The Niagara Falls City School District serves 7,101 students in 11 schools. Eight elementary schools (one of which is a magnet school), two preparatory schools, and the state-of-the-art Niagara Falls High School provide instruction from Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12. It also operates a Community Education Center that serves the community with adult learning programs.
The percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced lunch is 75.14%.
The District annual budget is $140,921,509.
Seven NFCSD schools were designated “High Performing” under No Child Left Behind. The District has earned District-wide Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Accreditation. The District is an Empire State Advantage Gold Level Awardee.
The District has had Universal Pre-Kindergarten since the 1990s. In 2016, a limited number of seats became available in the new PK3 program, Pre-Kindergarten for three-year-olds. Preference is given to students from low-income families. The District plans to expand the program, which is currently grant-funded.
Every District school has a STEM classroom to prepare students for the collegiate classrooms and jobs of the future.
Data-Driven Professional Development
The District is committed to professional development that is high quality, on-going, data-driven and research-based, specific and embedded in professional practice. The District believes that effective professional development must be Standards-based, adequately funded and supported, and reflective of District goals.
The District offers dedicated staff development days, cyber cafes, webinars, study groups, and mentor programs, through its Teachers' Resource Center. The TRC is a resource for teachers to grow and collaborate.
The District enjoys educational partnerships with Niagara University and the State University College at Buffalo. It also is pleased to be in partnership with more than 100 Adopt-A-School Partners through the business partnership program, Adopt-A-School.
The District works closely with Niagara University, partnering on such things as professional development, integrated Pre-K-12 and 13-16 academic activities, summer literacy camps and college shadowing at the collegiate campus, and more. The District also enjoys partnership activities with Buffalo State College. We believe successful college graduates begin with successful Pre-Kindergarten students. Working from the goal back to the starting line, we work to have every student on track right from the start.
All Schools Offer Free Meals
Students at all District schools automatically get free breakfast and lunch, thanks to the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act amendment to the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, under the Community Eligibility Option (CEO).
To be eligible, schools must meet a minimum level of identified students for free meals in the year prior to implementing the CEO; agree to serve free lunches and breakfasts to all students; and agree to cover with non-Federal funds any costs of providing free meals to all students above amounts provided in Federal assistance.
The Wellness Center
The District recognizes that its schools and facilities belong to the taxpayers. We are happy to be able to open Niagara Falls High School’s weight room, indoor track, and pool to the community most evenings during the winter months. The facilities are regularly used to help residents stay fit and healthy.