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District 27

Bounded by Nassau County on one side and Brooklyn on the other, District 27 is the southernmost district in Queens. Its territory stretches from Far Rockaway to Howard Beach and Woodhaven. Overcrowding, limited choice at the elementary and middle school level, and the district's expansive territory make it difficult for most students to attend anything but their zoned school.

The district is home to several combined elementary and middle schools, but only one of them, Goldie Maple Academy admits students districtwide.

Programs for gifted and talented and dual-language instruction are offered at a few schools.

There are two charter schools that serve elementary school grades: Challenge Preparatory and Peninsula Preparatory.

Scholars’ Academy is a high-performing, selective-admission school serving students in grades 6 to 12. It admits students districtwide but reserves half of its seats for students living on the Rockaway Peninsula. The Academy of Medical Technology and Channel View School for Research are also well-regarded schools that serve grades 6 to 12.

The district is home to many high schools including two that offer CTE (Career and Technical Education) programs: Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability and High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Mary Barton, (718) 642-5800

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

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Nadina Pena, (718) 642-5800

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: Martha Velez, (718) 642-5817

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 27 office
82-01 Rockaway Blvd.
Ozone Park, NY 11416 - 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
Chris Ceniola
Satellite Office, 82-01 Rockaway Blvd
Ozone Park, NY 11416 - Map

Phone: (718) 642-5715

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

Family Welcome Center
90-27 Sutphin Blvd
Queens 11435, NY 11416 - Map

Phone: (718) 935-2393

Special Education Enrollment
28-11 Queens Plaza North
Queens, NY 11101
Phone:(718) 391-8386

If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts

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