Tutoring at RCSD School #3

The students at Rochester’s Elementary School #3 are waiting for you! Work with them on teacher directed activities at a weekly time that you choose. Our tutors make a measurable difference as they enjoy being part of a group of enthusiastic volunteers.

  • About
  • Volunteer
  • Schedule
  • Contacts
  • History

About Tutoring at RCSD School #3:

Nathaniel Rochester Community School #3 is located at 85 Adams St in the Corn Hill neighborhood of Rochester.  It is a kindergarten through 8th grade school of 650 students. 

Third Church’s program at #3 currently has 47 tutors working with over 150 students in the school and in classrooms.   Teachers prepare material for our use with children and keep us updated on the specific skills areas where our students need focus. 

The faculty at #3 School is bright, friendly and very welcoming to volunteers. 

Tutoring at School #3 - How to Help

Our volunteer tutors work one-on-one with the same student each week, or in the classroom at learning stations with the teacher.  Placement, time, day, and grade level is the volunteer’s choice.  Most tutors work one day per week for one to two hours in the school.  Tutors work from mid-October to the end of May.

Most of our tutors are retired teachers and professional people, but this is not a requirement. We welcome all people who are interested in educating children.

Tutoring at School #3 - Schedule

Tutoring takes place during regular school hours (9:15 – 4 p.m.). Tutoring begins in October and runs through the end of May - with usual school holidays.

Tutoring at School #3 - Contact Information

If you are interested in supporting the church's efforts to support the children in the School #3 neighborhood, contact:

Jennifer Schafrath
School #3 Volunteer Tutor Coordinator

School #3
85 Adams St.
Rochester, NY 14608
(585) 454-3525

Rev. Lynette Sparks: Associate Pastor at Third Presbyterian Church
(585)271-6513 ext 106

A History of Tutoring at RCSD School #3

For many years Third Church has been supporting the education of children in the RCSD School. The current tutoring program was originally an after school tutoring program. It was part of a neighborhood drop-in program on Joseph Avenue started and run by Third Church member Michael Mackenzie. In the early 1980s it was decided that it would be better if the tutoring occurred in the #6 School building, rather than asking students to walk to Joseph Avenue after school. In 1986, this after school program then transitioned into the current format, of tutoring during school hours, under the leadership of Third Church member Dorothy Madden.

From 1986 until 2012 a tutoring program was focused on School #6 and its neighborhood. Every year approximately 25 tutors worked with 80 students.

When School #6 was closed, the program moved to School #3 but continues with the same format and many of the same volunteers.

Tutors meet with students once per week for 45 minutes, during the school day, from mid-October through early June.