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District 20

District 20 covers the southwest corner of Brooklyn, near the Verrazano Bridge, and includes the residential neighborhoods of Borough Park, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and the southern section of Sunset Park as well as the Fort Hamilton army base. Quiet streets are lined with single- and two- and three-family homes and tidy yards. Although once known for its large Italian and Norwegian populations, the district is now home to Brooklyn's Chinatown and many new immigrants from Asia, Latin America and the former USSR. Long a high-performing district with sought-after schools, the increasing district population has caused overcrowding in some schools, especially the popular Fort Hamilton High School.

Most children in District 20 attend their neighborhood elementary schools, which are generally good, but there are some options for those looking for schools outside their zone. Brooklyn School of Inquiry has a gifted and talented program that accepts students from across the city. In the same building, The Academy of Talented Scholars admits students from across the district through a lottery. There are also eight elementary schools with district G&T programs. One to watch is PS 748 Brooklyn School for Global Scholars, one of four elementary schools opened in 2010 due to overcrowding in the district, and already one of the highest performing schools in the state. IS 187 The Christa McAuliffe School, a selective middle school in Borough Park, consistently posts some of the highest test scores in the city and sends many of its students to specialized high schools like Stuyvesant. District 20 offers an all-girls middle and high school choice called Urban Assembly for Criminal Justice.

A few schools offer dual language programs, which sometimes accept out-of-zone students. PS 200 Benson School offers a Russian dual language program and a G&T program for Russian-speaking children, called Globe. Students speak Arabic in the dual language program at PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington.


District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Karina Costantino, (718) 759-4908

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

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Sylwia Jasinski, (718) 759-4908

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 coordinator: William Chin, (718) 759-3944

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 20 office
415 89th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11209 - 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
Amine Haddad
415 89th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11209 - Map

Phone: (718) 759-4900

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

Family Welcome Center
415 89th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11209 - Map

Phone: (718) 759-4914

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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