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Schools for the Younger Set

Education > Schools for the Younger Set

Rochester’s high schools have national reputations for excellence. Allendale Columbia School is a coed college preparatory day school located close to the town line of Brighton and Pittsford. Nearly all of its graduates go on to four-year colleges. The city of Rochester’s coed Catholic high school is Aquinas Institute of Rochester. Founded in 1902, Aquinas has added a fine-arts center and a sports complex in recent years. Bishop Kearney High School: a Golisano Education Partner in Irondequoit also is Catholic and coed. Rochester billionaire Thomas Golisano and his wife, Heather, recently donated $3 million to the school. With no honor roll, the Harley School in Brighton fosters a spirit of non-competitiveness. It has 510 students in nursery school through 12th grade. McQuaid Jesuit High School is an all-male school in Brighton. Almost 99 percent of the class of 2005 went on to college. Nazareth Schools comprise coed elementary and middle schools and an all-girls high school, Nazareth Academy. It has a joint program with RIT to prepare women for advanced study and careers in engineering. Like Bishop Kearney, Our Lady of Mercy High School recently received $3 million from the Golisanos. It is the largest all-women secondary school in the area. School of the Arts in the Rochester City School District specializes in theater, dance, music and art programs for city students. Actor Taye Diggs is a graduate. Wilson Magnet High School in Rochester is recognized among the top 1.5 percent of U.S. public schools in terms of academic challenges.

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