District 13

District 13 encompasses the upscale townhouses of Brooklyn Heights, new high-rises along Flatbush Avenue Extension, sprawling public housing complexes and homeless shelters on the north side of Fort Greene Park, and the rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant.

The district's elementary and middle schools have historically been considered poor stepchildren to nearby District 15 but new leadership at several neighborhood schools and the opening of well-regarded charter and unzoned schools is helping to change that picture.

Children from schools across the city visit the district's many cultural institutions including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Long Island University, Theatre for New Audience, Mocada African art museum and BRIC.

District 13 Contacts

355 Park Place Room 116
Brooklyn, NY 11238 - 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: Barbara Freeman, (718) 636-3284
High school superintendent: Karen Watts, (718) 455-4635

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Lorrie Ayers, (718) 636-3284
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: Precious Jones-Walker, (718) 636-3284
High school family leadership coordinator: Gregory Hagin, (718) 455-4635



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

Family Welcome Center 

131 Livingston St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201 - Map
Phone: (718) 935-4197

Special Education Enrollment

29 Fort Greene Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Phone: (718) 935-4197 / (718) 693-9346


Community Education Council:

The elected members of the Community Education Council (CEC) approve school zoning lines and advise on education policy.
CEC: Community Education Counci 13, (718) 636-3212

District 13 office

335 Park Place Room 116
Brooklyn, NY 11238 - 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 

Deborah Cuffey-Jackson
131 Livingston St.
Brooklyn, NY 11201 - Map
Phone: (718) 935-4900
If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts.