District 17 is located in Central Brooklyn and encompasses the neighborhoods of Prospect Heights, East Flatbush and Crown Heights. The district is home to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the Brooklyn Museum, the Brooklyn Public Library and Medgar Evers College, which offers college classes to some nearby high schools. Much of the neighborhood is divided among new immigrants, African Americans, and Orthodox Jews who generally send their children to private yeshivas.
District 17 has some low-performing schools, although there are several bright spots. Some schools struggle with declining enrollment, partly as a result of competition from the many charter schools that have opened in the district.
District 17 Contacts
For individual parent concerns, contact:
For help with PTAs or district-wide events, contact:
To enroll your child, go to the school or the nearest enrollment office, not the district office.
Family Welcome Center
Community Education Council:
District 17 office
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.