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District 2 has some of the highest-performing and most popular schools in the city. The district covers the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city—the East Side south of 97th Street and the West Side south of 59th street (but not the Lower East Side).

Several new elementary schools have opened in recent years, easing overcrowding. Most parents are satisfied with their zoned neighborhood schools and look no further.

There are a number of schools that admit children according to the results of an entrance exam, including Hunter College Elementary School (open to children who live anywhere in Manhattan) and Lower Lab School (open only to children who live in District 2). Several neighborhood schools also have gifted programs that accept children from outside their attendance zone.

Other options: Ella Baker School is open to children citywide. Midtown West and PS 150 accept children from across District 2.

District 2 has unusually good middle schools and it is the only district in Manhattan that has its own high schools. While most New York City high schools are open to children citywide, seven schools limit admission to District 2 children: Baruch College Campus High School, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Millennium High School, New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, The Museum School, Quest to Learn, and School of the Future. Since these schools are among the most sought-after in the city, District 2 students have an advantage in the hyper-competitive high school admissions process.

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: Bonnie Laboy, (212) 356-3815
Family advocate: Jennifer Greenblatt, (212) 356-3789
CEC: CEC 2, (212) 356-3915
District 2 office
333 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001 - 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 10016 - 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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