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District 29

District 29 is situated in the northeast corner of Queens, adjacent to Long Island's Nassau County. It includes some communities that are ethnically diverse and others that are home to many middle-class African American and Caribbean families. Neighborhoods in the district include Bellerose, Briarwood, Brookville, Cambria Heights, Holliswood, Laurelton, Queens Village, Rosedale, Springfield Gardens and St. Albans.

Most students attend their zoned elementary and middle schools. There is one districtwide G&T program housed at PS 176.

There are several schools that are open to all District 29 students. PS 251 is an early childhood program serving students in grades k to 3. The Gordon Parks School, PS/IS 208 and PS/IS 268 serve students in grades k to 8.

There are two charter schools that serve elementary school grades: Merrick Academy and Riverton Street.

Queens Gateway to Health Sciences is a rigorous, selective admission school for students in grades 6 to 12. It gives priority in admissions to students in districts 28 and 29.

Preparatory Academy for Writers serves students in grades 6 to 12 and gives priority in admissions to incoming 6th-graders from District 29. Pathways College Preparatory School and Eagle Academy III both serve grades 6 to 12 and admit students from across Queens.

The Institute for Health Professions is a CTE (Career and Technical Education) high school that trains students for EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) and nursing assistant jobs after graduation. George Washington Carver High School has a veterinary science program that offers students hands-on experience caring for animals and working in labs.


District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Lenon Murray, (718) 264-3146

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

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Keturah J. Hardy, (718) 264-3146

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: Rachel Robinson, (718) 264-3146

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 29, (718) 341-5408                                                                                                                                                      

District 29 office
222-14 Jamaica Ave.
Queens Village, NY 11428 - 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
90-27 Sutphin Blvd.
Jamaica, NY 11435 - Map

Phone: (718) 557-2553

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

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

Phone: (718) 935-2393

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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