Preparing Leaders of Character

Rochester's new tuition-free high school for young men.

Vertus prepares leaders of character for the community and the workplace through:

Strong relationships

Each student belongs to a small learning team of 12 – 14 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.

Personalized year-round academics

Each student has an individual learning plan tailored to his abilities and interests and learns at the pace that is right for him. 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.

Character education

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.

Career preparation

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 school or starting a career.

"I just want to thank you and your staff for all the assistance thus far. The meeting with Mr. Johnson went exceptionally well and left me feeling like I’m making a great decision for my son. My son has not stopped talking about how excited he is to start Vertus. Mr. Johnson really left him feeling like he actually has a voice and that his future really matters. I look forward to the upcoming school year and I wish you and your staff nothing but success and I thank you for all that you are doing to help young men prosper. Best of luck and thanks again."

− Candida Olivo, Parent


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Grandmaster Amos Postwaite teaching his martial arts class.

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 Vertus faculty and students take a quick break from their chemistry experiment.


Hands-on learning is taking off in our second quarter. These students chose to learn in Tech / Maker Space twice a week.