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Welcome Family!


We are so excited to start the school year here at the new EAST. This summer has been filled with opportunities for us to prepare our staff and plan for our students, for the year ahead. We have been working hard to ensure that our learners have what they need to be successful!


As we get ready for the new school year, there are five things that you should be aware of:


1.     The first day of school here at EAST will be Tuesday, September 8, 2015. This is different from the Rochester City School District’s calendar so we want to be sure that everyone knows about this change. We have chosen to begin our school year after the Labor Day holiday, in order to spend more quality time with our teachers, to make sure that they are ready to start their best teaching as of day one. As a reminder the school hours are:


Lower School (Grades 6-8): 7:30am - 3:00pm

(Breakfast begins at 6:50am)


Upper School (Grades 9-12): 8:00am - 3:30pm

(Breakfast begins at 7:20am)


2.     During the month of August, Student Orientations will be held for each grade level. This is a time when our students and families are formally welcomed, receive important information about school procedures and expectations and participate in a tour to become better acquainted with the building.


The orientation schedule is as follows:


Grade Level


Grades 6 & 7 

August 18th, 2015 @ 5:30pm        

Grade 8

August 19th, 2015 @ 5:30pm            

Grade 9

August 25th, 2015 @ 5:30pm            

Grades 10-12

August 27th, 2015 @ 5:30pm            

Each student will receive a school t-shirt (free of charge) at the end of their grade level’s orientation session. Every student is being asked to wear these t-shirts on the first day of school to show our unity and commitment to the new EAST!
3.     Transportation for lower school students (grades 6-8) will be via yellow school buses. Upper school students (grades 9-12) will be transported via RTS buses. You should expect to receive more information regarding pick up times and/or bus passes directly from the Rochester City School District’s Transportation Office prior to the start of school.


4.     In grades 6-8 we will have a common dress code for all students.   


The common dress code will consist of:

Khaki or black pants, skirts or shorts,

Polo - Purple, Gold, White or Black,

Purple, Gold, White or Black sweatshirts or pull over hoodies.


No zippers, logos, pictures or printing is allowed on polos, sweat shirts or hoodies except for official East logos. Any color combination of the common dress code is acceptable, grade level colors will not be assigned this year. Students will receive up to 3 polo shirts free of charge, when they attend orientation.


The new EAST will provide a pathway for all students to receive a high quality education, consistently, no matter where they live, what grade they are in or what they have experienced in the past. We invite you to take part in all that EAST has to offer so that you are active participants in our students’ success.


If you would like to know how you can help, please contact Joanne Larson at or by telephone (585) 275-0900.   


We look forward to partnering with you to make EAST the best that we can be!




Dr. Shaun C. Nelms

EPO - Deputy Superintendent

University of Rochester/EAST Partnership



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