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District 16

District 16 covers a large swath of Bedford-Stuyvesant, historically an African American neighborhood, and now home to many Caribbean and West African immigrants. Bed-Stuy includes a mix of large housing projects, busy commercial districts, and peaceful tree-lined streets. Families priced out of other neighborhoods are buying brownstones and long-time residents see a shift in the neighborhood culture driven by these new residents. In the past, many district schools have struggled but families now have new options, as several charter schools have opened and failing schools have been closed and replaced by the Department of Education.

A few schools take children from all over the city including Brooklyn Brownstone PS 628, created by parents who wanted a structured, high-quality option in Bed-Stuy. Gotham Professional Arts Academy attracts artsy high schoolers who prefer a non-traditional setting. Excellence Boys Charter is a disciplined k–12 school with a longer school day and year that gives preference to boys in the district. 

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Rahesha Amon-Harris, (718) 574-2834

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

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Iris Rivas, 718-574-2831

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: Camelia Brogdon-Cruz, (718) 574-2824

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 16 office
1010 Lafayette Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11221 - 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 Office
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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