, and pre writing through integrated sensory activities and music. The four-week camp brings students to Gansevoort two days a week to acclimate them to the school environment and day to day routine, giving them a heads up before the start of the school year.

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  • Athletic Department Encourages Three Sport Athletics

    The Rome City School District Athletic Department is launching a new program called, Three Sport Athlete. Michael Stamboly, Athletic Director for the District designed the new logo (shown on t-shirt). It represents a Triple Threat or 3 sport athlete.

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  • The Rome City School District is Full STEAM Ahead

    On August 20th Governor Andrew Cuomo visited the Mohawk Valley to announce that thousands of jobs are coming to our area and over $2 billion in private investment. "The Mohawk Valley is beginning an economic revolution around nanotechnology, and I am excited to see the region take off and thrive, both today and in the years ahead,” said Governor Cuomo. What is the Rome City School District doing to prepare students for this impact on our region?

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  • RFA 2015 Summer School Graduation

    Rome Free Academy held their Summer School Graduation on August 18 with Interim Principal Dr. Jeffrey Bryant presiding. Nine students graduated.

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Superintendent's Message

Superintendent Invites Families to Visit Schools

I ask anyone who is considering moving to the Mohawk Valley to call me for a tour of our schools, meet some of our parents and talk with some of our students. I am certain they would be impressed by what we offer, who we are and that once they've experienced Rome Schools, they'd make us their district of choice.

- Top-notch educational curriculum at all levels, including some of the finest arts, music and STEM programs anywhere.

- Graduates who are attending Ivy League Colleges and Top Ranked Public and Private Universities.

- Stories of RFA Alumni across the globe and locally doing great things at high levels of success-world class scientists, engineers, physicians, judges, Olympic and professional athletes, Successful entrepreneurs and business leaders and a Commissioner of Major League Baseball to mention a few examples.

- Partnerships with Community Organizations such as the YMCA, Jervis Library, Griffiss Institute, which offer unique programs for children and families that you, can't find elsewhere.

The best facilities, athletics and arts venues anywhere.

- A community that works together to provide for children and families

The real success story is here in Rome. Despite being one of the poorest districts in the state, The Rome City Schools and other small city district's continue to make academic progress on challenging standards, produce graduates that attend top colleges and universities including Ivy League Schools and offer exceptional programs including the Art, Music and STEM offerings and college level course work.

Rankings based on averages drown out the real story that needs to be told, underfunded small city school district's like Rome are performing well, students are beating the odds and districts like Rome are offering exceptional educational opportunities to children and families. All of this is being achieved through smart local decisions of our board and administration despite the very real fact that New York has the most disparate educational funding system in the nation.

Jeffrey P. Simons
Superintendent of Schools
Rome City School District

Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

The Rome City School District is a diverse and innovative educational community that believes through both words and actions that all students can learn and be successful. Education in the Rome City School District provides continuous academic and social growth from Pre-K to graduation, ensuring that students are life-long learners, productive citizens, and members of the global economy.
Vision Statement

All Rome City School District students will experience measurable, positive growth in their academic and social lives