District 26

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

61-15 Oceania St, Room 129
Bayside, NY 11364 - 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: Danielle Giunta, (718) 631-6943
High school superintendent: Elaine Lindsey, (718) 281-3517

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Kimberly D'Angelo, (718) 631-6943
High school family support coordinator: Eduardo Duarte, (718) 281-3517

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Lori Stein Butera, (718) 631-6943
High school family leadership coordinator: Carmen Garcia, (718) 281-3517



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

Family Welcome Center 

30-48 Linden Place, 2nd Floor
Queens, NY 11354 - Map
Phone: (718) 281-3422
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 26, (718) 631-6927

District 26 office

61-15 Oceania St.
Bayside, NY 11364 - 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 

Esther Morell
30-48 Linden Place
Flushing, Queens, NY 11354 - Map
Phone: (718) 281-3461
If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts