McCarthy at Beard School

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Hugh Hogle
Vice Principals
Melissa Tooley
DASA Coordinators
Amy Salisbury
Melissa Tooley 
School Address 
220 W. Kennedy St. | Syracuse, NY 13205
School Hours 
8:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Main Office 
(315) 435-5855
Nurse's Office
(315) 435-4341
Fax: (315) 435-4564
Social Worker Office
(315) 435-4073

Student and Family Supports are Available! 

The SCSD has many academic, social, emotional and mental health supports available to students. School social workers can help connect you and your child to in school and/or out of school supports that meet your needs. Please call us at (315) 435-5855 and ask to speak with a Social Worker for more information and assistance.

About Us 

The Syracuse City School District's McCarthy @ W.R. Beard program provides unique and specialized services for students with social/emotional, behavioral and academic concerns that require expertise and resources beyond those of regular schools.

McCarthy @ W.R. Beard serves the following functions:

  1. Alternative Special Education Program

  2. Diagnostic, Evaluation, Programming Center and on Site Behavioral Instruction Support

The McCarthy @ W.R. Beard Program provides specialized psycho educational programming for students K - 12 for a smooth transition to regular school settings.

School News
SCSD to Begin Hybrid Instruction on October 5th SCSD to Begin Hybrid Instruction on October 5th: The SCSD plans to begin a HYBRID model of instruction beginning on Monday, October 5, 2020. This will include a combination of both in-person and virtual instruction. For more information about what a hybrid model will look like, check out our Back to School 2020 resources page, which includes our reopening plan .   Please note: families will soon be receiving information about learning pods (for all grade levels) and class schedules (for middle and high school students). If you have questions, ... more >>
SCSD High School Students Enjoy Impressive Summer Internships SCSD High School Students Enjoy Impressive Summer Internships: High school students across the Syracuse City School District enjoyed some unique summer internships and programs, exposing them to opportunities in STEM, leadership, architecture, community volunteering, healthcare and more.     Nottingham senior Nghi Thai participated in the Kode with Klossy coding camp, where she spent two weeks learning to code and build apps. “I was intimidated by the program at first since I have no prior experience with coding,” she said. “Throughout ... more >>
Welcome Back, Students! Welcome Back, Students!: Welcome back, SCSD! We remain committed to ensuring that your child has the resources he or she needs to succeed. To learn more about digital learning resources, including remote learning platforms, WiFi hot spots and more, please click here to visit our Back to School 2020 page.  We appreciate your patience as we work together in these unprecedented circumstances. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to your child's school directly.  more >>
SCSD to Host September Board Meeting on 9/9 SCSD to Host September Board Meeting on 9/9: The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold its regular scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 4:00 p.m . at 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.60, no physical attendance by members of the public is permitted.  To view the livestreaming of the meeting, please go to:   Please note: While the meeting will begin at 4:00 ... more >>
Middle School Students Present COVID-19 Capstone Projects to County Executive Middle School Students Present COVID-19 Capstone Projects to County Executive: Middle school students taking part in summer school at Clary had an impressive opportunity to cap their summer learning: a Zoom presentation to Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon!   Led by Clary Humanities MCL Hayley Downs and Disciplinary Literacy Coach Jonathan Hawa, students in grades 6-8 spent six weeks on an engaging COVID-19 related project. Each student pretended to be a local restaurant owner looking to reopen their business during COVID-19. They were presented with a challenge ... more >>

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Grades K-5 Virtual Tech Support for Families

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