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Andrea Bernard


1005 W. Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13204
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P:  (315) 435-6275
F:  (315) 435-4846

To register for December events, please visit our Registration Form!


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.

The Syracuse City School District recognizes the connection between student success and family engagement.  The SCSD 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

  • Defensive Driving

  • Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck

  • Credit Ability — Building a Strong Credit History

  • CPR

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 using one of the links on the side of this page 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.


Childcare is offered for all evening and Saturday classes.  Parents must register in advance to ensure childcare.


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.

Upcoming Events

Family Budgeting & First-Time Homebuying
December 15, 6:00-8:00 PM
ITC, 258 East Adams St.13202
Learn how to find and use coupons to maximize your savings! Financial Education Coordinator, Thomas Dellwo, of Cooperative Federal will join this budgeting event to talk about their Homebuyer Matched Savings Program and other services that they offer to prepare you to become a homeowner. You could qualify for $7,500 to $9,500 in matching grants toward a down payment and closing costs.

Functional Behavior Assessments (FBA) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIP)
December 8, 12:00-1:00 PM
Professional Development Center, 1005 West Fayette Street, Suite 1D 13204
Offered by Syracuse University Parent Assistance Center (SUPAC). Topics will include:
What to do when your child is having behavior difficulties at school
What is an FBA and BIP and how to request one
How to act as a partner with your child’s school and Committee on Special Education (CSE) team during the FBA Process
The steps the CSE team should take in developing and implementing a BIP
The role of each CSE team member in this process

Lunch & Learn:Every Student, Every Day... Attendance = Success!
December 20, 12:00-1:00 PM
Dr. Weeks Elementary, 710 Hawley Ave. 13203
Learn the definition of attendance and the guidelines SCSD uses to determine when a student is in jeopardy. Topics will include:
Why attendance matters
Statistics that support attendance
Strategies to help kids get motivated in the morning
*Childcare not provided for this event

Supporting Our Scholars Through Parent Partnership
December 14, 11:00-12:00 PM
Webster Elementary, 500 Wadsworth 13208
Come ask questions and share your feedback about:
School culture and climate
Support for scholars— how to find help
The Code of Conduct, Character and Support— protecting and empowering your family

High Schools
Institute of Technology at Central
PSLA @ Fowler

Alternative Education Programs
Johnson Center/Adult Education
McCarthy @ Beard
MS Program @ Shea

Middle & K-8 Schools
Clary Middle School
Danforth Middle School
Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School
Expeditionary Learning Middle School
Frazer Pre-K-8 School
Grant Middle School
Huntington Pre-K-8 School
HW Smith Pre-K-8 School
Lincoln Middle School
Roberts Pre-K-8 School
Westside Academy at Blodgett

Elementary Schools
Bellevue Elementary School
Delaware Elementary School
Delaware Primary
Dr. King Elementary School
Dr. Weeks Elementary School
Franklin Elementary School
Hughes Elementary School
LeMoyne Elementary School
McKinley-Brighton Elementary School
Meachem Elementary School
Montessori at Lemoyne
Porter Elementary School
Salem Hyde Elementary School
Seymour Dual Language Academy
Syracuse Latin
Van Duyn Elementary School
Webster Elementary School

Syracuse City School District
Jaime Alicea, Interim Superintendent

725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210

Phone: 315.435.4499
The Syracuse City School District hereby advises students, parents, employees and the general public that it is committed to providing equal access to all categories of employment, programs and educational opportunities, including career and technical education opportunities, regardless of actual or perceived race, color, national origin, Native American ancestry/ethnicity, creed or religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or expression, disability or any other legally protected category under federal, state or local law. More info