Originally, the board had planned to make the decision Feb. 10, but postponed its discussion in order to receive public input from the community.
Officials said the district, which already contains a substantial number of minority students, at 43 percent, will invite thirty-six middle and high school students to participate in the program beginning in the fall semester of the 2015-16 school year.
“I think it’s a good fit for the community,” said Superintendent Susan Allen.
East Irondequoit reportedly will be the first district in Monroe County to offer the program to high school students. Previously, the program had only consisted of students entering grades one through nine.
Brighton, Brockport, Fairport, Penfield, Pittsford, West Irondequoit, Spencerport and Wheatland-Chili school districts already participate in the program, which currently includes 600 students from the Rochester City School District.
The state pays for city students on a per-student basis, which is then be paid to the suburban districts through the program.