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District 18

District 18 serves the neighborhoods of Flatbush and Canarsie in southeast Brooklyn, about a 45-minute ride on the L train from Manhattan. The district includes some stable and high-achieving elementary schools, but its large neighborhood high schools, including Canarsie and South Shore have been closed down due to poor performance. The Canarsie neighborhood historically attracted many Italian and Jewish families but as these families have moved out, Caribbean Americans have moved into the many one- and two-family homes or to one of the several large public housing developments.

A number of schools offer their own gifted and talented programs open to students across the district including PS 235 Janice K. Knight, a gigantic neighborhood school with a long history of high academic standards, and its selective middle school, Lenox Academy.

PS 244 Richard R. Green benefits from stable leadership and is particularly well known for its special education services, which include a NEST program for higher functioning children with autism.

The Science and Medicine Middle School is open districtwide and seeks students who are interested in science and medicine. The school shares a brand new building with the close-knit East Brooklyn Community High School for older teens who are behind in credits.

It Takes A Village Academy, a small school in the Tilden Educational Campus, is successful in helping new immigrants graduate on time—even if they had limited schooling in their home countries. Village offers four years of French and has an award-winning robotics team.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Beverly Wilkins, (718) 566-6008

High school superintendent: Michael Prayor, (718) 290-8675

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Serge Alexandre, (718) 566-6008

High school family support coordinator: Melissa Thomas, (718) 290-8675

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinatorIvie Bien-Aime, (718) 566-6005

High school family leadership coordinator: Mark Moses, (718) 290-8675

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

District 18 office
1106 E. 95th St., Room 109
Brooklyn, NY 11236 - 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
Arlene Rosenstock
5619 Flatlands Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11234 - Map

Phone: (718) 968-6200

To enroll your child, or for any questions regarding enrollment or school transfers, go to the school or the nearest Family Welcome Center.

Family Welcome Center
1780 Ocean Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11230 - Map

Phone: (718) 758-7687

This center handles both general education and special education enrollment

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

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