Charlotte High School (Rochester, New York)

Charlotte High School was a public high school in Rochester, operated by the Rochester City School District. The school is named for Charlotte, formerly an incorporated village in the Town of Greece and now a neighborhood in the city of Rochester. The school closed in June 2016.[2]

Charlotte High School
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Charlotte High School
4115 Lake Avenue


Coordinates43°14′46″N 77°37′09″W / 43.24611°N 77.61917°W / 43.24611; -77.61917Coordinates: 43°14′46″N 77°37′09″W / 43.24611°N 77.61917°W / 43.24611; -77.61917
TypePublic high school
MottoConnecting Youth to Innovative Life Experiences
ClosedJune 2016
School districtRochester City School District
PrincipalWakili Moore
Enrollment864 (2011-12)[1]
 • Grade 9213
 • Grade 10135
 • Grade 11139
 • Grade 12116
Student to teacher ratio14:1[1]



  • Hispanic 27%[3]
  • White 17.2%[3]
  • African American 53.9%[3]
  • Asian 1.1%[3]
  • Native American 0.8%[3]

Charlotte High School's free/reduced lunch rate is 77.9% of the students.[3]


A school was built on the former site of a one-room school house in Charlotte in 1867. In 1907, a high school building was erected and the present Charlotte High School building was built in 1931.[4] In 1988, the Rochester City School District changed Charlotte to a middle school. In 2005, it became a high school once again.[5] The school closed in June 2016.[2]


Charlotte High School is housed in a five-story new art deco style building on Lake Avenue in Rochester, not far from Lake Ontario. The building contains a swimming pool that is open to the public when not used for school activities.[6]


In addition to typical high school courses, Charlotte High School offers some unique opportunities to students.

  • Charlotte's Academy of Hospitality & Tourism includes internships and gives students an opportunity to explore and prepare for careers in travel, tourism, and hospitality.[7][8]
  • The school's Academy of Sports Medicine & Management includes internships with local athletic, medical and sports organizations, and helps prepare students for careers in athletic training, physical therapy, sports medicine, and sports management.[7]
  • To better serve the needs of the students, the school offers extended-day academic support and a Wellness Center offers counseling, social services, and after-school activities in partnership with community agencies.[7]
  • The school library houses a special collection on the Harlem Renaissance.[9]


Clubs and organizationsEdit

The school offers art, music, newspaper, math league and drama club.[7]

Young video artists from Charlotte participate in the Rochester Urban Youth Film Festival, sponsored by the University of Rochester.[10]


The school supports a full sports program.[7]

The Lakesiders basketball team won successive New York State championships in 1983 and 1984.[5] After winning the 2007 Section V Class "BB" title on March 3, 2007, the Charlotte basketball team finished second in the Far West Regional Class "B" final on March 10, 2007.[11] The team repeated as Section V "BB"" champions on March 1, 2008.[12]

The 2009–2010 track team won the Section V Class B championship.[citation needed]


In 2005, the school's attendance rate of 85% and its suspension rate of 33.3% both exceed those for similar schools. The school's standardized test scores for English Language Arts, Mathematics and Social Studies rank below the state average for similar schools.[13]


In 2004, there were reports of violence and other acts at the school that required disciplinary action.[14][15][16] Charlotte High School was on the New York State list of dangerous schools in 2006.[17][18]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Charlotte High School | Best High Schools". US News. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Charlotte High School to close for good in June", Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, April 22, 2016
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Charlotte High School". Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ Carl W. Peters: American Scene Painter from Rochester to Rockport
  5. ^ a b Charlotte alum bask in success of the new generation, Democrat & Chronicle, January 11, 2008
  6. ^ Rochester Parks and Recreation Archived 2006-10-13 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ a b c d e Charlotte High School Archived February 10, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ Charlotte High plans tourism academy, Democrat & Chronicle, July 29, 2004
  9. ^ "High School Library". Archived from the original on 2007-08-12. Retrieved 2007-12-25.
  10. ^ Rochester Urban Youth Film Festival Showcases Young Student Works
  11. ^ City Basketball - K-12 - 2006/2007 Season - Rochester, New York
  12. ^ "Moore, Williams help Charlotte repeat in BB". Retrieved 2008-03-02.
  13. ^ City-Data for Charlotte High School in Rochester NY
  14. ^ Two Local Schools Including Charlotte High School Deemed Dangerous (RNews Article) Archived September 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Threat Leads to Charlotte Lockdown (RNews article)[dead link]
  16. ^ Student Stabbed at Charlotte HS (RNews article)[dead link]
  17. ^ New York States 'Persistently Dangerous Schools' List Archived March 10, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ "17 New York Schools Labeled 'Persistently Dangerous'". Campus Safety. Retrieved 26 March 2015.

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