About Us


About Us profile photo 8-8-16The Conference of Big 5 School Districts represents the city school districts of Buffalo, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, Yonkers and Utica.

➢ Our urban school districts enroll 45% of New York State’s public school students. Most of our districts are experiencing enrollment growth.

➢ The percentage of pupils with extraordinary needs in our school districts is: Buffalo 85%; NYC 75%; Rochester 89%; Syracuse 82%; Yonkers 72%; and Utica 87%.

➢ 69% of all English Language Learner pupils are educated in our member districts.

➢ The Conference’s school districts have high rates of student mobility, homelessness and students living in temporary shelters.

➢ 51% of the State’s special education students (ages 5-21) are educated in our city school districts.

➢ School buildings in our city school districts are older than others in the State and average over 69 years old.

➢ 66% of New York State’s prekindergarteners are educated in our school districts.

➢ All of our school districts still utilize school buildings built between 1901 and 1920.