Palisade Preparatory School

  • Dr. Robert Vicuña, Principal

    Grades 7-12

    School Website:

    201 Palisade Avenue • Yonkers, NY 10703 • (914) 376-8177

    • School uniforms are required for all students
  • School Theme

    The new Palisade Preparatory School’s Public Safety Academy offers a program for young men and women expressing an interest in one of three career pathways - Law Enforcement, Fire/Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management.

    Middle Years – Grades 7-8

    Students in grade seven receive enriched instruction with an emphasis on English Language Arts and mathematics, as well as targeted academic interventions. Eighth graders are enrolled in an exploratory course that provides an overview of the three public safety career pathways.

    High School - Grades 9-12

    In addition to the New York State graduation requirements, students are enrolled in elective courses aligned with the three Public Safety career pathways and are required to complete a capstone project with an internship or volunteer service.

    Elective courses focus on professionalism, interpersonal skills, communication, team building, problem solving and organizational skills.

    The capstone project is a multifaceted assignment that serves as a culminating academic and intellectual experience for students to demonstrate their career pathway knowledge. In twelfth grade, students are expected to document their career pathway progress, submit a reflection paper and make a presentation to the members of the school’s instructional staff and community-based Public Safety Advisory Board.

    According to the Glossary of Education Reform by Great Schools Partnership, “Capstone projects are generally designed to encourage students to think critically, solve challenging problems, and develop skills such as oral communication, public speaking, research skills, media literacy, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency, or goal setting—i.e., skills that will help prepare them for college, modern careers, and adult life. In most cases, the projects are also interdisciplinary, in the sense that they require students to apply skills or investigate issues across many different subject areas or domains of knowledge. Capstone projects also tend to encourage students to connect their projects to community issues or problems, and to integrate outside-of-school learning experiences, including activities such interviews, scientific observations, or internships.”

    Smaller Learning Communities

    • In collaboration with the school community and partners, students will be introduced to careers in law enforcement, fire/emergency medical services, emergency management as well as records and property management.
    • Music program in all grades, including concert band, orchestra, jazz band, pep band, drum line and choir
    • Academic and social supports are provided for students to be successful in secondary school, college and their chosen career path in public safety.
    • Students have the opportunities to learn about themselves in the middle grades through Naviance, a web-based program that helps students identify their learning styles as well as college and career options.
    • Students' social and emotional growth is supported by a student assistance counselor and peer-mentoring through the Phoenix Panel - high school students encourage positive social interactions among middle school students as well as their peers.
    • Middle years students will be enrolled in an interdisciplinary class designed to assist students in identifying their natural talents, skills and interests, with a focus on careers in public safety
    • Getting Prepared for Success (GPS) initiative, in collaboration with Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE), to introduce students to college exploration
    • Public speaking is encouraged in all classes
    • Students are expected to work together and employ 21st century skills
  • Public Safety Academy in Grades 9-12

    Law Enforcement, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management

    Students will be prepared for post-secondary education or entrance into the workforce. Each career pathway is a personalized academy that provides a rigorous theme-based curriculum in conjunction with community, industry and higher education partnerships.

    Students will understand the career pathways and requirements of Law Enforcement, Fire, Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management and the 911 Communications Systems. Students will learn how each of these groups interact and are interdependent. Instruction will include career preparation standards, communication, interpersonal skills, problem solving, and workplace safety, technology and employment literacy connection to core academic classes.

    • Students will receive First Responder training toward certification in Red Cross First Aid and CPR. Skills and an expanded knowledge of the field are achieved through active participation in volunteer programs and internships.
    • Syracuse University Project Advance (SUPA) Forensics and Creative writing upon completion, students receive 3 college credits from Syracuse University
    • Other elective courses include Web Design and an introductory course for entrepreneurship that provides them with experience in creating a business plan.
    • Advanced Placement courses include Biology, Calculus, English Language and Literature, U.S. History and Psychology.
    • Community service is required
    • Opportunities in various after-school activities include Yearbook and Film Club

    The Partners

    This school works closely with the following agencies, institutions and/or colleges:

    • Hudson River Museum of Westchester
    • National Honor Society & Junior National Honor Society
    • Jacob Burns Film Center
    • YMCA
    • Student Assistance Services Corporation
    • Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE)
    • National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE)
    • Yonkers Police Department
    • Yonkers Fire Department
    • Workforce Investment Bureau
    • Sarah Lawrence College
    • Syracuse University
    • Mercy College
    • Westchester Community College