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District 31

District 31 is the only school district in the city to encompass an entire borough, Staten Island. Though neighborhoods have names, such as New Springville and Port Richmond, Staten Islanders tend to think of their borough in terms of regions: north shore, south shore and mid-island. It's the most suburban of all the boroughs with a naturally hilly terrain that has the highest point along the entire eastern seaboard of the United States. Politically more conservative than the rest of New York City, Staten Island has long been home to generations of Irish and Italian American families, but in recent years has welcomed immigrants from India, Korea, the Caribbean and Central America. Most students attend their zoned schools.

For those willing to travel outside their zone, some good options are available to students from across the district including PS 65 The Academy of Innovative Learning, a racially diverse school offering a progressive curriculum, and the artsy Naples Street Elementary School.

Marsh Avenue School for Expeditionary Learning has become a top choice for middle school, drawing students from every neighborhood. Families are attracted by the creative curriculum, welcoming environment and gleaming new building. There is busing for all three grades.

Housed on the grassy campus of what was once the College of Staten Island, Michael J. Petrides is surrounded by trees and nature trails. Children are admitted to the elementary and middle school grades via lottery and many stay there for 13 years, but there are usually a few seats open in the upper grades and a larger number of seats in 9th grade. A few charter schools have opened on the island as well.

Staten Island Tech accepts students based on their score on the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT). The school boasts 100 percent graduation rate, the highest in the city. Tech is a school full of motivated students who study an interesting array of courses, including four years of technology and Russian.

District contacts

The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:

Elementary and middle school superintendent: Anthony Lodico, (718) 420-5667

High school superintendent: Aimee Horowitz, (718) 420-5657

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Yvette Davis-Edwards, (718) 420-5667

High school family support coordinator: Carolyne Baldassano, (718) 290-8675

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Marie Castelucci, (718) 420-5627

High school family leadership coordinator: Kelly Doyle, (718) 420-5657

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

District 31 office
715 Ocean Terrace, Building A
Staten Island, NY 10301 - 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
Amine Haddad
715 Ocean Terrace,Bldg A
Staten island, NY , NY 10301 - Map

Phone: (718) 420-5700

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

Family Welcome Center
715 Ocean Terrace, Building A
Staten Island, NY 10301 - Map

Phone: (718) 935-2402

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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