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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

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: Daniella Phillips, (212) 353-2948
Family advocate: Aixa Torres, (212) 353-2949
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
Enrollment

To enroll your child, go to the school or the nearest enrollment office.

Enrollment Office
333 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001 - Map

Phone: (917) 339-1755

This office handles both general education and special education enrollment

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

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