STEAM High School



There are a number of schools across the State that are STEM focused but very few with a STEAM focus. By adding in the arts we are opening up this new school to an entirely different group of young scholars.



Jody Manning,
STEAM High school Consultant


June 20

NYS Legislature authorizes first Regional STEAM High School

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Jan 6

Governor Andrew Cuomo approves $75 M for Syracuse STEAM High School

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Apr 13

Amazon donates $1.75 M to support robotics and computer science initiatives in the new STEAM School

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Apr 16

CenterState CEO, MACNY, NYSSMA, City of Syracuse distribute program needs assessment survey

July 28

Regional STEAM high school kick-off event held. Academic program design committees created

Oct 19

Academic program design committees begin curriculum development



Visual Arts
2D & 3D Art, Media


Entertainment Engineering
Production Management., Sound and Lighting Design, Stage Craft, CAD, Costume Design


Automation Controls Engineering, Programmable Logic Controls

Data Analytics
Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS), Engineering, Data Engineering

Performing Arts
Theater/ Technology, Dance, Music/ Recording


Media Technology and Design 
Graphic Design, Gaming, Web Design, Animation,
Film and Video Production, Digital Photography, Commercial Art/Advertising


Construction Management
Construction Engineering, Systems & Building Design, Civil Engineering, Green Technology, Fabrication Lab

Business Entrepreneurship
Finance, Venture Planning, Startup Challenges, Legal


It will be the first collaborative school of its kind in Central New York.



The city of Syracuse, the Syracuse City School District, Onondaga County and Onondaga, Cortland and Madison County BOCES are collaborating on the region's first ever STEAM high school. The high school will offer a rigorous academic curriculum with a focus on STEAM. The school will be open to students from the SCSD as well as from the OCM BOCES component school districts.


A key element to the success of the high school will be the business partnerships. In Central New York there is a unique opportunity for collaboration amongst all stakeholders with an interest in a thriving urban core. Working in collaboration with CenterState CEO and MACNY, this high school will bring together the top companies and arts organizations in the respective fields of STEAM. These industry leaders will provide us with their expertise as well as in areas of mentoring, internships and job shadows.


Central New York’s colleges and universities have some of the greatest resources available in all of the STEAM disciplines. Our students will be able to take advantage of these resources and in some cases take college courses alongside university and college students.


This project will bring back to life one of the most iconic physical structures in downtown Syracuse. Built in the early 1900’s, the former Central High School contains some of the original woodwork and ornate interior design. The Italian marble floors in the entry-way and four cast iron stair ways are in wonderful shape and cannot be found in any other schoolschool building in the region.



Perhaps the most well-known part of the school is Lincoln Auditorium. During the expansion of the auditorium in 1930 the school district consulted with one of the premier acoustics experts in the country. Acoustically, the Lincoln Auditorium is the finest auditorium in the region. It has hosted a bevy of headliners in the music industry and the Syracuse Symphony called the venue home for many years.




Designed by the gifted and prolific local architect, Archimedes Russell, beginning in 1899, the school opened in 1903. The style is Neo-classical and Beaux-Arts with elaborate brick and limestone facades, balustrades, Ionic columns and arched windows. The interior features broad halls, oak wainscoting, wood floors, and stairways of worked iron and oak banisters.   
In 1929, New York City architect, Albert Brockway, was hired to design the South Annex and remodel Lincoln Auditorium to improve the acoustics. He brought in acoustical expert, Vern O. Knudsen from the University of California, Los Angeles. Brockway designed a 3,500-seat auditorium with a vaulted ceiling embellished with raised panels of acoustical plaster. There were Art Deco wall panels, lamps, and a chandelier.  
After that, Lincoln Auditorium became nationally known for its acoustical excellence and it served as the long-time home of the Syracuse Symphony. It also played host to some of the most famous musicians in history like George Gershwin, the Russian pianist, composer, and conductor, Rachmaninoff, and African American opera soprano, Marion Anderson. It was also the stage for many famous guest lecturers, the first of which was American explorer Admiral Richard E. Byrd. 
In 1959, the east (rear) façade was added. The building functioned as a school until 1975 and graduated a total of 19,680 students. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981. 

School News
View the STEAM School Kickoff Presentation (July 28, 2021) View the STEAM School Kickoff Presentation (July 28, 2021): On July 28, 2021, Syracuse City School District Superintendent Jaime Alicea joined community partners at SUNY-ESF to share a presentation about the kickoff of the regional STEAM school. To view the presentation in its entirety, please click here! more >>
Amazon Donates $1.75 million to New, Collaborative STEAM High School Amazon Donates $1.75 million to New, Collaborative STEAM High School: announced in April 2021 that it would donate $1.75 million toward Onondaga County’s new STEAM high school.   With the company’s new robotics fulfillment center coming to the county this fall, a project that will create more than 1,000 local jobs, Amazon is furthering its commitment to STEM education by investing in the community and giving students tools to build their best future. Amazon’s donation will fund robotics and computer science initiatives at the ... more >>

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