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Parent University

Executive Director, Monique Wright-Williams

1728 South Ave
Syracuse, NY 13207
315-435-6275 (p) 315-435-6276 (f)

Upcoming Classes:      Click here for April and May class brochure

 May 22- Planning for Life After 50 - Elder Law Fair at Onondaga Community College 8 am - 1 pm

May 29 - Drugs: True Stories - 5:30-7:30 pm at Bellevue Elementary 530 Stolp Ave

Click here to register


Parent University offers families a variety of FREE classes and workshops.  These classes are designed to add to existing skills, provide opportunities for additional growth and development and positively contribute to children’s academic and social-emotional success.

Say Yes to Education and the Syracuse City School District recognize the connection between student success and family engagement.  The SCSD, in partnership with Say Yes to Education, established “Parent University” to increase parental engagement and to contribute to the academic and social-emotional success of our school children.  The goals of Parent University include providing support for families so that they may achieve personal academic and non-academic goals; providing parents and families with the necessary resources to support their children’s emotional growth and development; and increasing the number of parents who feel positively connected to their child’s school. 
A sampling of classes offered this year include:
Parenting Young Adolescents
Getting Organized: Creating a Special Education Notebook
Learning with the iPad
Understanding the Code of Conduct
Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck
Credit Ability — Building a Strong Credit History
Identity Theft — Who’s Got Your Number?
Parent University also offers “Breakfast & Books”  and “Lunch & Learn,”  where participants can enjoy a meal during the class or take their lunch or breakfast to go.
Registering for Courses

Registering for classes is easy!  You can register online at or complete a paper copy of the registration form and mail or fax it to our offices.  You can also drop off a completed registration form in the main office at your child's school.  Lastly, please call us at the Parent University office at 435-6275 to register over the telephone.  If you register for a class that meets over several weeks, you only need to input registration information for the first day of the class.

Who can take classes?

Classes are available for parents and/or other adults who are caregivers of children enrolled in a SCSD school or one of the following non-public schools:  Blessed Sacrament, Cathedral at Pompei, Bishop’s Academy at Most Holy Rosary, All Saints Elementary, Eagle Wings Academy, Faith Heritage, Jowonio, Ihsan School of Excellence and the Merriday School.

Can my children attend classes with me?

Some classes are family-oriented where children are welcome however the majority of the classes are for adults.  Check the recommendation listed for each class.


Parents will need to find and pay their own care provider.  Parent University will reimburse a set fee for childcare.  To be reimbursed for childcare, you MUST complete the childcare information section of the registration form and complete a childcare request form.  The request form should be submitted to the Parent University office after you’ve completed a class.  The form MUST be signed by your childcare provider and the course instructor.  Reimbursement will be made to the parent/guardian a few weeks after you’ve submitted the form.  To be eligible for reimbursement you MUST attend the class in its entirety.


Any family needing language translation must make arrangements with the Parent University office by calling 435-6275 as soon as possible.  Translation services will be provided based on availability.


Transportation vouchers are now available for parents/caregivers to attend Parent University classes.  Please notify the Parent University office at the time of registration if you will need a voucher.  Bus vouchers will be given for round trip travel to and from classes.  Two vouchers per registrant, per class, will be provided.


april and may class brochure
Sharon L. Contreras, Superintendent
Syracuse City School District

Central Offices
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone: 315.435.4499

High Schools
Institute of Technology at Central

Alternative Education Programs
Johnson Center/Adult Education
McCarthy @ Beard

Middle & K-8 Schools
Clary Middle School
Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School
Expeditionary Learning Middle School
Grant Middle School
Huntington Pre-K-8 School
HW Smith Pre-K-8 School
Lincoln Middle School
Roberts Pre-K-8 School

Elementary Schools
Delaware Elementary School
Dr. King Elementary School
Dr. Weeks Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Hughes Elementary School
LeMoyne Elementary School
McKinley-Brighton Elementary School
Meachem Elementary School
Salem Hyde Elementary School
Webster Elementary School

Innovation Zone Schools
Bellevue Elementary School
Danforth Middle School
Frazer K-8 School
Porter Elementary School
Seymour Dual Language Academy
Van Duyn Elementary School
Westside Academy at Blodgett