Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together. 

Jacqueline Woodson, young adult author

Please look below for school tour and open house dates and times
NOTE - our November 12th evening open house has been changed to Tuesday, November 18th because of a conflict with elementary school evening conferences. 

News Flash - The Community Service Club raised $305 dollars at their October 29th bake sale for our sister school in Guatemala. Thank you to the students and families that supported this effort.
Read more about our sister school further down on this page.

The world-famous Martha Graham Dance Company will be performing at Community Action School this Wednesday at 10 a.m. We invite our families and friends to attend. It is a rare opportunity to see a top-notch dance group free of charge and in a school setting. 

Here is some information about the Company Martha Graham Company website.

Chancellor Carmen Fariña visits CAS

This Tuesday, October 14th, we had the pleasure of hosting Chancellor Fariña for a morning visit to our school. In addition to learning about our academic program, Chancellor Fariña had the opportunity to hear about our many after-school and weekend enrichment programs. The above students spoke with the Chancellor about drama, cross country, yoga, soccer, photography, Saturday Academy, Hunter Learning Lab, among others, all activities that provide students with a rich middle school life. 

Here is Chancellor Fariña's write-up on her visit, appearing in her weekly Principals' Notes: 

A thoughtful, personalized and diverse toolkit of interventions await student at MS 258, Community Action School in Manhattan, including a strong arts program, a focus on student leadership and social-emotional support, as well as creative scheduling for students with special needs. Principal John Curry hosts  international students and partners with a sister school from Guatemala. Students research the country’s water needs and raise money to assist the school. A Saturday Academy and an after-school program make this a unique learning community.


Community Action School will be holding tours during the months of October and November. During the tours, fifth-grade students and their families will receive an orientation by school principal and founder John Curry, followed by several classroom visits. There, families will have the opportunity to observe our instructional program in action, and to ask questions of our students and teachers. We are confident that the level of student engagement and the quality of instruction will impress you.

We will hold tours on the following dates:

Friday, November 7

Wednesday, November 12

Tuesday, November 18

Friday, November 21

Monday, November 24

All tours run from 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Please bring your fifth grader! We
will provide letters requesting that your child's school excuse the

We will also hold an open house on Tuesday, November 18, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. for families who cannot attend daytime tours.

Please register for a tour by calling Parent Coordinator Karla Fittipaldi at
212-678-5888, extension 2 or emailing her at kfittipaldi@schools.nyc.gov.


Please click on the bar on the right labeled "High school planning." It will lead you to a page that provides many resources to assist the high school application process, including links to high school directories for each of the boroughs. The high school application calendar provides dates for many of the upcoming high school open houses. Remember: attendance at open houses will have a big impact on your child's success in applying for the best high schools!

Parents are encouraged to make an appointment with CAS Guidance Counselor Caroline Tejeda for assistance in making good high school choices. You may reach her via email at ctejeda2@schools.nyc.gov, or by calling her at the school. 


CAS has become the sister school of Rural Mixed School “Chacayá Number One,” a program serving 124 kindergarten through sixth grade students in the Central American country of Guatemala. The school serves children in the small town of San Antonio Chacayá, located in a mountainous area that produces large quantities of coffee.

One interesting fact about the school is that the first language for many students is the indigenous dialect tz’utujil, and that children learn to read, write and speak Spanish while in the school. Also, during part of the school year students help their families pick coffee beans for many hours early in the morning and late in the afternoon, and must attend their classes from 7:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Think about that next time you feel your day is long!

This year, CAS will be raising funds for the Chacayá School library, which currently has a very small number of books. (See the picture below). The Community Service Club will be planning fundraising projects this fall. Stay tuned for the details of their work. 

Students from the Chacayá School

The school library in process of being set up and filled with books. 

Chacayá school librarian giving a lesson to young students. 

The entrance of the Escuela Rural Mixta Chacaya No. 1

A street scene of San Antonio Chacaya with Lake Atitlan in the background. 

Street scene of San Antonio Chacaya

Check it out!


Inside Schools has named Community Action School as one of New York City's "Notable Schools." Its writeup about on CAS celebrates the program that our staff, students and parents have built together. Click here to read the review.

Upcoming Events

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Mon, Sep 14 - Tue, Sep 15
Wednesday, September 23
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Today, 8/30/2015
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