About Our District
Syracuse is changing.
In the last two decades, we’ve gained a richly diverse student body. Today, you’ll hear 70 languages spoken in our schools, from Spanish and Somali to Arabic and Burmese.
With 4 in 5 students from low-income families, we’re embracing the challenge of giving all our students a vibrant education with new urgency. We’re going big. Through our ambitious five-year strategic plan, Great Expectations, we have positioned ourselves not just for change, but for transformation.
In order to deliver great results for our students, we must all expect great things from ourselves as educators, and great things from our team. We need teachers who thrive on urban education, leaders who can rally schools that are facing big challenges, central administrators who have the vision and determination to chart a new course, and support team members who are the best at what they do.
In short, we want people who are all in.
Our goal is to become the most improved urban district, but we know the road is long. When measured against rigorous standards for college and career readiness, fewer than one in ten of our students are proficient in reading and math, and half are graduating high school on time.
Rather than deterring us, the urgency of that challenge animates our days. We’re helping teachers reach their full potential through richer feedback, new opportunities to develop and grow, and greater pay for exceptional performance. And we’re supporting students on the path to college, in partnership with Say Yes to Education.
It’s an exciting time for our schools and our city. If you’re energized by our ambitious goals, and committed to charting a new future for Syracuse, join us.
Syracuse City School District
Life in Syracuse
For people who are passionate about urban education, Syracuse offers a unique mix: the rewards of teaching a diverse population with the high standard of living of a smaller city.
That’s the reason so many long-time Syracuse residents have committed themselves to this work. And it’s why many others have joined us from other nearby urban districts, including Baltimore, Boston, New York City and Washington, D.C.
Syracuse transplants say they’re surprised by the energy, culture and friendliness of the college town. Residents enjoy the nearby nature, with weekend trips to the Finger Lakes wine region, Adirondack Mountains and Montreal. And everyone enjoys the mix of competitive salaries and low cost of living.