About Us

Our Vision Statement

One Community, Transforming Lives

The Canandaigua City School District believes in building a community rooted in inclusion and love, where everyone recognizes the active role they play in educating our children and helping them find a sense of purpose in life.

Our Mission Statement

Explore - Enrich - Empower

The Canandaigua City School District is dedicated to creating enriched, world-class educational experiences that engage all learners, foster meaningful exploration, and empower our school community to have their voices heard.



District Map

The Canandaigua City School District encompasses 88 square miles around the north end and west side of Canandaigua Lake, including the entire City of Canandaigua.

The boundary zigs and zags a lot, based on property lines. If you are considering moving here, don't forget to check with us at 585-396-3725 to make sure a particular address is within the district. With few exceptions, you must be a resident of the district to send children to us.

Data & Demographics

Data as of September 6, 2019

Out of 3,507 Canandaigua students:

1,801 are boys; 1,706 are girls.


Canandaigua Academy:

1,105 students


Middle School:

799 students


Primary-Elementary School:

1,540 students

District Digest - Community Newsletter

Solar Panels

In 2012, the Canandaigua City School District utilized a NYSERDA grant to fund a solar energy capital project. This project consisted of the installation of solar panel arrays on the roofs of three school buildings -- Academy, Middle School and Primary School.

  • The energy produced by these panels is fed directly to each building’s electrical panel, reducing each building’s draw on the community electrical grid and lowering the District’s overall costs for electricity service.

academy's roof with the solar panels pointed out
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middle school's roof with solar panels pointed out
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primary elementary school's view of roof with solar panels pointed out
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2 girls in tennis huddled together and smiling

District Highlights

  • Canandaigua Academy has a 95% Graduation rate
  • Canandaigua Academy offers over 200 distinct courses
  • 15 Advanced Placement courses
    18 college-level and 3:1:1 courses in coordination with Finger Lakes Community College and Rochester Institute of Technology
    International Baccalaureate Programme
  • Gifted and talented program
  • Canandaigua Middle School named a National School of Character in 2015
  • Extensive technology use, including individual Chromebook devices for each student in Gr. 1-12 . Ipads for students in Kindergarten.
  • Five classes of Universal Pre-Kindergarten on campus
  • Full day kindergarten
  • A range of academic and support services aimed at early identification of academic issues.
  • A wide array of in-district special education services
  • Award-winning performing arts opportunities
  • Resource-rich libraries and library websites. The Academy site is an “International Best of the Web” and the Middle School Library is the 2016 Rochester region School Library of the Year