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District 4

District 4 extends from East 96th Street and Second Avenue to East 125th Street and the Harlem River. Although mostly in East Harlem, it also includes Ward's Island and Randall's Island. The area is experiencing a boom in housing and is welcoming middle class newcomers. Academic performance varies widely here but there are a few strong neighborhood elementary schools, among them PS 83 and PS 171, which also has a middle school with a few spots for high-performing children from outside the zone.

A pioneer in innovation and school choice, the district encouraged the development of schools such as the progressive Central Park East I and II, two of the stronger schools in the area. More traditional than the elementary schools, but also a solid choice, is Central Park East High School.

Spanish-English dual language programs include the Bilingual Bicultural School and PS 112, an early childhood program for grades k–2 only. District 4 is home to TAG Young Scholars, a k–8 school that is the most racially diverse of all the citywide gifted and talented schools.

A magnet school since it opened in 1981, Manhattan East School for Arts and Academics attracts motivated middle school teens from diverse backgrounds from across the city, and offers students quality instruction in academics as well as in music, visual arts, dance and drama. District 4 families have priority at Young Women's Leadership, for girls in grades 6–12, a school with near-perfect graduation and attendance rates.

Located along East Harlem's Museum Row, Harbor Science and Arts Charter School for students in grades 1-8, shares its facilities with the Museo del Barrio, and uses the museum for some lessons. Like all charters, students are admitted by lottery.

Manhattan Center for Science and Mathematics offers an impressive selection of college-level courses that's on a par with the specialized high schools.

The New York Center for Autism is the first charter school in New York State that is dedicated solely to the education of autistic children.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Alexandra Estrella, (212) 348-2873

High school superintendent: Donald Conyers, (718) 968-4100 ext. 1044 

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Elio Valdez, (212) 348-2873

High school family support coordinator: Brenda Figueroa, (718) 968-4100 ext. 1044

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Nancy Periera, (212) 348-2873 ext. 4011

High school family leadership coordinator: Lisa Pineda, (718) 968-4100 ext. 1044

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

CEC: Community Education Council 4, (212) 722-3915

2351 First Avenue, Rm B15, New York, NY 10035

District 4 office
160 East 120th Street, Room 401
New York, NY 10035 - 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
Jennife Lozano
333 7th Ave. 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10001 - Map

Phone: (212) 339-1600

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

Family Welcome Center
333 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001 - Map

Phone: (917) 339-1755

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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