RPS Graduate Profile


Our mission is to inspire, challenge, and empower all students with the knowledge and skills required

to reach their full potential, to contribute to future generations, and to become involved members of

a global community.


All students who attend Rochester Public Schools will discover their individual passions along with a

strong sense of self and purpose. Students graduate equipped with the skills and qualities outlined in

the Graduate Profile.


Access and Equity

Make educational equity a reality by ensuring every student experiences high-quality teaching and

learning in a culturally responsive environment.

Student Achievement

Provide teaching and learning environments that engage and empower students to be critical thinkers,

ethical contributors, skilled communicators, effective collaborators, resilient learners and success-ready individuals.


Fulfill our commitment to students and families by meeting the expectations of the Graduate Profile,

and enlist the community to share in this responsibility.


Quality schools offer engaging and challenging programs, caring and committed staff, collaborative and visible leaders, and instruction that considers the passion, interest, and needs of each student.

It is possible to increase academic achievement for each and every student. 

Family and community engagement and effective partnerships are essential to achieving our vision for 
student success.

Students play a critical role in their learning. 

It is critical to identify and understand the academic, cultural, developmental, emotional, and social 
needs of the student.

Equity is a lens through which all decisions should be made.

      • Education equity is the condition of justice, fairness, and inclusion in our systems of education

        so that all students have access to the opportunity to learn and develop to their fullest potential

Update Tuesday, May 1, 2018:
The Rochester Public School Board approved the Graduate Profile during the May 1, 2018 school board meeting. The next step in this process is to host a school board study session in June to review the goals and strategies to achieve the six areas of the graduation profile.

Click the image below to view the Graduate Profile in a PDF.
RPS Graduate Profile PDF - Draft 


On January 23, the RPS school board and cabinet met in a school board study session where we discussed the RPS graduate profile. This is a brief update from that meeting and also a quick overview of the process to date. 

First, we hosted a Thoughtexchange this past fall. We sought feedback through this process from staff, students, parents, and community members. Thoughtexchange synthesized the data into several themes, based on keywords and phrases. Then, district leadership reviewed all of the Thoughtexchange feedback. The cabinet analyzed the Thoughtexchange feedback and leadership feedback and generated a graduate profile draft which was presented to the school board on January 23. To review the feedback from the November Thoughtexchange on the graduate profile, click this link: 

Our next steps include hosting this current Thoughtexchange and receiving feedback on the graduate profile draft. The district will adjust the profile as necessary based on the feedback. There will be more updates, opportunities to provide feedback, and school board meetings as we work through this process. Eventually, we will establish two goals to support the graduate profile (you can think of this as the “how” we will support our learners so they achieve success in the six areas of the profile).

This is a very exciting time – working collaboratively to address the feedback from our parents, students, staff, and families so that our graduates are prepared for future success in life, learning, and work. Thank you to everyone who participated.


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