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The Syracuse City School District educates more than 21,000 students each day, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. With 4 out of 5 students coming from economically disadvantaged families, we’re embracing the challenge of giving all of our students a vibrant education with new urgency.


We transport more than 15,000 students to and from school on a daily basis, ensuring that our students have a safe and reliable way to get to school and school-related activities.


Thanks to the Community Eligibility Provision, an agreement with the New York State Department of Education Child Nutrition Administration, all students in Syracuse City schools receive free breakfast and lunch each day. On a daily basis, we serve more than 10,000 breakfasts and 16,000 lunches. Participation in the USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at select SCSD schools also helps ensure that our students are receiving fresh and nutritious meals!


Our students are diverse, and we are proud to celebrate our #SCSDDiversity. More than 70 languages are spoken in the Syracuse City School District, and our students come from more than 60 countries. Our Department of English as a New Language (ENL), World Languages and Bilingual Education offers ENL programs in 26 schools. World Language classes are offered in 18 schools and offerings include Arabic, French, Spanish and American Sign Language. Our district even offers two bilingual education programs, housed at Seymour Dual Language Academy and Delaware Primary School!


In the Syracuse City School District, we also recognize the value in encouraging students to pursue their passions beyond academics. We offer more than 100 athletic team options to students in grades 7-12, which approximately 4,000 students take part in annually. Our Athletics programs aim to stress discipline, enjoyment, competition, teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship.


Our Fine Arts programming includes both the visual and performing arts. At a high school level, students are offered a variety of courses in 2D and 3D art, as well as opportunities to take college-level courses through Syracuse University. Students at all grade levels are encouraged to take part in the dramatic and musical arts, and the SCSD music department offers general, choral and instrumental opportunities to all students. Our general Fine Arts curriculum is also enhanced by partnerships with community agencies including the Everson Museum of Art, the Community Folk Art Center, Onondaga Community College, the Open Hand Theater, Redhouse Arts Center, Syracuse Stage and Syracuse University.


Click here to read our new five-year strategic plan, which outlines our Mission, Vision and Priorities. Here in the SCSD, we’re Building Our Future as our students strive for #SCSDSuccess!




The Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central (ITC) offers an innovative approach to learning, where students may enter the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) program. This grant-funded partnership allows students to earn their high school diploma, an associates degree and be the first in line for entry-level positions within their major. Students at P-TECH are matched with a corporate mentor, take traditional high school classes and also college classes, and gain professional work experience – all during their high school years!

Syracuse Latin

The Syracuse Latin School employs a classical education model where students work at an accelerated pace in a content-rich, integrated approach that allows them to make connections between multiple content areas. At The Syracuse Latin School, the study of world classical languages begins in Kindergarten; students explore content in-depth through interactive, project-based learning; and a commitment to community service and exposure to the fine arts serve as creative building blocks for student development.

Montessori at LeMoyne

The Montessori School at LeMoyne aims to nurture a child’s intellectual, social and emotional development. Students collaborate and learn with others in multi-age classrooms; explore curriculum using hands-on, self-correcting materials; exercise freedom of choice to develop self-discipline, confidence and intrinsic motivation; and practice social responsibility and self-awareness to contribute to a positive, peaceful climate and culture.


At the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler, students can choose from some of the nation’s most cutting-edge, high-growth career fields, including Geospatial, Cybersecurity, Cosmetology, EMT, Forensic Science and more. Through internships, mentoring and workplace experience, students can become eligible for industry-recognized certification – and earn college credits while still in high school!


Delaware Primary

Delaware Primary offers a dual language, bilingual educational program in Spanish and English to our school community. Delaware Primary has “two-way immersion” dual language classes, where half the students are from Spanish-speaking homes and half are from English-speaking homes. The program is specifically structured to develop children’s oral language, reading, writing and self-awareness of language in both English and Spanish throughout the elementary grades.


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CTE Programs

The mission of Career and Technical Education (CTE) is to empower all students through innovative partnerships that build technical, academic and professional leadership skills for college and career success. The SCSD currently offers more than 25 CTE programs!


Personalized Learning

The District is integrating a personalized learning model of instruction, allowing instruction to be targeted to each student’s strengths, needs and interests. By utilizing digital content, each student can work on what they need at their own pace. The teacher can utilize the data provided by the digital content to quickly assess gaps in skills and understanding and intervene as needed with small group instruction or by stretching students who have achieved mastery.


Our six Pathways in Technology Early College High School programs (P-TECH) are offered in three of our high school buildings. These programs represent a new type of school: one that brings together the best elements of high school, college and the professional world. P-TECH programs allow students to earn a high school diploma, an associate’s degree and gain relevant work experience, all in a six-year period. Graduates of our P-TECH programs are able to leave school with the skills and knowledge they need in order to continue their studies or step right into competitive jobs. P-TECH pathways train students to become Clinical Laboratory Technicians, Mechanical Engineers, Electrical Engineers and more. Our two newest programs – at the Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler High School – expose students to Computer Information Systems and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems. These programs are all innovative, forward thinking and are designed to give our students a head start when it comes to both continuing their education and entering the workforce.

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