District 16

District 16 covers a large swath of Bedford-Stuyvesant, historically an African American neighborhood, and now home to many Caribbean and West African immigrants. Bed-Stuy includes a mix of large housing projects, busy commercial districts, and peaceful tree-lined streets. Families priced out of other neighborhoods are buying brownstones and long-time residents see a shift in the neighborhood culture driven by these new residents. In the past, many district schools have struggled but families now have new options, as several charter schools have opened and failing schools have been closed and replaced by the Department of Education.

District 16 Contacts

1010 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221 - Map


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: Rahesha Amon-Harris, (718) 574-2834
High school superintendent: Janice Ross, (718) 455-4635

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Iris Rivas, 718-574-2831
High school family support coordinator: Corrine Mattis, (718) 455-4635

For help with PTAs or district-wide events, contact:

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Camelia Brogdon-Cruz, (718) 574-2824
High school family leadership coordinator: Gregory Hagin, (718) 455-4635



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

Family Welcome Center 

29 Fort Greene Place (BS12)
Brooklyn, NY 11217 - Map
Phone: (718) 804-6599

Special Education Enrollment Office

131 Livingston St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201 - Map
Phone: (718) 935-5167


Community Education Council:

The elected members of the Community Education Council (CEC) approve school zoning lines and advise on education policy.
CEC: Community Education Council 16, (718) 574-2813

District 16 office

1010 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221 - 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 

Caroline Danner
131 Livingston St. 4th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201 - Map
Phone: (718) 935-4900 
If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts