McCarthy at Beard School

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Maria Cimino
Vice Principal
Jennifer DiBello
DASA Coordinators
Maria Cimino
Amy Salisbury
School Address 
220 W. Kennedy St. | Syracuse, NY 13205
School Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Main Office
(315) 435-5855
Nurse's Office
(315) 435-4341
Fax: (315) 435-4564
Social Worker Office
(315) 435-4073

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 Honors Longtime Supporter Wayne O’Connor SCSD Honors Longtime Supporter Wayne O’Connor: Congratulations to Wayne O’Connor, a long time Syracuse City School District employee, on his retirement! He dedicated more than 30 years to the SCSD, serving as a social studies teacher, Vice Principal and Area Superintendent. After his first retirement from the SCSD, Mr. O’Connor continued to dedicate his professional and much of his personal life to our students and families.    He was a teacher, building administrator and district administrator during his career with ... more >>
SCSD Board of Education to Host Community Forum to Discuss Budget SCSD Board of Education to Host Community Forum to Discuss Budget: A Community Forum regarding the Budget of the Syracuse City School District Board of Education will be held in lieu of a 2nd budget hearing, on Wednesday April 3, 2019 at the Henninger High School cafeteria , 600 Robinson Street, Syracuse, New York. The Forum will commence at 4:30 p.m., with a presentation, followed by community engagement with the interactive Balancing Act program. There will be no formal speaking period, and the only topic under discussion will be the budget. Opportunities to ... more >>
Huntington Students Practice Yoga & Mindfulness through Educational Foundation Grant Huntington Students Practice Yoga & Mindfulness through Educational Foundation Grant: Huntington students enjoyed an introduction to yoga & mindfulness, thanks to School Psychology Intern Aleece Behr and a grant funded by the SCSD Educational Foundation.   Ms. Behr earned her 200-hour yoga certification over the summer and was interested in seeing how mindfulness strategies could help students self-regulate and become more self-aware. Five classes – ranging from kindergarten to second grade – volunteered to take part in a series of five 25-minute sessions. ... more >>
HW Smith Students “Walk” to Hollywood HW Smith Students “Walk” to Hollywood: There is a Hollywood theme at HW Smith school this year: ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’   So when Physical Education teacher Kim McKenna wanted to find a way to encourage students and staff to move more during the school day, she knew just the activity: a “Walk to Hollywood” contest.   Students in kindergarten through eighth grade – along with teachers and staff – would work together over the course of the school year to collectively walk the 5,674,940 ... more >>
SCSD to Host Monthly Board of Education Meeting on March 13th SCSD to Host Monthly Board of Education Meeting on March 13th: The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold its regular scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 4:00 p.m . at the Syracuse City School District Board Room, 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York.    Please note: While the meeting will begin at 4:00 PM with a call to order, be advised that the Board plans to vote on immediately entering into executive session at that time. The public portion of the meeting and consideration of all ... more >>

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