McCarthy at Beard School

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Lisa Upton
Vice Principals
Melissa Tooley
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

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 Host Virtual Board Meeting on August 12th SCSD to Host Virtual Board Meeting on August 12th: The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold its regular scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 4:30 p.m . at 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.48, no physical attendance by members of the public is permitted.  Instructions on how to view the livestreaming of the meeting will be provided in a revised Notice prior to the meeting date.   Please note: While the meeting will begin ... more >>
Reminder Regarding Student Immunizations Reminder Regarding Student Immunizations: The Syracuse City School District Office of Health Services reminds families that August is National Immunization Month. All students should see their primary care doctors to ensure they are up to date on all necessary vaccines. If a student is a School Based Health Center enrollee, they can go to the Syracuse Community Health Center for their physicals and shots. To contact the Syracuse Community Health Center, please click here or call (315) 476-7921. To learn more about National Immunication ... more >>
Looking Ahead: Click Here to Fill Out the Reopening Questionnaire Looking Ahead: Click Here to Fill Out the Reopening Questionnaire: Click Here to Fill Out the Questionnaire As parents, it is your decision to have your PK-8th grade child have 100% virtual learning and not attend school in person. In an effort to best understand your plans for your child, we ask that you fill out this questionnaire and let us know what you plan to do this fall. We have proposed a hybrid educational model for the 2020-21 school year.  We feel this will allow us to open the school year in the safest way possible for all students, ... more >>
Central Registration Center to Reopen (Appointment Only) July 27th Central Registration Center to Reopen (Appointment Only) July 27th: The Central Registration Center will reopen to the public on Monday, July 27 by appointment only. In an effort to help ensure the health and safety of our families and staff during these unprecedented times there will not be any walk-ins accepted at this time.  To make an appointment please call (315) 435-6392 or email .    more >>
SCSD to Host Charter School Public Hearing SCSD to Host Charter School Public Hearing: The Syracuse City School District will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 from 4:30-5:30 PM regarding a proposed new charter school, CNY Steam Academy Charter School. CNY Steam Academy Charter School welcomes any comments Syracuse City School District residents wish to provide. The public hearing will be held virtually, there will be no in-person attendance permitted.  To view the meeting you can go to, . In lieu ... more >>

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