School district receives $9.9 million grant

ROCHESTER — The Rochester City School District has been awarded a $9.9 million federal School Improvement grant to support its Portfolio Plan to phase out eight high schools and open new high-performing schools to replace them.

Schools that have not been selected for phaseout will be redesigned, while new schools will share the characteristics of higher academic standards, personalization and partnerships that have been shown to support student achievement, according to information from the district.

Several new high schools already opened this fall including the Integrated Arts and Technology High School and the Early College International High School. Schools that were reconfigured include the Charles T. Lunford School No. 19, which now includes grades kindergarten through 8, and the World of Inquiry School No. 58, which goes from kindergarten to high school.

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