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District 28

Located in central Queens, District 28 encompasses diverse communities ranging from the affluent, leafy neighborhood of Forest Hills Gardens to the more bustling, commercial area of Rego Park. Overcrowding is a problem in schools across the district with those in the more prosperous northern communities such as Forest Hills and Kew Gardens performing better than schools located in the poorer, southern sections such as South Jamaica.

Most students attend their zoned elementary and middle schools. Districtwide options for elementary school children include PS 303, an early childhood program that admits students in grades k to 3, several gifted and talented programs and Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School.

Districtwide options for middle school students include several 6 to 12 schools: Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning, Queens Collegiate, Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School, York Early College Academy and Young Women's Leadership School, Queens.

Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, one of the city’s highly selective specialized high schools, is located in District 28 but admits students citywide based on their performance on the SHSAT (Specialized High Schools Admissions Test).

The district is home to many high schools including the well-regarded, but very overcrowded Forest Hills High School. Another large high school, Thomas Edison offers both solid academics and CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs.

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: Mabel Munez-Sarduy, (718) 557-2618
Family advocate: Sonia Rueda, (718) 557-2689
CEC: Community Education Council 28, (718) 557-2738
District 28 office
90-27 Sutphin Blvd.
Queens, NY 11435 - 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
Esther Morrell
90-27 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11435 - Map

Phone: (718) 557-2553

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

Family Welcome Center
90-27 Sutphin Blvd.
Queens, NY 11435 - Map

Phone: (718) 935-2393

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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