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.


District 1 Contacts

166 Essex St. Room 126
New York, NY 10002 - Map
Community Education Council website: www.cecd1.org
Dept. of Education website: www.district1nyc.com


Each district has two superintendents--one in charge of elementary and middle schools, one in charge of high schools--who appoint principals, evaluate schools and approves budgets.

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Carry Chan, (212) 353-2948
High school superintendent: Vivian Orlen, (212) 356-3880 


For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Elvis Marte, (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) 353-2948
High school family leadership coordinator: William Mark, (212) 356-3880



To enroll your child, go to the school or the nearest Family Welcome Center, not the district office.

Family Welcome Center 

333 7th Ave. 12th Floor, Room 1211
New York, NY 10001 - Map
Phone: (212) 330-9442
166 Essex St. (only serves District 1)
NY, NY 10002 - Map
Phone: (212) 353-2948
These centers handle both general education and special education enrollment

Community Education Council:

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

District 1 CEC

166 Essex St. Room 126
NY, NY 10002 - Map
(212) 353-2948


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 

Jennifer Lozano
333 7th Ave. 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001 - Map
Phone: (917) 339-1600
If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts.