Award Year: 2014

Genesee Community Charter School

657 East Avenue
Rochester, NY, 14607-2177

(585) 697-1960

Dr. Lisa A. Wing, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School

Genesee Community Charter School

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To nurture children’s natural abilities to be reflective questioners, articulate communicators, critical thinkers, and skilled problem-solvers in order to nurture young community activists.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 19%
  • White: 64%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Two or more races: 7%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Fourth grade students explore the geology of the Genesee River.

Fourth grade students explore the geology of the Genesee River.

The Genesee Community Charter School (GCCS), located on the campus of the Rochester Museum & Science Center, is a K-6 school serving a diverse population of 215 students. GCCS is an Expeditionary Learning mentor school and a Partnership for 21st Century Skills exemplar school.

A major factor that sets this school apart is its focus on the local community as its curricular lens. The program connects children deeply to the place in which they live, and forms a foundation for them to understand how social, natural, geographic, political, and economic forces shape people and places over time. Through three-month long "learning expeditions," children tackle complex content and ambitious projects that require the application of high-level skills and collaborative, quality work. Students engage in intensive research, meaningful work with local experts, purposeful fieldwork, and the creation of products that emulate the work of professionals in the field. Music, dance, and the visual arts are fully integrated into classroom content, and these disciplines are yet another language students use to experience, understand, and express what they are learning. The approach fosters young citizens who care about and feel connected to their community, and who understand that they can make a difference.