District News

  • Congratulations 2015 RFA Graduates

    The 146th Rome Free Academy Commencement took place on June 27 with Principal Mark Benson presiding. More than 300 students from the class of 2015 received their diplomas in front of a packed stadium of parents, family and friends.

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  • Stokes Moving Up Ceremony

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  • District Office Summer Hours

    District Office (409 Bell Road) summer hours to start on June 29

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  • RFA Graduation Rehearsal

    Preparations are being made for the graduation this Saturday, June 27th of about 335 seniors in Rome Free Academy’s class of 2015, including a live streaming of the RFA Stadium ceremony to the Internet. The graduation ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at RFA Stadium, where an estimated crowd of more than 2,000 family members and friends is expected.

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  • 2015 RFA Graduation

    – Preparations are being made for the graduation this Saturday, June 27th of about 335 seniors in Rome Free Academy’s class of 2015, including a live streaming of the RFA Stadium ceremony to the Internet. The graduation ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at RFA Stadium, where an estimated crowd of more than 2,000 family members and friends is expected.

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  • Assemblyman Brindisi Recognizes Students for their Drawings of Famous NY Women

    Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi visited Kristin Smith’s classroom at Bellamy Elementary School on June 22nd to present third grader Alexis Thornton with a certificate.

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  • Denti, Gansevoort And Stokes No Longer Designated As Focus Schools

    The State Department of Education has removed Gansevoort, Denti and Stokes Elementary as designated Focus Schools under the New York State Growth Model Accountability System. To be removed from a Focus status, schools must make two consecutive years of progress and be above the criteria for identification. All three schools met combined Math and ELA Performance Indicators or exceeded New York State Performance Index criteria and 2013-14 target for all subgroups.

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  • Strough Student Recognized for his Essay by Governor

    On June 10th Strough Middle School Principal, Tracy O’Rourke presented 7th grader, Nicholas Ferretti in front of his ELA classmates with a certificate from the Governor Cuomo for an essay that was submitted illustrating “Dr. King’s Six Principles and Steps of Nonviolence”.

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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
338-6521

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

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