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STEAM High School 

The City of Syracuse, the Syracuse City School District, and Onondaga County are teaming up for the area's first-ever STEAM high school. It'll feature a STEAM-focused curriculum and is open to students from SCSD and OCM BOCES component districts.

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Want to learn more in-depth about the STEAM school?
Contact Jody F. Manning, Executive Director/Planning Principal of the STEAM school, at for a personal presentation.

CONCENTRATIONS (Majors & Minors)

Visual Arts
2D & 3D Art, Media

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

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Robotics Automation
Automation Controls Engineering, Programmable Logic Controls

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

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Semiconductor Microchip Technology
Semiconductor Devices, Integrated Circuits, Clean Room, Wafer Fab Processing
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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

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

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Business Entrepreneurship
Finance, Venture Planning, Startup Challenges, Legal

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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. 


Click Here to view photos of Syracuse Central High School. Courtesy of

Click Here to view a video by students from PSLA and ITC of the STEAM school before renovations begin.

STEAM Spring CTE Program Advisory Committee Meetings
We will host the Spring STEAM School Advisory Committee Meeting collectively together on Thursday, March 28, 2024, from 3:00- 4:30, at ITC at Syracuse Central High School, 258 East Adams, Syracuse, NY 13202. 

STEAM School Lease Signed
On June 23, 2022, Mayor Ben Walsh was joined by County Executive Ryan McMahon and SCSD Superintendent Jaime Alicea for the ceremonial signing of the STEAM work and lease agreement, which solidifies the new STEAM school at the old Central Tech High School. Click here to see photos from the signing!
Anthony Q. Davis, Superintendent
725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
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