When we are honest with ourselves we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of people that we are. 

César Chávez, Mexican-American activist

Welcome to Community Action School!  

Welcome to the 2014 – 2015 school year!

We are excited to welcome back our returning students, and to getting to know the new members of our school community. For all, we promise a year full of learning, growth and fun.

We will be updating this site over the weeks to come with information about students’ classes and the school’s special activities. All of our teachers will have pages with information about their classes. Our attached school calendar will be continuously updated with the academic schedule and special activities.


We will be having two open school events this year –

Our sixth and seventh grade Open House will take place on Wednesday, September 17 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. The staff will share essential information about your child’s curriculum and the school’s special programs, and you will have the opportunity to meet your child’s teachers. Enrollment forms will be available for several of the after school programs that serve our students. There will also be a door prize drawing for a “Freedom One” wireless router, which will provide free internet access for the winning family. One router will be given away in each homeroom.

Our eighth grade Open House will take place Tuesday, September 23 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. While we will share important information about the years’ activities and curriculum, the primarily focus will be on the high school application process. This is a VERY important meeting for all of our eighth grade families to attend! We will teach you how to decipher the Department of Education high school directory, evaluate the quality of a school, analyze each program’s admissions requirements and plan a calendar for the essential school visits. Copies of the high school directories will be distributed.  


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

Tuesday, October 7
Parents Association Meeting
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday, October 8
Open House for 5th Grade Families
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Monday, October 13
Columbus Day - SCHOOL CLOSED
Saturday, October 18
High School Orientation for 7th Grade
Thursday, October 23
7th Grade Clearpool Trip


Today, 9/30/2014
High: 74 Low: 58
Mostly cloudy
29% chance of precipitation.
Tomorrow, 10/1/2014
High: 70 Low: 58
Chance rain showers
34% chance of precipitation.