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District 17 encompasses Prospect Heights' expansive pre-war apartments that overlook the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, and the majestic public library, as well as the Caribbean neighborhoods of East Flatbush and Crown Heights. Much of the neighborhood is divided among new immigrants, African Americans, and Orthodox Jews who generally send their children to private yeshivas. Schools in the district are not among the highest performing in the borough but there are several noteworthy options. The historic Erasmus Hall high school campus occupies a prominent corner on Flatbush Avenue and the district houses Medgar Evers College, which offers college classes to some nearby high schools.
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.
1224 Park Place
Brooklyn, NY 11213 - Map
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.
5619 Flatlands Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11234 - Map
Phone: (718) 968-6200
To enroll your child, go to the school or the nearest enrollment office.
1780 Ocean Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11230 - Map
Phone: (718) 758-7687
This office handles both general education and special education enrollment