District 3, which covers the West Side of Manhattan from 59th Street to 122nd Street, has schools that vary significantly in quality. The district has some of the best schools in the city as well as some that are not ready for prime time.
Luckily, the district has a terrific family leadership coordinator, D.J. Sheppard, who knows the schools well and helps parents navigate the complex system of school choice. She can be reached at (212) 678-5857 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nearly all the elementary and middle schools in the district have open houses and tours, and the district has annual fairs at which parents may meet school representatives. The District 3 website has useful information with dates and times.
District 3 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 3 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.