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Superintendent’s Message”
Novemeber 9, 2015

Dr. Edward Placke

For the first time in the history of Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District, our students received the opportunity to participate in a Varsity Football program, thanks to the athletic merger with Hastings-On-Hudson Union Free School District.  The seven student athletes, RaVonne Acosta, Quinten Daniels, Tydrell Green, Hashim Saunders, Zolin Smith, Raymond Velez, and Marcos Veloz started their training in the spring of 2015, went through double session practices in the summer, and finished with a rigorous 8 game schedule starting in the first week of September, and ending last week.  These students learned many valuable skills from participating, including discipline, commitment, responsibility, teamwork, integrity, perseverance, sportsmanship, and accountability, to name just a few.  All of which can be translated into their everyday lives.
The Hastings-On-Hudson community welcomed our students with open arms, and literally into their homes for team breakfasts, lunches and dinners.  They treated our students no different than if they were their children.  I couldn’t be prouder about the dedication, commitment and determination that our young men showed throughout the course of the season.  They represented Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District, and themselves, very well. 

Dr. Edward Placke

(Pictured Above:  Greenburgh Academy student Raymond Velez sacking the Palisades Prep QB en route to a victory)




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District Description

The Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District (GNC UFSD) is an approved New York State public school district. GNC UFSD is comprised of four alternative junior/high schools educating students in grades 7-12 and ages 12-21. The following are the schools and their locations: Greenburgh Academy (Yonkers), Kenneth B. Clark Academy (Dobbs Ferry), Kaplan Career Academy (New Windsor) and REACH Academy (West Harrison).

GNC UFSD educates students who have found little success in their school districts, BOCES and/or private schools. The focus of each Academy is to provide a highly individualized education that prepares students for the next best opportunity; may it be return to their home school district or graduation from one of the Academies, including transition to college, career and technical school, the military, supportive employment and/or competitive employment. 

REACH Academy provides state-of-the-art education to students on the spectrum, as well as students who are dually diagnosed. Whereas Greenburgh Academy, Kaplan Career Academy and Kenneth B. Clark Academy educate students who have learning and behavioral challenges. All four Academies offer IEP based related services that include speech, counseling, occupational therapy and specialized reading support. Additionally, interscholastic athletics, intramural athletics and clubs are offered in each Academy. 

Greenburgh Academy only enrolls students who commute daily whereas the other three Academies enroll students who commute and/or board. St. Christopher’s Inc. provides the residential programming for each of the three aforementioned Academies.  The education program for each student is well integrated with the residential program. For more information regarding St. Christopher's, Inc. and the residential program please see their website (

GNC UFSD has documented an 80% graduation rate over the past four years with over 40% of our graduates attending college.  The key to our students' success has been an integrative approach to education that emphasizes academics, social skills, ethics and careers.  As of the 2015-16 school year the four Academies will place a greater focus on Career Development and Occupational Skills (CDOS). The following career areas are being considered and expanded: culinary arts, cosmetology, business, driver's education, art and music. For referral information please contact Dr. Robin Levine at 914-798-7200 ext.2232 regarding day placement and for residential placement please contact either Jill Bergner, Director of Intake, at 914-693-3030 ext. 2037 or Karen Safris, Supervisor of Intake, at 914-949-0665 ext. 2301.





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