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About Ed Smith School


Ed Smith School on the East Side of the Syracuse City School District serves about 700 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade, and about 36 children in its two full-day pre-Kindergarten classrooms. While the elementary (K-5) and middle school (6-8) students share a building on the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Broad Street (due to re-open in Fall 2019 following renovations), the pre-K program is located in the Sumner building on Basset Street.

Over the decades, Ed Smith School earned a national reputation as an innovative pioneer in inclusive education. Ed Smith remains committed to providing a quality education to all students, drawing on highly experienced staff and teachers, not only in Special Education and elementary education, but also in Art, Music, Physical Education, and English as a New Language. The middle school has teachers certified in English, Social Studies, Math/Algebra, Science/Living Environment, Spanish, Design and Modeling, Technology, and Family and Consumer Science.

Ed Smith has a long tradition of teaching children about issues of social justice, and service learning remains a priority at every grade level. For instance, Kindergarteners have made sandwiches and place mats for the Samaritan Center and 6th graders have written cards for children affected by gun violence.

Thanks to a federal grant, Ed Smith families currently have access to an on-site, free-of-charge morning care and after-school program that operates four days a week from mid-October through May. Thanks to another federal grant, all SCSD children are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch at school, regardless of household income.

Ed Smith benefits from its proximity to and collaboration with the Syracuse University School of Education through professional development opportunities, teacher interns, and special grant-funded initiatives enhancing classroom instruction. Like all public schools in New York State, it adheres to the Common Core curriculum and measures learning progress through periodic Star and ANet tests as well as annual NYS Assessments in ELA and Math in grades 3-8 and in Science in grades 4 and 8.

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular options for upper elementary and middle students include the Notables and Crescendos choirs, Orchestra, Band, Drum Line, Ski Club, Tech Club, and Chess Club. Middle schoolers can also get involved in the annual musical, Debate Club, Book Club, Yearbook Club, Kilo Watch (environmental education), and the WEB (Where Everyone Belongs) leadership and peer support program. Middle school modified sports usually include Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swim Team, Track, and Volleyball. Ed Smith students typically excel in city-wide and regional Science Fairs, chess competitions, and a wide variety of other activities, ranging from circus performance and street painting to speed skating and robotics challenges at the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST).

High School Choice

After completing 8th grade, students historically would transition to nearby Nottingham High School; currently, however, they may choose to attend any of the city’s high schools that matches their academic and career preferences. In 2019, high school options included:

For the most current information about High Schools, please visit the SCSD website.

For information about the history of the school building, visit this page.