Dr. Edward Placke

View the Trip pictures and Trip log while Greenburgh Academy was in Eastern Europe.


Superintendent’s Message”
April 15, 2015


Dr. Edward Placke


I hope you are enjoying the first breath of spring. Our staff and students from Greenburgh Academy recently returned from their Eastern European trip. They flew into Moscow and then changed planes and arrived at their first destination; the capital of Latvia, Riga. Our “travelers” then visited a number of historical sites and memorials. The next stop was Tallinn, Estonia. The highlight of this visit was touring the Tallinn Occupation Museum. The museum featured artifacts from both the German and Soviet “occupation” of Estonia.
After returning from Estonia, the “travelers” visited Vilnius, the Capital of Lithuania. They spent the day walking through the town of Vilnius which included two Nazi concentration camps. The “travelers” then returned to Latvia and participated in several tours including a visit to the Mystery House Logic Game. The “Home” provided a KGB spy simulation that offered clues to solve a variety of espionage related challenges.

After five exciting days of tours, visits, shopping, fine meals, hotel living and a great deal of travel, both in the air and on the ground, the “travelers” returned from what some may call “an experience of a lifetime”. A special thank you to Mr. Hislop, Ms. Evans and Ms. Keenan for their time, energy and vision that made the Eastern European trip a rousing success. I look forward to our students’ next adventure

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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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