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
Join Us For a Participatory Budget Virtual Community Meeting! Join Us For a Participatory Budget Virtual Community Meeting!: The Syracuse City School District has awarded $5,000 for several school communities to spend through Participatory Budgeting (PB).   Please join us to learn what PB is and share your project ideas. Students and their families will vote to decide the winning project!   See below for dates, times and registration links.     25-Jan Monday 5:00-7:00 PM Clary Middle School ... more >>
Syracuse City School District Graduation Rate Reaches Historic High Syracuse City School District Graduation Rate Reaches Historic High: The Syracuse City School District graduation rate has reached a historic high, according to data released this week by the New York State Department of Education. The 2016 cohort – students who began high school in 2016 – completed high school with a four-year graduation rate of 70.7 percent. This is a record high in the Syracuse City School District, and a six percent increase from the previous year.  The 70.7 percent is the highest graduation rate achieved since New York ... more >>
SCSD Board of Education Business Meeting to be Held January 13th SCSD Board of Education Business Meeting to be Held January 13th: The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold its regular scheduled business meeting on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 4:00 p.m . at 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order 202.87, no physical attendance by members of the public is permitted.  Information on how to view the livestreaming of the meeting will be provided prior to that date.   Please note: While the meeting will begin at 4:00 PM with a call ... more >>
SCSD Network Connectivity Issues Now Resolved SCSD Network Connectivity Issues Now Resolved: On Friday morning, January 8, 2021, the Syracuse City School District experienced network connectivity issues which may have prevented students from logging in to online learning platforms. As of 11:30 am, these issues have been resolved. We appreciate your patience and understanding! more >>
Henninger Students Delve Into Visual and Performing Arts through SU Partnership Henninger Students Delve Into Visual and Performing Arts through SU Partnership: Thanks to a collaboration with Syracuse University, about 50 Henninger students interested in Visual and Performing Arts careers have been taking part in a conference series to help them learn more about the opportunities available to them. The collaboration, organized by SU’s Dr. James Haywood Rolling, Jr., included virtual Zoom chats, as well as a planned Spring workshop and Summer Art Portfolio Prep Course and was intended to engage with Henninger student artists about habits of mind, leading ... more >>

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Important Information

SCSD Asymptomatic Testing

School/Community Site Testing number Schedule Friday January 22, 2021
McCarthy at Beard/Testing Number  - 15/Time:  8:30 am

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