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District 8

District 8 is a racially mixed district in the southeast corner of the Bronx. The western edge of the district includes some of the poorest neighborhoods in the city, such as Hunts Point, while the eastern and northern edge includes more suburban settings, such as Throgs Neck and Soundview, which have a mix of modest single-family homes, low-income housing projects and expensive condominiums.

The district is home to one of the most acclaimed schools in the city, PS 69, which boasts a flourishing vegetable garden, archery and etiquette classes. PS 304 in Throgs Neck is also popular, and has a long history of academic achievement, as does PS 152, which offers trips to museums and farms, science experiments and plenty of time for creative play.

Located in a pleasant residential neighborhood in Throgs Neck, MS 101 attracts children from across District 8, offering a faster pace for children in the gifted program as well as intensive reading help for children who need it.

A few charters have opened in the district as well, including Hyde Leadership Charter, a k–12 school that emphasizes character building, and Bronx Studio School for Writers and Artists.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Karen Ames, (718) 828-6653

High school superintendent: Carron Staple, (718) 741-5834

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Donna Jean Murphy, (718) 828-6653

High school family support coordinator: Michelle Edwards, (718) 741-5834

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Jean DePesa, (718) 828-6707

High school family leadership coordinator: Irving Roman, (718) 741-5834

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

District 8 office
1230 Zerega Ave.
Bronx, NY 10462 - 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
Michele Beatty
3450 E. Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10465 - Map

Phone: 718794742897187947490

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

Family Welcome Center
1230 Zerega Ave.
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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