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District 15

With innovative programs, extremely active parents and parkside neighborhoods considered ideal for raising a family, District 15 has some of the most sought-after, competitive elementary schools in the city.

Bordering on tree-covered Prospect Park, District 15 runs from Carroll Gardens to Sunset Park, and includes the brownstone Brooklyn neighborhoods of Park Slope, Windsor Terrace and pockets of Boerum Hill and Fort Greene. The district also stretches into the waterfront Red Hook neighborhood near the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, home to housing projects, artist colonies and giant Ikea and Fairway stores.

Rezoning and the opening of a few new schools has eased overcrowding in Park Slope, although some Sunset Park schools still have long waitlists for children in the zone. Most zoned schools are performing well.

The Children's School, PS 372 in Gowanus, is open to children from across the district. Known for its attention to special education students, the school has two teachers in every class. In Carroll Gardens, the progressive PS 146 Brooklyn New School, accepts children from several Brooklyn districts and is one of the most ethnically diverse schools in the borough. PS 133 on 4th Avenue, in a building inaugurated in 2013, accepts children from both District 15 and 13, giving priority for about one-third of the seats to new immigrant and low income families.

Charter schools have begun to make inroads in the district especially at middle school. Brooklyn Prospect Charter School offers an IB curriculum for grades 6–12 (its elementary school is located in District 13.) BUGS – Brooklyn Urban Garden School, has an emphasis on math, science and urban exploration.

Of the Department of Education middle schools, MS 51 has selective admission, taking in only high-scoring students. MS 88 is a good, all-around large school which serves all levels of students, and is wheelchair accessible. MS 447 is a popular choice, especially for students interested in science and math. It also offers a program for students on the autism spectrum. Some District 15 families send their middle-schoolers further afield, for example to Mark Twain in Coney Island, which is open citywide.

High schools located in District 15 are open to students citywide. The John Jay High School complex, on Seventh Avenue in the heart of Park Slope, is making a comeback with the opening of Brooklyn Millennium, a clone of a popular District 2 school. But most District 15 families go out of district, sending their children to specialized high schools, such as Brooklyn Tech, and to Brooklyn behemoths, Midwood and Murrow. A large number go into Manhattan to LaGuardia or Beacon High School.

The West Brooklyn Community High School in Red Hook offers lots of support to high school students who have floundered at traditional schools.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Anita Skop, (718) 935-4317

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

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Brenda Diaz, (718) 935-3424

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: Christine Farrell

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:

District 15 office
131 Livingstone St
Brooklyn, NY 11201 - 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) 935-4197

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

Family Welcome Center
29 Fort Greene Place, basement (be12)
Brooklyn, NY 11217, 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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