McCarthy at Beard School

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



McCarthy at Beard Mission and Vision Statement 

Mission Statement

To build, support, and sustain a learning community for students to achieve emotional stability in a trauma informed environment that develops resiliency, teaches valuable life skills, and educates with high academic standards while using a personalized learning approach.

Vision Statement

Students will learn in a safe and supporting environment in order to develop the academic, social, and emotional skills necessary to then transfer those skills to a less restrictive learning environment.

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
Changes to SCSD Meal Distribution to Begin on December 4th Changes to SCSD Meal Distribution to Begin on December 4th: In anticipation of winter weather, the Syracuse City School District's Food and Nutrition Services Department is making changes to our meal service beginning December 4 th .   Grab and Go will only be offered one day a week - on Wednesdays - from 9:30 am - 1:00 pm throughout the district. Multi-day meal kits will now be distributed to virtual learners who come to pick up food. Registration for meal pick up on Wednesday will be strongly encouraged. On Tuesday and Friday, all ... more >>
STEAM at Dr. King Students Learn By Doing STEAM at Dr. King Students Learn By Doing: Thanks to video lessons from WCNY and creative lessons planned by kindergarten teacher Ms. Kreinheder, STEAM at Dr. King students have been engaging in hands-on science learning!   While studying solids and liquids in science, students watched a video from WCNY that gave an introduction to the concepts. Then, in class, the students talked about mixing solids with liquids and predicting what would happen. By using a Ziplock bag and Skittles, students drew a picture to predict what would ... more >>
Nottingham Students Enjoy Classic Films in ‘Film Society’ Nottingham Students Enjoy Classic Films in ‘Film Society’: The 1945 classic ‘And Then There Were None.’ Alfred Hitchcock’s 1954 thriller ‘Rear Window.’ Gidget. Gigi. My Fair Lady. Gone With the Wind. To Sir With Love. The list goes on.   In the Nottingham Film Society, students join together each Friday to watch a classic film. This year, the group has been meeting virtually, via Teams. But the camaraderie that comes from the shared viewing experience is still the same.   “I’m just excited to ... more >>
SCSD to Host November Board of Education Meeting SCSD to Host November Board of Education Meeting: The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold its regular scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m . at 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.72, no physical attendance by members of the public is permitted.  The livestreaming of the meeting can be viewed at:   Please note: While the meeting will begin at 4:00 PM with a call ... more >>
COVID Cases Confirmed in SCSD Schools COVID Cases Confirmed in SCSD Schools: November 6, 2020 Dear Syracuse City School District Families and Staff,  We were informed today by the Onondaga County Health Department that we have two students who have tested positive for COVID-19. The first student is from Salem Hyde and has not been in school since October 30 th and the second attends Syracuse STEM at Blodgett and was last in school October 29 th .     The Onondaga County Health Department will be in touch with anyone, both staff members ... more >>

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