(585) 747-8911 • 21 Humboldt Street • Rochester, NY 14609

Vertus featured in a national publication on creative use of time and space in schools!

What Makes Vertus Unique?

Vertus High School is Rochester's leading tuition-free high school for young men. Since we opened in 2014, our students have exceeded national expectations for student growth and performance by more than 300%. Watch this short video to learn more.

Vertus transforms Rochester by preparing leaders of character for the community and the workplace.

Our school is built on four pillars:



Each student belongs to a small learning team of 12 to 20 students, led by a full-time mentor, tutor and guide — called a Preceptor — who keeps each young man on the right path and is responsible for the success of every student on his team.



Seminar rooms and learning labs replace traditional classrooms. Community service, robotics, entrepreneurs club, 3D printing, IT, photography, student government and sports keep active boys engaged and build real-world skills. Each student learns at the pace that is right for him.



Students participate in daily seminars to develop character. Topics include leadership, entrepreneurship, philosophy, and health and well-being, as well as practical topics such as study skills, interviewing, and behavior in the workplace.



Every student earns the credentials to get a good job in addition to a high school diploma. After graduation, each student chooses the path that is right for him: college, technical training, or starting a career.

Meet our Vertus Man of the Month & Scholars of the Month

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Notes from Parents & Families

"I value how every morning the students say the Vertus creed, which gives them confidence and starts their day on a positive note."

Lois Williams, parent

  "Vertus starts with the student where they are currently in their education and helps them to progress from there instead of pushing them ahead."

Char Guess Bardques, parent

"My son gets individual attention in a college preparatory environment."

Maria Reyes, parent

"The men who work at Vertus are mentors and advocates for our youth."

Erica Scott, parent