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District 7

District 7 in the South Bronx includes a mix of desolate lots and industrial buildings, a vibrant shopping district, and wide streets with old brownstones, which have recently caught the eyes of Manhattan residents. Modern condominiums have risen next to a remodeled shopping center. However, most schools are still performing well below the city's average. In 2012 the District 7 Community Education Council voted to do away with zoned elementary schools to give parents more choice. The district is home to SOBRO, a community organization that offers free services, such as job placement, tutoring, GED programs, counseling and real estate development; and Hostos Community College, which also has its own middle and high school located about a mile away from the campus.

This district is home to the first Spanish and English bilingual school in the city, PS 25, where teachers have developed exciting tools to help English language learners, including a science exploration center filled with animals such as bearded dragons, turtles and fish. The school also has a mini-greenhouse and artifacts from around the world.

The Laboratory School for Finance and Technology is a middle school with an energetic principal and lots of interesting projects and class trips. It opened a high school in the same building in 2013. Native speakers of Spanish may apply for the high school dual language program.

District contacts

Each district has a superintendent, and a family advocate who is charged with responding to parents' concerns. In addition, parents in each district elect a Communty Education Council (CEC), an advisory panel, to represent them. CEC members have little formal power but some are effective advocates for parents.

Superintendent: Elisa Alvarez, (718) 742-6500 x425
Family advocate: Frances Torres, (718) 742-6587
CEC: Community Education Counci 7, (718) 292-0164
District 7 office
501 Courtlandt Ave. Rm 102
Bronx, NY 10451 - Map
Special Education

Most questions about special education can be answered by your child's teacher or principal. If you are new to New York City or your child attends private or parochial school, contact the nearest Committee on Special Education for an evaluation.

Committee on Special Education
Rosetta Brown-Lee
1 Fordham Plaza
Bronx, NY 10458 - Map

Phone: (718) 329-8001

To enroll your child, go to the school or the nearest Family Welcome Center.

Family Welcome Center
1 Fordham Plaza
Bronx, NY 10458 - Map

Phone: (718) 741-8495

This center handles both general education and special education enrollment

If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts

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