Mission & History
The Syracuse Academy of Science provides support, challenges and opportunities for its students, and it instills the necessary skills and knowledge in math, science, and technology that empower students, with high intellectual standards, preparing them for college, career, and citizenship.
The Syracuse Academy of Science seeks to graduate students who can think critically and creatively, who are committed to a lifetime of learning and civic involvement,
and who are conscious of local, global, and environmental issues.
Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School was founded in 2003 by faculty at Syracuse University. In its opening year, the charter served grades 7-9. The school reached its goal of offering K-12 public, tuition-free education to the Syracuse community in 2010.
Syracuse Academy graduated its inaugural class in 2007 and has since reveled in their successes first as college students, then career-men and women, and most of all as valued citizens. 2014 marked the eighth graduating class from the Academy with students attending higher education institutions such as The George Washington University, University of Rochester and Syracuse University. The Academy is proud to boast a graduation rate that outperforms local districts as well as New York State averages.
The School welcomed Director, Dr. Tolga Hayali in 2008. Hayali was vital in expanding the curriculum, and creating growth and awareness of the charter within the Syracuse community. Under Dr. Hayali’s leadership, Syracuse Academy: opened both its elementary school and middle school campuses; debuted the SUNY Oswego Summer Science Immersion program (a residential program for rising sophomores and juniors); and was replicated in Utica, NY as Utica Academy of Science Charter School in 2013 serving grades 6-9.
Dr. Hayali was promoted to Superintendent of the Science Academies of New York Charter Schools in 2013. This appointment included the Syracuse Academy of Science and the Utica Academy of Science, as well as any future institutions.
After more than a decade as a vibrant member of the Central New York community, we firmly believe there are no boundaries as to what can be achieved when students, their families, teachers, and the community work together toward success and the greater good. Syracuse Academy of Science looks forward to serving the Syracuse, NY community and providing a private-school education in a public-school setting for decades to come.