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
Henninger High School to Switch to Remote Learning for the Week Henninger High School to Switch to Remote Learning for the Week: We have received confirmation from the Onondaga County Health Department that we have had a student at Henninger HS, two additional staff members and a student from Salem Hyde and a bus attendant all test positive for COVID-19.  The bus attendant’s routes included STEM at Blodgett and Webster Elementary School. As a result, Henninger will be having remote instruction for the next week.  There will be no in-person instruction for any students and staff for one week at Henninger.  ... more >>
SCSD Teachers Create Engaging Lessons through Virtual Instruction SCSD Teachers Create Engaging Lessons through Virtual Instruction: At McKinley-Brighton, students may be learning virtually, but third grade teacher Melanie Amodio made it a priority to help students feel as if they were right there with her in the classroom.   “During our collaborative Teams meetings, we have created an environment that is welcoming and interactive,” Mrs. Amodio explained. “I treat my virtual class as if they are right here with me. We continue to take ‘brain breaks,’ incorporate Granny’s Wacky Prizes, ... more >>
Clary, Lincoln Receivership Hearings Scheduled Clary, Lincoln Receivership Hearings Scheduled: School Receivership Information Sessions have been announced for Clary Middle School and Lincoln Middle School. Attending these meetings will help you better understand how receivership will impact the operation of your child's school and will allow you to ask any questions you may have.  Both hearings will be held on October 22, 2020 at 5 pm, and they will be virtual. Families interested in joining the virtual hearings will be able to find a link from the Clary and Lincoln school ... more >>
Salem Hyde to Switch to Remote Learning for All Students Salem Hyde to Switch to Remote Learning for All Students: All students attending Salem Hyde Elementary School will be utilizing remote learning for the next two weeks beginning on Tuesday, October 13, 2020.  On Friday we were notified that there was a staff member at Salem Hyde Elementary School that has tested positive for COVID-19 and we have now learned from the Onondaga County Health Department that there are other staff members who are now also positive.    As a result of this, we will be implementing virtual learning ... more >>
Salem Hyde Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID Salem Hyde Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID: October 9, 2020 Dear Syracuse City School District Families and Staff,  Today, an employee at Salem Hyde Elementary School reported that they have tested positive for COVID-19. The school building was disinfected and sanitized last night, as it is every night, and the employee did not report to work today after testing positive.   We notified the Onondaga County Health Department immediately upon learning of this positive diagnosis and they have begun ... more >>

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