District 3

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, Dorothy 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 djshepp@schools.nyc.gov.

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

154 W. 93 St. Room 204
New York, NY 10025 - Map
Community Education Council website: www.cec3.org
Dept. of Education website: www.sites.google.com/site/nycdistrict3



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: Ilene Altschul, (212) 678-5857
High school superintendent: Vivian Orlen, (212) 356-3880

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Tracy McClaire, (212) 678-5857
High school family support coordinator: William Mark, (212) 356-3880

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Dorothy Sheppard, (212) 678-5857
High school family leadership coordinator: Demaris Frias, (212) 356-3880



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

Family Welcome Center

388 W. 125th St. 7th Floor, Room 713
New York, NY 10027 - Map
Phone: (212) 342-8304
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 3, (212) 678-2782

District 3 office

154 W. 93 St. Room 204
New York, NY 10025 - 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

Fabiana Czemerinski
388 W. 125th St.
New York, NY 10027 - Map
Phone: (212) 342-8300
If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts.