CNYACS will offer an academic program and curriculum aligned to the NYS Next Generation learning standards in all content areas that will increase the performance, and proficiency levels of every student within two (2) years of satisfactory consistent attendance. 


CNYACS will implement a rigorous, supportive SEL (Social/Emotional Learning) program that will develop each students’ self awareness, self management, social awareness, relationship skills and ability to make responsible decisions. Our goal is to develop productive members of society who are critical thinkers, motivated leaders, and lifelong learners.

Student Schedules

 CNYACS will focus on an approach to teaching that supports and nurtures all areas of children’s development and learning–from social-emotional and cognitive skills to literacy, math, and science understanding. In addition to courses in all the required subject areas, all students will participate in music, art, dance and foreign language classes.

Parent Participation

What’s the most accurate predictor of academic achievement?  It’s not socioeconomic status, nor how prestigious the school is that a child attends. The best predictor of student success is the extent to which parents/guardians encourage learning at home and involve themselves in their child’s education. When parents are engaged in their children’s school lives, students develop a lifelong love of learning. CNYACS will provide support for all parents/guardians to fully participate in the education process.

Student Support

All students who require academic support will receive services in the least restrictive environment (Inclusion Model). Inclusion integrates children with disabilities into mainstream classrooms. Students who speak English as their second language will receive daily academic support from a certified ENL teacher while participating with their academic peers.


“Partnering with Communities” is our school’s motto. CNYACS will provide  Health and Wellness services within the school to address the health needs of our students and the community. CNYACS will build a community of families, students and faculty through monthly community engagement activities to bridge the gap between the school and the community.This will allow CNYACS to educate, nurture and develop real-time communication between all stakeholders that will provide guidance for developing community health/wellness outreach.

Our Mission

 The mission of Central New York Academy Charter School is directly aligned with the mission of the 100 Black Men of Syracuse, to improve the quality of life for students in the greater Syracuse community through education, mentorship, core values and service. The CNYACS will provide all students with educational opportunities that are directly aligned with the NYS Next Generation Standards in all content areas, rigorous and student centered. All students will be provided with mentorship opportunities that will foster an environment of community service and academic excellence. The core values will be promoted in all aspects of the school environment. 

The mission of  CENTRAL NEW YORK ACADEMY Charter School is to ensure academic improvement and a better quality of life for students in the Greater Syracuse Community through education, mentorship, core values and service. CENTRAL NEW YORK ACADEMY Charter School believes that in order for this concept to be achieved, all students must be able to compete globally. Our student-centered program of studies will foster the academic and personal growth necessary to meet or exceed the state standards, as well as, develop productive members of society who are critical thinkers, motivated leaders, and lifelong learners.


M-F: 8am – 3:30pm

Focus Driven Learning

Creating an atmosphere of positive influence is at the core of everything we do at CNYA.

We want our students to feel comfortable, safe, and happy when they walk through our doors. We want them to be excited about coming to school every day.

We want them to feel that their voices are heard and valued. We want them to be inspired by their teachers and peers. And we want them to know that they can achieve anything they set their minds on.

The Central New York Academy Charter School will implement NYS Standards based curriculums in all content areas that will address the following:

  • Meeting or exceeding proficiency levels on the NYS ELA and Math assessments.
  • Preparing all students for college and/or careers, regardless of challenges.
  • Utilizing innovative teaching methods to accelerate the learning process.
  • Mandatory daily professional development and common planning for all teaching staff.
  • Providing all students with Music, Art, Dance and Foreign Language classes.
  • Informed Parental Engagement/Health and Wellness support for community resident

Why are we doing this?

It will be the first full service educational institution established, maintained and operated by an organization of color, to assist in the education of the learners in this community.

We want to work with all organizations and communities to assist in the education of our students.

This is a community school and will focus on serving the community in its entirety

How will we be different from other schools in the Syracuse area?s.

  • Music. Art, Dance and Foreign Language Instruction for all students
  • Disciplined/Structured Learning Environment
  • Progressive Approach to Project Based Learning
  • A Daily Focus on Core Values/Character Building
  • Exploratory Learning/Exposure to STEAM Curriculum
  • Mandatory Uniform Policy
  • Coordinated Community Based Health/Wellness Activities
  • Mandatory Daily Professional Development
  • Parent Resource Center
  • 100 Black Men of Syracuse providing Mentoring, After School and Summer Programming

School Environment

The Central New York Academy Charter School community’s goal is to create an environment that is physically, emotionally, and intellectually safe, orderly, and conducive for learning, utilizing the following resources.

  • Student/Parent Handbook – Will serve as the School’s Code of Student Conduct and Discipline policy.
  • Providing students with mentors from the 100 Black Men of Syracuse and other community organizations



Addressing Unfinished Learning Due to Covid 19

  • The current health crisis has caused an unprecedented disruption in the education of children throughout the world. The disruption to in-person learning caused many students to experience unfinished learning due to unforeseen circumstances. CNYACS will address this issue by:
  • Stick to grade-level content and instructional rigor.
  • Focus on the depth of instruction, rather than the pace.
  • Prioritize content and learning.
  • Maintain the inclusion of each and every learner.
  • Identify and address gaps in learning through instruction.
  • Focusing on the commonalities students share in this time of crisis, not just on their differences

Our Partnership

The 100 Black Men of Syracuse Inc.  also co-hosts seminars to prepare students and their parents for the college admission and financial aid processes and supports local high school students enrolled in the 100 programs in visiting Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Thanks to the 100’s sponsorship and its partners, students from the Syracuse area have also received full academic scholarships at HBCU schools.

  • Youth Empowerment Programs, a weekly academic program offered throughout the school year for youth in the 4th through 8th grades.
  • Animate Bootcamp, a unique, six-week animation program for students enrolled in the 11th and 12th grades or pursuing a college degree.
  • Life Through My Own Lens, a 12-week program focused on building story-telling and video production skills for 9th to 12th graders.
  • STEM/Robotics classes, a dynamic, creative program that involves learning skills centered on problem-solving and team building. Youth complete projects and compete in competitions.

100 Black Men Inc. and its management partner, Higher Learning Network, have developed a charter school model that focuses on improving the quality of life for students in the greater Syracuse community through education, mentorship, core values and service. The blueprint developed by the 100 and HLN will provide the students of CNY Academy an academic foundation that exceeds New York State standards. More importantly, the students of CNY Academy will have a pathway to grow, achieve and explore academically, socially and emotionally in order to be prepared to compete globally in a rapidly changing world.

Let Us Hear From You

The 100 Black Men of Syracuse Inc. is in the process of applying to open a new Charter School in the Syracuse District. As part of this process we want to get input from the parents and other community stakeholders who will be served by the school. We would appreciate your help by answering a few question in the attached survey.

school hours

M-F: 8am – 3:30pm

Main Contact

Vincent Love


(315) 443-8749