District 26 in northeast Queens has long been the city's highest achieving district. Its cozy neighborhood schools have veteran teachers, plenty of books and supplies and parents who put a premium on good education. The schools are fairly traditional, reflecting in part the parents' values.
Its communities range from solidly middle class to affluent and include Bayside, Oakland Gardens, Fresh Meadows, Douglaston, Little Neck, Glen Oaks, Floral Park, Bellerose, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Hillcrest and parts of Hollis Hills and Holliswood.
In recent years many immigrant families from South Korea, China, India and Japan have settled in District 26 because of its highly-regarded schools.Some District 26 parents send their children to afterschool and Saturday classes to boost their academic achievement.
Located on the border with Nassau County, District 26 is far from downtown Manhattan, which makes commuting a challenge. Many of its neighborhoods have a suburban feel, with single-families houses that lie beyond walking distance of the nearest subway line.
District 26 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 26 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.