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District 30

Home to an eclectic mix of longtime Greek American residents, new immigrants from Latin America, young artists, and middle class families from all backgrounds, District 30 has mostly strong, traditional elementary and middle schools. Most children in the district attend their neighborhood schools, but there are some charter and district schools that accept children from across the district.

District 30 is located in the northwest section of Queens, bounded by Flushing Bay to its north and the East River to its west, and includes the neighborhoods of Astoria, Ditmars, East Elmhurst, Hunters Point, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside. 

District 30 is home to a handful of popular gifted and talented programs, including the Academy at PS 122 in Astoria, which is a successful middle school program open to children from gifted classes at PS 85, PS 122, PS 166 and PS 150—the four gifted and talented elementary school programs in the district.

Several elementary schools in District 30 offer dual language programs, including IS 145, PS 17, PS 222, PS 280 and the East Elmhurst Community School.

There are also some charter schools, which accept children from across the district. Renaissance Charter School, located in Jackson Heights, is one of the city’s few k–12 schools. It is a progressive school where students do a lot of projects, but there is usually a waitlist over 1,000 students long. Another popular charter option, Our World Neighborhood Charter School, a k–8 school in Astoria, offers Mandarin Chinese language classes. Growing Up Green Charter School in Long Island City is a progressive charter elementary school with an environmental theme that will add a middle school starting in the fall of 2014. Academy of the City in Woodside and Voice Charter in Long Island City are two more charter elementary school options for parents interested in sending their children to schools other than their zoned schools.

Other middle school choices include Louis Armstrong, which admits children from across the district, and the highly selective Queens Baccalaureate School for Global Education, which serves children in grades 7–12 and admits children from across the borough.

The district has zoned high schools as well as a number of popular schools of choice. Frank Sinatra School of the Arts admits children by audition from across the city.   

District 30 has an active community of parents, who participate in groups such as Little in the City, a Long Island City parents’ group, and the Astoria Moms’ Meetup Group. The Queens Holistic Moms Groups and Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens host the Annual Astoria School Symposium, which invites parents to come and learn about schools in the neighborhood. 

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Philip Composto, (718) 391-8323

High school superintendent: Karen Watts, (718) 455-4635

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Maria Laura Arcos, (718) 391-8323

High school family support coordinator: Corrine Mattis, (718) 455-4635

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Bandna Sharma, (718) 391-8390

High school family leadership coordinator: Gregory Hagin, (718) 455-4635

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

District 30 office
28-11 Queens Plaza North
Long Island City, NY 11101 - 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 Cenicola
28-11 Queens Plaza North
Long Island City, NY 11101 - Map

Phone: (718) 391-8405

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

Family Welcome Center
28-11 Queens Plaza North
Queens , NY 11101 - Map

Phone: (718) 935-2386

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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