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Superintendent’s Message”
June 13, 2016

Dr. Edward Placke

Welcome to the end of another incredible, and extremely busy school year at Greenburgh North Castle UFSD. I am proud to be able to serve the wonderful students across our four Academies and the entire District community.

Our students have had a remarkable year as they prepare for the Regents examinations and in many cases graduation. This would have not been possible without our committed and enthusiastic staff who work tirelessly to provide an education that will ultimately prepare our students to successfully cross the “Bridge to Adulthood.” As I reflect on another school year I think about the fun, hard work, the obstacles our students have overcome and the victories we have celebrated together. A sample of these victories include the launching of our first AP course (Studio Art), enrollment of students in on-line college courses, art festivals, a championship varsity basketball team, improved Regents examinations results, the Andrus Nursing Home CDOS program, a comprehensive CDOS curriculum and an increased access to instructional technology.  

During the last seven years we have accomplished a great deal to improve each of our Academies. However, we still have much to accomplish as we prepare for the 2016-17 school year and beyond. The focus for the upcoming school year includes but limited to improving results on Regents examinations, enhancing both social skills and Career Development and Occupational Skills (CDOS) and maximizing the use of technology.

To all of our students, teachers, administrators, staff and parents, “Thank you” for another excellent school year and my best wishes for a safe, restful and fun-filled summer.


Ed Placke, Ed.D.

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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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