Ilene Altschul
Community Superintendent
phone:  212-678-5857

Cythia Dickman
Deputy Superintendent
phone:  212-678-5857

Rouge Douglas
Director of School Renewal
phone:  212-531-7384

Matthew Angell
Field Liaison
phone:  212-531-7382

Russell Gonzales
Teacher Development & Evaluation Coach
phone:  212-531-7381

Violet Guillet
Administrative Assistant
phone:  212-678-5857 ext. 2

Tracy McClaire
Family Support Coordinator
phone:  212-678-5857 ext. 3

DJ Sheppard
District Family Advocate
phone:  212-678-5857 ext 4


For questions about the kindergarten admissions process, email us at or call 718-935-2009.

Gifted & Talented Handbooks
Application guidelines and practice tests are available in the 
Gifted & Talented Handbooks. Handbooks are available at Enrollment Offices and public elementary schools.

For updates throughout the admissions process, visit the 
G&T Admissions website.

Congratulations! U. S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan has recognized PS 199 Jessie Isador Straus School, in NYC District 3 as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2013.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements toward those standards. Since 1982, the U. S. Department of Education has sought out and celebrated great American schools. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in outstanding schools.

Recognizing Teacher Excellence in New York City. 


Marietta Geraldino,
a 10th and 11th grade Math teacher at Frederick Douglas Academy II Secondary School.


Jhimy Rodriguez, PS 180 Hugh Newman
Justyna Hernandez, MS 247 Dual Language Middle School

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  • The Early Childhood Discovery and Design Magnet School Honors Fathers and Father-figures! The ECDD third annual DADS MAKE A DIFFERENCE Rally and Breakfast was held last Friday November 13, 2015. Assemblyman Robert J. Rodriguez from the 68th District joined in the festivities with families, children, and school staff to celebrate the important role of powerful male role models in our lives. Picture 1: Assemblyman Rodriguez with Parent Leaders. Picture 2: DADS MAKE A DIFFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS Jimmy Atkins, Steven Sclafani and Damon Marshall Picture 3: Principal Jane Murphy with Assemblyman Rodriguez and a picture of her own dad.

    Quebec Government "Adopts" French Dual-Language School.
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    MS 256 Supports Wounded Warriors

    Chancellor Carmen Fariña surprise visit to PS 242, she personally delivered the "Recognition of Excellence Award.

    Jets Pledge $50,000 to Support CHAMPS Flag Football Programs...

    Zack Sudfeld, Leger Douzable, John Conner & the Jets, Bring NFL FLAG program to NYC Department of Education's CHAMPS Program. MS 256 hosted event.

    Welcome to the following Principals, Acting Principal, Interim Acting Principals:  Lana Fleming, Principal (PS 180); Lauren Keville, IA Principal (PS 191); Louise Xerri, Principal (PS 199);  Marcia Hendricks, IA Principal (PS 241); Novella Bailey, Principal (MS 250); Brian Zager, Principal (MS 256).

    MS 256 is extremely proud to announce that two of their students have been recognized by the Consulate General of the Dominican Republic in New York as "Meritorious Students." These students have demonstrated superior academic performance and a commitment to improving their school community; they are testaments to hard work and dedication. On Thursday, June 13 they will be formally recognized by Felix Antonio Martinez, General Cónsul. Again - congratulations to Dario Arias and Diolkey Estrella for an honor both earned and deserved.

     We'd like to have an ongoing exhibit of writing and art work of district 3 students.  We welcome the work from your school!

    click here to access archived school's exhibits and students work

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