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District 3, which covers the West Side of Manhattan from 59th Street to 122nd Street, has schools that vary significantly in quality. The district has some of the best schools in the city as well as some that are not ready for prime time.

Luckily, the district has a terrific family advocate, D.J. Sheppard , who knows the schools well and helps parents navigate the complex system of school choice. She can be reached at (212) 678-5857 or djshepp@schools.nyc.gov.

Nearly all the elementary and middle schools in the district have open houses and tours, and the district has annual fairs at which parents may meet school representatives. The District 3 website has useful information with dates and times.

Parents who are not satisfied with their zoned elementary school may consider applying to gifted and talented programs, dual language programs (in which half the instruction is in Spanish or French and half is in English), or unzoned schools that accept children from across the district. See our page on gifted programs and other options.

Two programs for gifted children, The Special Music School and The Anderson School are open to children across the city.

Unlike District 2, District 3 does not have any high schools whose admission is limited to children in the district. The most popular high schools—including Beacon and LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts—are open to children citywide.

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: Ilene Altschul, Interim acting, (212) 678-5857
Family advocate: DJ Sheppard / Rita Knight, (212) 678-5857
District 3 office
154 W. 93 St.
New York, NY 10025 - 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
Mark Jacoby
388 W. 125th St.
New York, NY 10027 - Map

Phone: (212) 342-8300
Enrollment

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

Enrollment Office
388 W. 125th St.
New York, NY 10027 - Map

Phone: (212) 342-8300

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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