One of the smallest in the city, District 23 serves Ocean Hill, Brownsville, and parts of East New York, and includes some of the city's poorest neighborhoods. Single-family homes are interspersed with old brownstones, apartment buildings, large public housing projects and homeless shelters.
The schools, among the lowest-performing in the city, have been losing population, partly as a result of competition from charter schools. The Community Education Council voted in 2013 to do away with zoned schools, allowing parents to apply to any school in the district. However, parents complained that there were few viable choices.
District 23 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 Family Welcome Center, not the district office.
Family Welcome Center
Community Education Council:
District 23 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.