Promising Futures Leadership Academy (9-12)

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Margaret Taru
Vice Principal
Rick Linzy
DASA Coordinator
Rick Linzy
Guidance Office 
(315) 435-4866
Main Office
(315) 435-4135
School Address 
573 E. Genesee St., 13202. | Syracuse, NY 13202
School Hours
8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Breakfast: 7:45 a.m.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the staff at Promising Futures Leadership Academy (“Promises”), I am excited to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year! We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure that your child can achieve his/her greatest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities with our dedication of service to provide each student with an individualized academic and social-emotional plan.   
I have been dedicated to the field of education for going on 21 years, approximately 19 years in the Syracuse City School District.   Most recently, I served as Principal of PSLA at Fowler High School.  Prior to coming back to the Syracuse City School District (I was a 1994 graduate of Henninger High School), I went to Norfolk State University on an Athletic Scholarship and taught in the Norfolk Public School System.  I have earned degrees from Norfolk State University and Syracuse University. 
Because you are your child’s greatest advocate and teacher, we ask that you continue to guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:

  1. Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience
  2. Completes all homework assignments given by teachers  
  3. Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills
  4. Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life
  5. Informs you if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject
  6. Is familiar with his/her rights and responsibilities as explained in the Code of Conduct.

I look forward to leading the Promising Futures Leadership Academy community and collaborating with you. This year, Mr. Rick Linzy, Vice Principal and musician extraordinaire, joins. Classes begin at 8:00 am each morning.  Students may enter at 7:45 am each morning so that students have time to take part in our free breakfast program; there will be paperwork sent home that will require some basic information and your signature for this program.  The regular school day ends for students at 2:00pm. Students in good standing may take buses to their home schools if they are taking part in clubs, sports, etc. Their participation must be acceptable at their home schools and at “Promises” (this is based upon the requirements set forth by the Athletic Directors and the Syracuse City School District Board of Education expectations for participation in extra-curricular activities).

Please view our school web page, Twitter, Newsletters, and other forms of communication to stay informed about the wonderful academic, informative, and celebratory events happening at Promising Futures Leadership Academy.  If you have questions, concerns or simply wish to introduce yourself to me directly, please feel free to contact me at 315-435-4135.

Curriculum Night will be held October 8th 5:30-7:00 pm. We will also have small snacks available, as well.

Thank you in advance for your support as we continue to work in the best interest of all children.


Margaret E. McRobbie Taru


What is the Promising Futures Leadership Academy? 

There are many reasons that learning may become a challenge for any student.

Promising Futures Leadership Academy is an opportunity available to students who may be having difficulty academically or socially in their current school. Thrive in a new environment with the supports you need to succeed!

New Environment

Small classes, Hands on learning, Individualized learning plan

Ready for Success 

Leadership training, Internships


Mental health support


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) 435-4135 and ask to speak with a Social Worker for more information and assistance.