Student Experience

Students at The Norman Howard School are offered a truly unique academic experience, enriched by activities, friendships, community events, supports, and an atmosphere of acceptance.

Before joining our community, parents may ask, "Will my child miss out by leaving public school?" Our students remain engaged with their home communities through friends, sports, church, and other activities. Students share, and parents agree, that the new experiences and relationships formed at The Norman Howard School enhance their lives and well-being in meaningful and measurable ways.

Please explore some elements that combine to create The Norman Howard Experience. Click on each image for more details:

Counseling Services
Our students benefit from support managing the social aspects of school and life. Two licensed counselors provide individual and group counseling and collaborate with teachers to deliver school-wide Social-Emotional Learning programs.
Skills for Life
Skills For Life is our school-wide social skills program supporting healthy relationships, effective communication, and decision-making, the building blocks of Social Emotional Learning. Classroom teachers collaborate with counseling staff for explcit instruction in self-awareness, social awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, and relationship skill-building.
Transition Counseling
Our Transition Counselor and multi-disciplinary Transition Committee are dedicated to guiding students and families through post high school planning, and successful life transitions.
Speech-Language Services
Our Speech-Language program links communication skills and academic success; goals and content are developed alongside and related to the curriculum.
Services are provided by the Speech-Language Pathologists in collaboration with classroom teachers, parents, and other related service providers.
School-wide Strategies
Our students benefit from school-wide academic strategies- including EmPower and Thinking Maps® - for the organization of concepts and information, and for written expression.
Health Services
Our onsite RN supports overall health and well-being of all students through medication administration, first aid, triage of illness and injuries, health screenings, and health promotion.
Inspired Educators
Our faculty is a group of inspired educators, motivators, confidence-builders, passionate advocates, and empathetic experts. Each staff person contributes their unique skills to a school culture that places the student success at its core. We work alongside students, parents, and involved professionals to help every student understand their learning capabilities and manage challenges which have made school difficult in the past.
Sense of Belonging
Our families share that what sets us apart is the sense of belonging that they experience when they walk through our doors. For many, school had come to mean isolation, anxiety, or failure. Here, we set out to discover or reignite each child's desire to learn in the ways they are best suited.
Positive School Culture
We are a welcoming community. Students often share, "I wish I had come here sooner," because they are bright, capable, talented kids who felt left behind, misunderstood, or anxious every day in their prior schools. We are a very diverse group who accepts and supports each other to succeed. We celebrate what makes each of us unique and contribute in our own ways to a healthy, safe, and fun school culture. We "get you" here!
Friendships that start at The Norman Howard School last a lifetime. Our students come with varied interests and experiences; we offer many after school clubs, team-building activities, and unifying school traditions. Students share that the bullying and school anxiety that prevented them from liking school are not a problem here. Most look forward to coming to school every day!
Outdoor Education
Outdoor education is a major component of Science education here. Students go regularly to the Nature Center at Genesee Country Village and Museum, and participate in Pack, Paddle, Ski trips.
Service Learning
Our students are engaged and responsible citizens. As part of Participation in Government and other courses and partnerships, our students participate extensively in service learning opportunities.
Cooperative Games
Cooperative Games are team-building activities our middle school students and faculty look forward to most! These are times to build relationships, trust and confidence among classmates and teachers. These activities intentionally support Social Emotional Learning in an engaging and fun atmosphere.
Enriching Experiences
Our school has 36 years of expertise in student success. This comes from embracing and supporting each child’s individuality, defining students by their strengths, and believing our students deserve a safe setting to explore their abilities and engage effectively. A great deal of learning happens outside the classroom.
Visual Arts
Ours is a culture that embraces creativity, expression, innovation, and design. Through visual arts classes, industrial arts, 3D printing, ceramics, photography, and numerous art clubs our students are encouraged to explore the arts.
Experiential Learning
Our students benefit from multi-sensory and hands-on approaches to learning. Opportunities to learn and practice skills in the real world reinforce and enhance classroom learning.
Science Education
Our Science program is truly exceptional. Classrooms abound with plants and creatures, and enthusiastic teachers impart their love for science upon their students by making learning exciting. Frequent field trips enrich learning, and students have opportunities to interact meaningfully with their environment as a means to understanding the world.
Our academic program is designed to allow students to experience success, to help them understand the nature of their learning challenges, to provide them with the skills and strategies for overcoming their academic difficulties and/or social challenges.
Industrial Arts
Within our own onsite "makerspace," Industrial Arts students engage in the design process- taking projects from concept to build. Industrial Arts provides a hands-on experience that allows students to enjoy the art of creation using physical materials such as wood, steel, glass, and paint.
Technology Integration
Our school offers a wide range of technology to engage our students and to help them acquire and demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Smart Board and projection devices are used in most classrooms. The latest model desktop computers, laptops, and mobile devices enrich and create multi-sensory learning experiences.
Eighth and ninth grades are part of a 1:1 iPad implementation pilot, with plans to expand to other grades.

And so much more...

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What our students are saying...

The Norman Howard School lets me be who I am.

- NHS Student

Such a GREAT school and WONDERFUL, AMAZING & LOVING teachers. I'm still proud to say I went there.  

- NHS Alumni

At my old school, I felt like a ghost. Here I feel like a person.

- NHS Student

I wouldn’t be where I am today without Norman Howard.

- NHS Alumni

Front Campus
Main Entrance
P. Ken Dennis Theater
Main Office
Main Floor
Health Office
Betsy McIsaac Learning Library
Small Classrooms
Classroom Technology
Industrial Arts
Industrial Arts
Middle School Classroom
Photo Lab & Dark Room
Reading Classroom
Science Lab
Cafeteria & Multi-Purpose Room
School Lobby
Bus Drop-Off

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  • YouTube - White Circle

275 Pinnacle Road

Rochester, NY 14623

Tel: (585) 334-8010


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Sense of Belonging

Our families share that what sets us apart is the sense of belonging that they experience when they walk through our doors. For many, school had come to mean isolation, anxiety, or failure. Here, we set out to discover or reignite each child's desire to learn in the ways they are best suited.