Welcome to Eugenio Maria de Hostos Charter School!

The learning community of EMHCS welcomes you and your family to our school.  EMHCS has a 17 year track record of excellence and achievement. Our school is fortunate to have staff, students, and parents working together to create partnerships for learning.  The committed and professional educators and staff at our school continually look for ways to improve our school and our classroom instruction. Our common focus is our students and their personal and academic growth. Our philosophy is that if a child cannot learn the way we teach then we will learn to teach the way the child can learn.

Consequently, we provide daily additional instructional time through a 30-minute tutoring session, a longer school year and day, and a 20-day Summer Institute to provide instructional support for students who need the additional time to be successful in ELA and Math.

Helping the whole child is just as important as the academic requirements. Therefore, our students participate in art, dance, music, physical education, character development and health instruction.

We look forward to a wonderful and successful 2016-2017 school year.  Please feel free to look through our website for additional information or call us.


Julio Vazquez, Founding Member, CEO and Board President
Miriam Vazquez, Founding Principal
Maycanitza Perez, Executive Director

Learner’s Creed

I believe in the CODE, its right for me
Cooperation is the key
For learning and sharing successfully
Operating with respect
Will make my day better yet
Directions I will follow through
To make school safe for me and you
Everyone solves problems peacefully
Making our school the best it can be
Today, in every way, I will follow the CODE



In 1998, Julio Vázquez, as the President and CEO of Ibero American Action League, saw the Charter School Legislation as an opportunity to improve the educational alternatives for city students. Through Mr. Vázquez’s leadership, Ibero American Action League agreed to sponsor the development of a charter school. Ibero American Action League is a non-profit, grassroots organization. Its mission is to empower and enable the Latino community and others to reach for a better life. It carries out its mission through the following programs: Family Services, Development Disabilities, Residential Services, Project Link, Early Childhood Services, Education and Training, Centro de Oro (Senior Citizens), Emergency and Volunteer Services. The charter school legislation provided another avenue for Ibero to carry out its mission.

Mr. Vázquez brought together Dr. Miriam Vázquez, who was a principal in one of the schools within the Rochester City School District, and Mr. Eugenio Marlin who was the Vice-President for Development and Communications at Ibero, to discuss the possibilities of submitting an application for a charter school. In addition, parents, the Margaret Woodbury Strong Museum, YMCA, Hochstein School of Music and several area colleges were asked to be involved. They proposed a bilingual school to the State University of New York (SUNY) Charter School Institute. The following people became the founding members for the development of the school application: Mr. Julio Vázquez, Dr. Miriam Vázquez, Mr. Eugenio Marlin, Mr. George Romell (President YMCA Greater Rochester), Ms. Maribel Maldonado (Parent), Dr. Mark LaCelle-Peterson (State University College at Geneseo) and Dr. Margaret Quackenbush (President Hochstein School of Music). Upon consensus, the group agreed to name the school Eugenio María de Hostos. The name, Eugenio María de Hostos, was chosen because Mr. Hostos is an excellent example of the importance of people helping others, as well as how one person can positively impact the lives of so many.

In March of 2000, SUNY approved the application and a charter was issued authorizing the establishment of the Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School. The school welcomed its first group of 120 Kindergarten through second grade students in September 2000. During its first charter the school grew to include grades K – 6. The middle school grades were added in September 2010. During its third renewal the school was authorized to expand from 2 sections to 4 sections per grade level and to add the high school grades.

Eugenio Maria De Hostos

Eugenio María de Hostos was born on January 11, 1839, in Río Cañas, a small community in Mayagûez, Puerto Rico. He was an educator and a lawyer whose strong convictions drove him to pursue advocacy for the abolition of slavery, women’s rights for higher education, and the autonomy and federation of Puerto Rico and Cuba. He devoted his energies to reforming the educational system throughout Latin America. Eugenio María de Hostos was the author of more than fifty distinguished written works, such as Ley General de Enseñanza Pública (General Law of Public Education), History of Teaching, Comments on the Science of Teaching, and Reform in the Teaching of Law.


Learn how to move through the world

Look for a breakdown of our academics. Our mission is to always give your child the tools to enjoy and access what the world has to offer.

Charter schools are free for your child to attend

There are no tuition fees, just enroll in the charter school lottery and apply for Eugenio María de Hostos Charter School!

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