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District 21

Home to the beach communities of Coney Island and Brighton Beach, District 21 has strong, traditional schools catering to longtime Italian-American residents, and, increasingly, an Asian population, living in single-family homes in Bensonhurst. While its Brighton Beach neighborhood has a strong Russian community, some of the top high school basketball players in the city come from the public housing developments in Coney Island. The district also is home to the New York Aquarium.

While most families are happy with their strong, old-fashioned neighborhood schools, highlights include PS 215 Morris H Weiss with its excellent music and science programs, and a few of the most selective middle schools in the city: Mark Twain and Bay Academy. Another popular middle school, David A. Boody, draws teens from all over Brooklyn and offers dual language programs in Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Russian. Edward R Murrow High School has a wide variety of arts programs and an honors track for high-achievers.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Isabel Dimola, (718) 648-0209

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

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Mary Montemarano, (718) 648-0209

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: TBD 

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:

CEC: Community Education Council 21, (718) 232-2161
District 21 office
1401 Emmons Avenue
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
Amine Haddad
415 89th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11209 - Map

Phone: 718759490033

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) 759-4915

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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