McCarthy at Beard School

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Lisa Upton
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
Meet the New Principal: Dr. Robert Chalwell Meet the New Principal: Dr. Robert Chalwell: Tell us a little about yourself!    I’ve had connections to Syracuse for about 10 years, even though I’ve only lived here for about three. My sister lived here and went to Syracuse University for her Ph.D. so my daughter and I visited her regularly during her time here.   My background is varied. My Ph.D. is in Political Science, and I have taught both music and social studies. I’ve served as a professor at several colleges and universities, and I currently ... more >>
SCSD Website Back Online SCSD Website Back Online: On Monday, July 9th, the district experienced a cyber-event in which our computer files and systems were inoperable.  We have been working with cyber security and law enforcement professionals to restore our systems.  We have restored some of our back end systems (human relations, payroll, student management) and are still working on more public facing systems like the email system.  At this time, we have no indication that any data was compromised but rather the attack ... more >>
SyraFuse Program Helps Encourage Innovative Instruction in the SCSD SyraFuse Program Helps Encourage Innovative Instruction in the SCSD: Personal engagement in learning, with the encouragement of invested adults, helps our students to develop a greater sense of self-efficacy to pursue their life-long goals.   Effective classroom teachers have always personalized learning.   Now we can and will empower them with curriculum, pedagogy, tools and resources specifically designed to support personalization of each student’s learning.   One of the priorities of the Syracuse City School District’s ... more >>
Coaching Culture in the Syracuse City School District Leads to Increased Teacher Support – and Retention Coaching Culture in the Syracuse City School District Leads to Increased Teacher Support – and Retention: Growing up in Saratoga Springs, New York, Kathryn Mansfield knew she wanted to be a teacher. Her grandparents and aunts were teachers, and she constantly heard stories about the difference they made in students’ lives.   In high school, Kathryn volunteered as a tutor to English as a New Language students while their parents were learning English. In college at SUNY Cortland, she entered the Cortland Urban Recruitment of Educators (C.U.R.E.) program, which placed her as a student teacher ... more >>
Farmer’s Markets Encourage SCSD Students to Make Healthy Choices Farmer’s Markets Encourage SCSD Students to Make Healthy Choices: Students at LeMoyne, Roberts, Frazer, Van Duyn, Delaware, Bellevue, Huntington, HW Smith, Seymour, Dr. Weeks, Meachem and Dr. King had the opportunity to try new fresh fruits and vegetables this year, thanks to Farmer’s Markets in their school buildings!   In partnership with the Onondaga County Health Department, the American Heart Association and other community agencies, students were able to select and sample their own bag of fresh produce.   “It is our hope that ... more >>

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