District 7

District 7 in the South Bronx includes a mix of desolate lots and industrial buildings, a vibrant shopping district, and wide streets with old brownstones, which have recently caught the eyes of Manhattan residents. Modern condominiums have risen next to a remodeled shopping center. However, most schools are still performing well below the city's average. In 2012 the District 7 Community Education Council voted to do away with zoned elementary schools to give parents more choice. 

This district is home to the first Spanish and English bilingual school in the city, PS 25, where teachers have developed exciting tools to help English language learners, including a science exploration center filled with animals such as bearded dragons, turtles and fish. The school also has a mini-greenhouse and artifacts from around the world.


District 7 Contacts

501 Courtlandt Ave. Room 102
Bronx, NY 10451 - 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: Rafael Alvarez, (718) 742-6500 ext. 1
High school superintendent: Michael Alcoff, (718) 410-4102

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Melodie Duran, (718) 742-6500 ext. 1
High school family support coordinator: Abigail Feliciano, (718) 410-4102

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Timothy Coleman, (718) 742-6500 ext. 1
High school family leadership coordinator: Rachel Robinson, (718) 410-4102


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

Family Welcome Center 

1 Fordham Plaza 7th Floor
Bronx, NY 10458 - Map
Phone: (718) 329-8050
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 7, (718) 292-0164

District 7 office

501 Courtlandt Ave. Room 102
Bronx, NY 10451 - 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 

Steven Birkeland
1 Fordham Plaza 7th Floor
Bronx, NY 10458 - Map
Phone: (718) 329-8001
If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts.