District News & Events

  • Central New York Students to Battle Their Robots on December 5th at RFA

    Middle and high school students from all across central New York will descend upon Rome Free Academy on December 5th for RFA’s Black Knight Battle VEX Robotics Competition. Approximately 20 teams will come together for a non-stop, action-packed day of competition where they will battle against each other with robots created from VEX EDR.

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  • Press Release from Rome City School District

    Today, November 24, 2015, the Rome City Police Department along with RFA Administration were made aware of a posting on social media that upon report were of concern. At the time of notification the administration determined to operate regular classes at RFA and to conduct a "Lock-Out". A lock out is a procedure that is used providing a single point of entry into and out of the building. The investigation has been conducted by the Rome Police Department and it was determined at 10:30am that RFA should resume regular operations.

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  • Cursive Writing Contest Set For 3rd and 5th Graders

    Third and fifth grade students in the Rome City School District will have the opportunity to participate in the third annual Cursive Writing Contest, which kicked off this month and will run through Friday, May 6, 2016. “Students in grades 3 and 5 can write a persuasive speech, article, or essay encouraging a change in their school, community, or world.

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  • RFA STASS students collected over 1600 cans for the Rescue Mission can and food drive

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  • Rome Free Academy Students Raise Money for Turkeys

    Mrs. Nisiewicz's Senior English classes have been discussing poverty in the United States. As a result, they decided to put a change jar out to collect money for Thanksgiving and raised $81.00! That money was used to purchase seven turkeys, which were donated to the Rome Rescue Mission.

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  • Teachable Moments at Ridge

    Third graders in Mrs. Davidson's reading class at Ridge Mills had the opportunity meet the RFA VEX Robotics club students today.

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  • Fort Joy Second Graders Perform in Fall Concert

    The Second Grade Choir at Fort Joy presented two fall concerts on November 3rd. “The students performed for the Fort Joy learning community in the afternoon and then again for family and friends in the evening,” said Music Teacher, Diane Vicik.

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  • Front of the Class Charity Helps to Provide Backpacks to Students in Need

    Backpacks and school supplies are tools essential for students to succeed in the classroom. The Rome based charity Front of the Class hoped to provide these tools to in need kids through its Meet the Need for Backpacks Program. In June, the first year program delivered 175 backpacks of schools supplies to the Rome City School District for students for the start of the school year in September.

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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

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