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District 12

District 12 is smack dab in the center of the Bronx encompassing Crotona Park, the Bronx Zoo and the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden. There are mostly low-rise brick apartment buildings and public housing towers. Although the neighborhoods have lagged in economic growth and development compared to others in the borough, this district is also changing as new housing and stores crop up. School achievement lags behind the citywide average here but there are some bright spots.

Bronx Little School is a safe and nurturing school for students in grades k–5 and is open to any student living in the district. The k–5 South Bronx Classical Charter admits students by lottery and offers extra hours of math and reading, Latin instruction and character education.

Knowledge and Power Prep Academy (KAPPA) III is a small rigorous middle school with strict behavior guidelines and uniforms. Bronx Latin is a 6–12 school that has small classes and high expectations. Even though most students enter 6th grade with poor academic skills, nearly three-quarters graduate on time. The Cinema School handpicks bright high school students who want to explore their creative vision through film: also located in the Monroe High School Campus Annex is up-and-comer Mott Hall V modeled after the successful flagship in Harlem.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Rafaela Espinal Pacheco, (718) 328-2310

High school superintendent: Elaine Lindsey, (718) 741-3157

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Carma Couch, (718) 328-2310

High school family support coordinator: Rosa Tavarez, (718) 741-3157

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Cynthia Cortijo-Rodriguez, (718) 328-2310 ext. 4090

High school family leadership coordinator: Carmen Garcia, (718) 741-3157

The elected members of the Community Education Council (CEC) approve school zoning lines and advise on education policy:

District 12 office
1434 Longfellow Ave.
Bronx, NY 10459 - 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
Tricia Devito
3450 E. Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10465 - Map

Phone: (718) 794-7429

To enroll your child, go to the school or the nearest Family Welcome Center.

Family Welcome Center
1230 Zerega Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462 - Map

Phone: (718) 828-2975

Special Education Enrollment

3450 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465
Phone: (718) 794-7420

If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts

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