District 12

District 12 is smack dab in the center of the Bronx encompassing Crotona Park, the Bronx Zoo and the 250-acre New York Botanical Garden. There are mostly low-rise brick apartment buildings and public housing towers. Although the neighborhoods have lagged in economic growth and development compared to others in the borough, this district is also changing as new housing and stores crop up. School achievement lags behind the citywide average here but there are some bright spots.


District 12 Contacts

1970 West Farms Road, Room 154 Bronx, NY 10460- Map
[email protected]



Each district has two superintendents--one in charge of elementary and middle schools, one in charge of high schools--who appoint principals, evaluate schools and approves budgets.
Elementary and middle school superintendent: Rafaela Espinal Pacheco, (718) 328-2310
High school superintendent: Elaine Lindsey, (718) 741-3157

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Carma Couch, (718) 328-2310
High school family support coordinator: Rosa Tavarez, (718) 741-3157

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Cynthia Cortijo-Rodriguez, (718) 328-2310 ext. 4090
High school family leadership coordinator: Carmen Garcia, (718) 741-3157



To enroll your child, go to the school or the nearest Family Welcome Center, not the district office.

Family Welcome Center 

1230 Zerega Avenue
Bronx, NY 10462 - Map
Phone: (718) 828-2975

Special Education Enrollment

3450 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, NY 10465
Phone: (718) 794-7420


Community Education Council:

The elected members of the Community Education Council (CEC) approve school zoning lines and advise on education policy.
CEC: Community Education Council 12, (718) 328-2310 x4091

District 12 office

1434 Longfellow Ave.
Bronx, NY 10459 - Map
[email protected]


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 

Tricia Devito
3450 E. Tremont Ave.
Bronx, NY 10465 - Map
Phone: (718) 794-7429 
If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts.