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

On Saturday, December 2, more than 100 students earned their red Vertus blazers.

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 Prepares Leaders of Character

Our school is built on four pillars:



Each student belongs to a small learning team of 16 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. Each student learns at the pace that is right for him. Engineering, art, chess, student government, and sports keep active adolescents engaged and build real-world skills.



Students participate in a daily seminar to develop character. The seminar explores our three virtues of Courage, Leadership, and Responsibility. We also teach character strengths that lead to success, such as grit, social intelligence, and self-control.



After graduation, each student chooses the path that is right for him: college, technical training, or starting a career. While at Vertus, students take college courses to earn credits and build technical skills for the workplace.

Vertus' Approach Gets Results


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