SONYC Supervisor: Susie DiStefano

Program Director: Alexandra Richman

Office: 718-356-0152 ext. 3481

Cell: 917-831-8775

Fax: 718-984-5302


Address: 455 Huguenot Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10312
Agency ID/SACC#: 709754


Regular Program Hours

Monday – Friday 2:20 pm – 5:20 pm

DYCD Registered Holiday Dates

  • 2/17/15 Midwinter Recess
  • 2/18/15 Midwinter Recess
  • 2/19/15 Midwinter Recess
  • 2/20/15 Midwinter Recess
  • 4/6/15 Spring Recess
  • 4/7/15 Spring Recess
  • 4/8/15 Spring Recess
  • 4/9/15 Spring Recess
  • 4/10/15 Spring Recess


Students are engaged in a variety of sports programs which helps students stay in shape, build friendships and relationships with peers and adults as well as leadership skills. Within this competitive environment students can demonstrate their leadership through team captainships and individual actions while working toward a common goal as part of a team.


The practice of yoga is well-demonstrated to reduce the physical effects of stress on the body and encouraging relaxation.Yoga can improve flexibility and mobility and increase range of motion. Yoga teachers, students and practitioners across the country find that yoga helps to support weight loss.

Basketball League

A select group of students are part of our Basketball league which engages in competitive games with other UAU programs in Staten Island.

Green Team

Students will be responsible for collecting and sorting the paper recycling from the school. They will collect data on how much recycling the school does and compete in the Big Apple Awards at the end of the school year. Students will also be responsible for creating any new or innovative recycling programs to implement with the school sustainability coordinator.

Science Club

Students will be able to complete long term laboratory experiments using scientific tools to advance their understanding of science. Students will be able to collect data over time and analyze their results using higher level thinking skills. Utilizing our greenhouse, students will be introduced to and practice common gardening skills such as composting and propagation.

School News

The Newspaper course is designed to give students a basic understanding of journalism and newspaper writing techniques. Students will write, edit, and layout nine issues of the school newspaper in an online version. Students will publish each issue of the paper. Students will develop their writing abilities and editing skills by creating several articles for the school paper. Students will also develop skills in photography, interviewing, collaboration, and technology. The activity will also require deadlines as well as some out-of-school time for news coverage.

Career Exploration Portfolios

One of our roles is to help our students understand their current educational and personal choices which will reflect their future life roles, especially their choice for a career. The purpose of this portfolio is to provide our students with opportunities to begin thinking about their futures; recognize their responsibility for educational planning; develop and maintain self-esteem; have parental support; understand how school relates to future life roles; and realize the broad scope of work in the 21st century. This can be accomplished in developing a Career Exploration Portfolio.

Google CS Coding

Students will be introduced to programming in a collaborative and creative on-online environment. Students will use Scratch, a graphic programming language developed by the MIT Media Lab, to build projects organized around thematic curricula such as Fashion and Design, Storytelling, Art, Music and Game Design. This will increase their confidence when using computers, instill courage to try new things, grow perseverance while tackling difficult coding problems, provide a sense of belonging in technology, demonstrate the impact that CS has on Careers and communities.

Finding Math

Students explore math through games and puzzles with accompanying lessons that show the surprising ways we use mathematics in our thinking. Participants will discover how logic and strategic thinking are the foundations for math.

Homework Help

UAU provides students with one hour each day during which they are encouraged to complete homework. Qualified staff provide students with direction and assistance throughout this time to ensure that students have the support needed to achieve their academic goals.

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