District 20

District 20 covers the southwest corner of Brooklyn, near the Verrazano Bridge, and includes the residential neighborhoods of Borough Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and the southern section of Sunset Park as well as the Fort Hamilton army base. Quiet streets are lined with single- and two- and three-family homes and tidy yards. Although once known for its large Italian and Norwegian populations, the district is now home to Brooklyn's Chinatown and many new immigrants from Asia, Latin America and the former USSR. Long a high-performing district with sought-after schools, the increasing district population has caused overcrowding in some schools, especially the popular Fort Hamilton High School.


District 20 Contacts

415 89th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11209 - 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: Karina Costantino, (718) 759-4908
High school superintendent: Michael Prayor, (718) 368-8515

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Sylwia Jasinski, (718) 759-4908
High school family support coordinator: Melissa Thomas, (718) 368-8515

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: William Chin, (718) 759-3944
High school family leadership coordinator: Mark Moses, (718) 368-8515



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

Family Welcome Center 

415 89th St. 5th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11209 - Map
Phone: (718) 759-4942
This center handles 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.
CEC: Community Education Council 20, (718) 759-3921

District 20 office

415 89th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11209 - 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 

Amine Haddad
415 89th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11209 - Map
Phone: (718) 759-4900
If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts