Crystal Simmons

Crystal Simmons
The Academy for Social Action: A College Board School


Crystal Simmons is on the forefront of the growing small-schools movement in the United States.This past September she opened the firstand only College Board School in Manhattan. She’s a passionate educator with strong ties to the Harlem community where she grew up and boasts about the schools first year of success.

Ms.Simmons attended City College where she completed a Masters in Special Education and General Education. She continued her advanced degree at The College of St. Rose in education administration where she received certification for School District Administration, School Business Administration, and School Administration.
Prior to becoming an administrator Ms. Simmons worked as a Special Education teacher, Mathematics Coach, and Assistant Principal.

This past school year she was also featured in Ed.Tech magazine and has been awarded several grants for ASA acquiring an abundance of materials and services for the students and staff.

Simmons says. “I believe that our children need to understand that in order to grow you need to give back and become a part of the change". At ASA we believe in change. We will turn change stoppers into CHANGE MAKERS!
The school's motto is Change the way you see things. Change the way you think!

From the Principal

Welcome to The Academy for Social Action

We are pleased that you have taken the time to visit The Academy for Social Action’s website. Our hope is that you find our website to be user-friendly, and after your visit, you will have a good idea of all we have to offer..

ASA students will become college-bound family and community leaders who are concerned for the rights and welfare of others, socially responsible, and confident in their capacity to make a difference. Our students will realize their innate potential and learn to capitalize on their strengths by understanding where they are now and focusing on their futures.

ASA is a wonderful place for students from diverse backgrounds to grow educationally, get involved, and have a meaningful middle and high school experience. In every way that schools are measured, whether it is academically, in the fine and performing arts, or athletically, ASA will excel.

Our curriculum, course offerings, and extra-curricular offerings are second to none. We strive to create an environment where our core values; scholarship, leadership, and fellowship guide our students. Every student is given the attention necessary to achieve his/her individual success.

All of this is made possible by strong partnerships that are developed with our staff and parents. I hope that our website will assist in helping you navigate through our community. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ms. C. Simmons