Newsflash! Vertus makes front-page news!

Vertus students featured on national news!

Vertus Charter School [students] are making prosthetic hands on a 3-D printer and using a computer modeling program to design and print accessories. Cason is working on a cup-holder to supplement the hand’s grip. “It’s complicated,” he said. “But I can do it.”

We’re so proud of our students. Read the full story here!

Preparing Leaders of Character

Vertus Charter School is Rochester’s leading tuition-free high school for young men. Since opening, our students have exceeded national expectations for student growth and performance by more than 300%. See below for a recent story about our students’ successes.

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

Strong relationships

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

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

− Erica Scott, 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

"When my son was at his former school, he had problems with teachers. At first, he didn't like Vertus, but two weeks into being at Vertus he truly came out of his shell. His grades went up due to the environment at Vertus and the support that he gets from being here. It is a small environment and the teachers take their time. He loves it here now."

− David Gayle Sr., parent

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

− Maria Reyes, parent

"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

"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

Not Your Average Classrooms

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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.