The Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Charter School (SASCCS) offers area students the best aspects of public and private education. Our tuition-free program offers the small classes and college preparatory programs of a private academy to students who would otherwise be financially constricted to a traditional public school. Through our focus on citizenship, students are given the opportunity to learn and grow into involved, caring citizens with a keen sense of social awareness and community responsibility.
In tandem with our rigorous academic program, we offer students a range of ways to develop into adults who think critically and creatively, are committed to a lifetime of learning and civic involvement, and are conscious of local, global, and environmental issues.
Our emphasis on citizenship and volunteerism includes a high school graduation requirement of minimum 225 hours of community service. These hands-on activities help students become better real-life problem-solvers, and that typically results in better performance in their academic work. Students who do community service and volunteer also are seen as more dependable and responsible as they apply to college or the workplace. The immediate benefit to the community, meanwhile, is clear: As students participate in community service, they become more aware of the issues facing their region and become an active part of the solution.
In the classroom, SASCCS faculty members have established an intensive academic curriculum to prepare students for a positive collegiate experience. With a 1:12 teacher-to-student ratio (two teachers in a classroom), students enjoy the benefits of personalized attention. At least one fieldtrip every month from Baltimore Woods to Erie Museum students will get exposed to many places and activities. Our character education program teaches our diverse student body the universally recognized values of honesty, stewardship, kindness, generosity, courage, freedom, justice, equality, citizenship and respect.
Teachers also encourage their students to participate in local and national festivals and competitions. Advanced math and science teams train for all levels of competition, and students participate in the Science Olympiad, CNY SEF, Science Bowl, Odyssey of the Mind, Spelling Bee, Robotics in VEX, and Math COUNTS in the Central New York region. SASCCS also offers its own Festival for the Liberal Arts and Sciences.
In a world of constantly changing educational and technological needs, the Syracuse Academy of Science and Citizenship Charter School strives to prepare today's youth to take on the challenges of tomorrow with confidence and integrity.