Academy of Health Sciences is a FREE, PUBLIC SCHOOL in Rochester, NY opening in August 2019.

We will start on August 19, 2019 and we will grow each year up to 8th grade. Our school has a health science focus which means that we learn reading, writing, math, social studies, science, and the arts through the world of Health Sciences. Health Sciences is about life, service, helping, innovating, and finding new ways to make everyone healthy! Health Sciences is the number one job industry in Rochester and our students will be ready to choose the best college and career path for them based on their learning at AHS!  

Four Commitments

Academy of Health Sciences (AHS) Charter School commits to sustained excellence in these four areas:

  1. Improve student learning and achievement by providing increased learning opportunities for all students, with special emphasis on expanded learning experiences for students who are at‐risk of academic failure
  2. Encourage the use of different and innovative teaching methods that work 
  3. Create new professional opportunities for teachers, administrators, and all school personnel to ensure everyone grows 
  4. Provide families and students with expanded educational choices to empower everyone 

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AHS KEY SCHOOL DESIGN ELEMENTS

Culture of Collective Efficacy

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A culture of collective efficacy means that every day and in every relationship and action we take, we all believe that everyone can learn and achieve. WE DO NOT GIVE UP ON ANYONE. 

Positive School Culture

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 A positive culture is established and maintained through authentic relationship building that supports personal and mutual respect, equity, and efficacy aimed at building critical hope to transform trajectories of continued poverty into opportunities for success.

College and Career Readiness

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Students are college and career ready when they develop good study habits, learn how to access college and other opportunities, understand the high academic expectations,  and embrace risk taking and new ideas. 

Middle School Preparation Starting in Grade 5

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Grade 5 is the right time to ensure that every student is ready for middle school learning. Students are ready when they get targeted support in concepts from K-4 that they may have missed. 

Data and Student-Driven Instruction

To diminish the historic power of low expectations, the process of collecting and analyzing data bas

Collecting and using data from learning every day along with students own voices about their learning means everyone is focused on what is needed and is celebrating what is learned! 

Effective Teaching Strategies

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Effective teaching happens when teachers engage in a culture of coaching and practice of effective pedagogical strategies that reflect dimensions 1‐9 of the Thoughtful Classroom Teacher Effectiveness Framework (Silver, 2016) and optimize learning with the NYSLS/CCLS with 21st Century Skills, Gradual Release of Responsibility Framework (Fisher & Frey, 2013), and Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain (Hammond, 2014).