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District 26

District 26 in northeast Queens has long been the city's highest achieving district. Its cozy neighborhood schools have veteran teachers, plenty of books and supplies and parents who put a premium on good education. The schools are fairly traditional, reflecting in part the parents' values.

Its communities range from solidly middle class to affluent and include Bayside, Oakland Gardens, Fresh Meadows, Douglaston, Little Neck, Glen Oaks, Floral Park, Bellerose, Jamaica Estates, Jamaica Hills, Hillcrest and parts of Hollis Hills and Holliswood.

Most parents are satisfied with their neighborhood elementary schools. However, parents may also consider the district’s gifted and talented programs at PS 115, PS 18, PS 188 and PS 203.

District 26 has highly regarded zoned middle schools as well as zoned high schools—a boon to families who want to avoid the city’s complex and time-consuming system of school choice. The Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences is open to children citywide and does a particularly good job integrating special needs students in regular classes. On the same campus, PS/IS 266 is open to children across the district by lottery. 

In recent years many immigrant families from South Korea, China, India and Japan have settled in District 26 because of its highly-regarded schools.Some District 26 parents send their children to afterschool and Saturday classes to boost their academic achievement.

Located on the border with Nassau County, District 26 is far from downtown Manhattan, which makes commuting a challenge. Many of its neighborhoods have a suburban feel, with single-families houses that lie beyond walking distance of the nearest subway line.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Danielle Giunta, (718) 631-6943

High school superintendent: Elaine Lindsey, (718) 741-3157

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: TBD, (718) 631-6943

High school family support coordinator: Rosa Tavarez, (718) 741-3157

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Lori Stein Butera, (718) 631-6841

High school family leadership coordinator: Carmen Garcia, (718) 741-3157

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

District 26 office
61-15 Oceania St.
Bayside, NY 11364 - 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
Esther Morell
30-48 Linden Place
Flushing, Queens, NY 11354 - Map

Phone: (718) 281-3461

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

Family Welcome Center
30-48 Linden Place
Queens, NY 11354 - Map

Phone: (718) 935-2391

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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