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District 14

Covering the hip neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, where coffee shops, bars and funky restaurants cater to recent college grads, artists and young professionals, District 14 is losing its Polish-American immigrants and Latinos to newcomers who can afford to live in million-dollar lofts. There is still a strong Polish presence in Greenpoint; Orthodox Jews and Latinos occupy the South side of Williamsburg. In the past many new families sent their children to progressive schools in Manhattan's District 1, however in recent years District 14 schools have adopted a more progressive approach and are attracting families new to the neighborhood.

The are a few schools that admit children according to the results of an entrance exam, including Brooklyn Latin, a diverse high school open to top-scoring students from all over the city, and IS 318 Eugenio Maria De Hostos, a selective middle school that admits students based on their report cards and teacher recommendations. PS 132 Conselyea School has a gifted and talented program for students in the district.

A number of charters have opened in this area, offering very different approaches, from the "no excuses" Success Academy Williamsburg Charter to the more laid back philosophy at The Ethical Community Charter School.

The Harry Van Arsdale Educational Complex houses three small high schools that offer solid academics, and do a good job with their special needs populations. The Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn aims to instill qualities of leadership in girls. 

There are several dual-language programs in this district, including PS 84 Jose De Diego, a popular Spanish/English program; PS 110 The Monitor school, offering French/English; and Juan Morel Campos Secondary School with one of the few bilingual Yiddish programs for children with disabilities in the city.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Alicja Winnicki, (718) 302-7600 

High school superintendent: Karen Watts, (718) 455-4635

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Lydia Ruiz-Ferreira, (718) 302-7600

High school family support coordinator: Corrine Mattis, (718) 455-4635

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Pamela Payne, (718) 302-7689

High school family leadership coordinator: Gregory Hagin, (718) 455-4635

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

CEC: Community Education Counci 14, (718) 302-7624
District 14 office
215 Heyward St.
Brooklyn, NY 11206 - 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
Deborah Cuffey-Jackson
131 Livingston St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201 - Map

Phone: (718) 935-4900

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

Family Welcome Center
131 Livingston St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201 - Map

Phone: (718) 935-4197

Special Education Enrollment
29 Fort Greene Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (718) 935-4197 / (718) 693-9346

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

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