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Community Action School (CAS) was founded in 1994 with the mission of providing a supportive, rigorous educational program for a diverse learning community. The program has won numerous awards and has consistently been one of the top-performing schools in New York City, as measured by growth in student achievement.

An extensive enrichment program, including more than ten after school clubs and a three-day environmental studies camping trip for seventh grade students, supplements its challenging, standards-driven curriculum.


  • Center for Social and Emotional Education (CSEE) 'School of the Year' in recognition for its exceptional social/emotional education program

  • PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians and Gays) 'School of the Year' award for its top-notch tolerance and anti-bullying program

  • National Center for Learning Disabilities “School of the Year” for its pioneering full-inclusion special education program.


  • Rigorous and challenging for all learners

  • Comprehensive Literacy program with an emphasis on reading and writing skills partnered with a teacher-created Independent Reading program

  • Algebra Regents

  • Living Environment Regents

  • Social Studies Passport

  • Restorative Circles (Social Emotional Learning)

  • Renovated Art room with full programming for 6th and 7th Graders

  • Accelerated Programs:

    • All 8th-grade students are enrolled in Algebra I (Math) and Living Environment (Science) Regents courses enabling them to be promoted with high school credits in two subjects.


  • Cross-country running

  • Soccer

  • Boys & girls BB

  • Martial arts

  • Baseball

  • Photography

  • Visual arts

  • Drama

  • Community Service

  • Saturday Academy

  • Hunter Learning Lab


The school receives support from its many collaborations with community-based and university-affiliated organizations, including:

PFLAG, New York Road Runners Club, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The New Victory Theatre, SMILE NY (on-site dental services), Warby Parker (free glasses for students)

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