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District 1

District 1 on the Lower East Side has long been home to an unusual number of alternative and experimental schools. There are no zoned neighborhood schools: All parents must take part in the district’s school choice process. Some of the schools have room for children from outside the neighborhood. Brooklynites sometime cross the East River to attend District 1 schools.

District 1 is bounded by East 14th Street to the north and Fourth Avenue, Delancey and Clinton Streets from the west to the East River. Historically a neighborhood that has served generations of immigrants from around the world, it has gentrified in recent years with the addition of trendy shops and restaurants. It has massive housing projects as well as luxury apartments selling for more than a million dollars.

Every school in the district has pre-kindergarten classes and all offer tours to prospective parents. Some of the schools are known for their progressive philosophy and high levels of parent involvement, including Earth SchoolNeighborhood School, Children's Workshop School and East Village Community School.

The district is home to two dual language programs in which children learn both English and Chinese: PS 20 and Shuang Wen Academy.

NEST+m, one of five citywide gifted and talented schools, serves children in grades k–12.

Girls Prep, as its name suggests, is an all-girls charter school serving grades k–8. Its middle school shares a building with East Side Community School, a progressive school with small classes serving grades 6–12. Also of note is Tompkins Square Middle School.

Bard High School Early College attracts students from all over the city. Lower East Side Preparatory High School offers new immigrants ages 17–21 a demanding college prep curriculum.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Daniella Phillips, (212) 353-2948

High school superintendent: Marisol Bradbury, (212) 356-3880

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Emily Neff, (212) 353-2948

High school family support coordinator: William Mark, (212) 356-3880

For help with PTAs or district-wide events, contact:

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Celsa Lopez, (212) 353-2949

High school family leadership coordinator: TBD

The elected members of the Community Education Council (CEC) approve school zoning lines and advise on education policy:

CEC: CEC 1, (212) 353-2946
District 1 office
166 Essex St. RM 136
NY, NY 10002 - 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
Gerry Donegan
333 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001 - Map

Phone: (917) 339-1600

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

Family Welcome Center
333 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001 - Map

Phone: (917) 339-1755

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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