• Academic success for every child we serve
  • The development of good character in all students

These are the two main goals at the Canandaigua City School District. The first goal is achieved by challenging students with high academic standards and expectations for achievement through innovative programming and instruction. The second is pursued through a school, home and community partnership based on five core virtues: respect, responsibility, caring, honesty, and healthful lifestyles.

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The curriculum is systematically reviewed to ensure it meets the developing needs of our pupils. The character education principles are stranded into the curriculum at each grade level. NYS Common Core curriculum modules are currently being integrated where appropriate to the needs of our students. The educational program includes extensive technology use, with internet access for all classrooms and a wide range of technology course offerings.

Additional features of the educational program include Pre-K classrooms, full-day kindergarten classes, multi-age classrooms, hands-on in-district science, innovative programming such as the Responsive Classroom, and a range of other academic and support services. There is a wide array of in-district special education services, extensive opportunities in both the visual and performing arts, three foreign languages, enrichment programming K-8 and a full range of advanced placement courses, and numerous college-level courses in partnership with Rochester Institute of Technology and Finger Lakes Community College. The Academy also offers open enrollment in the prestigious International Baccalaureate Programme.

Quality professional development for teaching staff is a high priority. The District employs a full-time Staff Developer to facilitate continuous teaching improvement.


Students demonstrate a developing intellect, having explored a broad range of offerings and acquired mastery of essential content, concepts and skills.

Success is demonstrated by:

  • proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics and knowledge and understanding of social studies and the sciences
  • aesthetic appreciation
  • integration of learnings
  • development of thinking skills including problem solving, reasoning, critical thinking and expression of creativity
  • pursue knowledge through research and experimentation
  • understanding the attributes and skills necessary to be independent members of society


Students communicate effectively by interpreting and sharing information, ideas and feelings appropriately in a given context.

Success is demonstrated by the ability to:

  • apply personal and interpersonal skills and standards
  • convey information, ideas and feelings to various audiences using written, oral and artistic expression
  • receive, understand, process and interpret information, ideas and feelings
  • use knowledge, thinking skills and communication skills in career and personal situations


Students will be active, creative, knowledgeable and ethical participants in our globally networked society.

Success is demonstrated by the ability to:

  • use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate and communicate information
  • use digital technologies, communication/networking tools and social networks
  • appropriately to access, manage, integrate, evaluate and create information to successfully function in a knowledge economy
  • apply a fundamental understanding of the ethical/legal issues surrounding the access and use of information technologies

With a focus on our District Mission...

The Canandaigua City School District is committed to maximizing the educational success and the character development of all students to prepare them to become productive, contributing citizens.

Our program and commencement outcomes embody a progression of skills and learnings that represent what we want each student to know, to be like and to do as they prepare to be lifelong learners. It is from these outcomes that our staff creates the instructional and character education programs that align with our district’s mission, vision and beliefs.

National Board Certification

Established in 1987, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards is an independent, nonprofit organization working to advance accomplished teaching for all students. This is the most respected professional certification available for K-12 education.

Canandaigua's NBC Teachers

MacKenzie Brown, PPS
Emily Conrad, OT
Hannah Doody, OT
Mary Eckdahl, ENG
Kelly Godfrey, GRS
Joan Haefner, ENG
Donna Klick, ENG
Courtney Lomber, ENG
Keith Pedzich, ENG
Michael Sisson, ENG
David Smith, SPED
Julie Marie Smith, ELEM
Kristine VanDuyne, SOST