SAS Atoms


Syracuse Academy of Science Charter School offers an interscholastic athletic program with educational values consistent with the academic philosophy for our students. The focus is on the development of the individual, as well as fostering an atmosphere of teamwork, citizenship, and good sportsmanship. In addition, the program emphasizes discipline, respect, leadership, loyalty, and cooperation.

A variety of programs are provided based on student interest, participation, and developmental needs. SASCS offers qualified coaches who are positive role models with an enthusiastic attitude about working with student-athletes. The environment created provides the opportunity for athletes to bring together home, school, and community as an integral part of the curriculum successfully.Our athletes are scholars first and a GPA of 2.5 must be maintained to remain eligible to participate in competition.

The Atoms and Lady Atoms compete in Section III of the Onondaga High School League of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.


The Atoms home court is “The Lab,” located at the high school. The high school also boasts a comprehensive training room including weights and cardiovascular equipment to ensure athletes maintain their competitive edge year round


Athletics Director

Mr. Onur Gokce, known on campus as Coach Onur, holds a Master’s degree in Sports Management from SUNY Cortland as well as a permanent coaching certificate. Coach Onur is also the head coach for the Atoms Boys Varsity Basketball team.

Coach Onur is a two-time Section III coach of the year and he was named New York State Coach of the Year for the 2010-11 season. Coach Onur is an avid sports fan and athlete committed to using athletics as tool to improve academic performance and character building. His resume also includes a professional basketball career.

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