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 
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM




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 Mission Statement
Teach students the skills
necessary for success in all social, emotional, and academic areas of their lives.  All students will gain the skills necessary for healthy and active participation in the community
The Syracuse City School District's McCarthy 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 Serves The
Following Functions:

  • Alternative Special Education Program

  • Diagnostic and  Evaluation Programming Center

  • On site behavioral instruction Support

The McCarthy Program provides specialized psycho educational programming
for students K-12 for a smooth transition to regular
school settings.
Students will learn in a safe and supportive environment in order to develop the academic, social, and emotional skills necessary to then transfer those skills to a less restrictive learning environment.
Expeditionary Learning
Students and Family
Supports are Available
Social Emotional Learning SEL



Crew is a culture that premeates the school and a structure that anchors students in their school community.

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 support that meet your needs.  Please call us at
(315) 435-5855 and ask to speak with a Social worker for mor information and assistance.

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News & Updates
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SCSD Students Celebrate Juneteenth with Essay Contest, Book Readings and More SCSD Students Celebrate Juneteenth with Essay Contest, Book Readings and More: June 19 th , known as Juneteenth and Emancipation Day, marked the end of slavery in the United States in 1865. Today, it serves as a way to honor Black History and reflect on how we can each promote and work for equality for all.   Throughout the SCSD, students and staff engaged in activities to celebrate Juneteenth and learn about the importance of advocating for social justice. Reading Celebration “Who is Opal Lee?” STEAM at Dr. King 4th grade teacher Cynthia Pace asked ... more >>
SCSD Students Receive New York State Lifestyle and Leadership Award SCSD Students Receive New York State Lifestyle and Leadership Award: Eleven SCSD students were recently recognized as exemplary physical education students!   These students were all selected by the New York State Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Central North Zone as winners of the Ideal Health & Physical Education Award. The award recognizes students who demonstrate literacy in physical and sports skills, attendance, perseverance, leadership and positive influence on peers, sportsmanship and citizenship, and more.   ... more >>
SCSD Seniors Named Section III Scholar Athletes SCSD Seniors Named Section III Scholar Athletes: Each year, Section III Athletics honors top senior athletes who excelled both in the classroom and on the playing field. These athletes must play multiple sports and have at least a 90 average. Congratulations to our 2022 Scholar Athletes: from Corcoran, Chadani Timsina and Cole Retzel; from Nottingham, Thomas Carson and Madeline Scott; from ITC, Albatool Al Jiboury and Dondre Baker; from PSLA at Fowler, Adnawmy Serrano-Calderon and Anthony Southammavong; and from Henninger, Nicole Kunzmann and ... more >>
Nottingham Students Break Down Stereotypes with Unified Basketball Team Nottingham Students Break Down Stereotypes with Unified Basketball Team: The Nottingham Unified Basketball team suffered a tough loss against ESM this season.   Senior Muzamil Kaila had played JV and Varsity basketball and football through his high school career – he was used to the feeling of defeat after such a heavy loss. A blanket of sadness and anger would often descend over the teams, he said. But with the Unified team, things were different.   “Right after the game, we were waiting for our bus – it was a little late,” ... more >>

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