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District 22

District 22 is a huge district that stretches from Ditmas Park in central Brooklyn with its grand Victorian mansions to the quiet seaside community of Mill Basin on Jamaica Bay. Although the quality of the schools differs greatly from one end of the district to another, the schools are mostly stable with solid academics.

The district serves diverse immigrant populations. For example, PS 134 is comprised of almost equal numbers of white, black, Hispanic and Asian kids who speak a mix of Russian, Spanish, Haitian, Arabic and Urdu.

Until the 2008 changes in the city's gifted and talented admissions process, every elementary school had its own G&T program, which was popular with district residents, and some still do. Though many are now gone, PS 193 has a gifted program for top-scoring District 22 children and there are still fast-track classes in a number of other schools. A large school in quiet Marine Park, PS 222 serves its diverse population well in a wheelchair-accessible building, and high-scoring children may join an enrichment class in each grade.

Few charter schools have opened in this area, however the k–5 Hebrew Language Academy has attracted children of different religions and races from across the district, and two small New Visions Charters opened in the old Sheepshead Bay High School building with math/science and humanities themes.

Arthur W. Cunningham, one of the largest middle schools in the city, positions itself as a school that has something for everyone: high achievers, techies, kids with special needs and those learning English. IS 381 is a selective school with a strong science program open to district families.

The packed Midwood High School building, right next to Brooklyn College, buzzes with bright, motivated students who may choose from 16 advanced placement classes and electives, ranging from constitutional law to psychobiology to medieval literature. Nestled in the spacious park-like campus of Kingsborough Community College, Leon Goldstein High School for the Sciences is a challenging school for top-scoring, college-bound students.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Julia Bove, (718) 968-6115

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

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Linda Dalton, (718) 968-6115

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: Terese Salli, (718) 968-6116

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 22 office
5619 Flatlands Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11234 - 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, 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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