Dr. Edward Placke

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Superintendent’s Message”
March 24, 2015

Dr. Edward Placke

Spring is finally here and my hope is that the snow and ice is only a distant memory.  Thank you to the Academy administrators and those staff that contributed to successful open houses in each of the four Academies. If one or more of your child's teachers were not in attendance during open house you will receive their email address to communicate with them.

One of the many highlights of the open houses was at Greenburgh Academy. They had an art exhibit coordinated by Ms. Jessica Fuentes, art teacher, that featured the artwork of many of our students. The exhibit demonstrated the remarkable skills of our students as well as the outstanding training that Ms. Fuentes has provided.

Another highlight this week was the start of the Greenburgh Academy trip to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. Six students are touring Eastern Europe with Mr. Hislop, social worker and Ms. Evans, teaching assistant. The students in conjunction with Mr. Hislop and Ms. Evans fund raised to make this trip a reality.  They will be touring museums, castles and historical landmarks as well as become acquainted with the various traditions of these three countries. Thank you to those family members and staff who contributed to this "life changing" experience.

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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 (http://stchristophersinc.org/).

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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