District 4

District 4 extends from East 96th Street and Second Avenue to East 125th Street and the Harlem River. Although mostly in East Harlem, it also includes Ward's Island and Randall's Island. The area is experiencing a boom in housing and is welcoming middle class newcomers. Academic performance varies widely here but there are a few strong neighborhood elementary schools, among them PS 83 and PS 171 which also has a middle school with a few spots for high-performing children from outside the zone.


District 4 Contacts

160 East 120th Street, Room 401
New York, NY 10035 - Map
[email protected]


The superintendent appoints principals, evaluates schools and approves budgets:
Elementary and middle school superintendent: Alexandra Estrella, (212) 348-2873
High school superintendent: Donald Conyers, (718) 923-5124

For individual parent concerns, contact:

Elementary and middle school family support coordinator: Elio Valdez, (212) 348-2873
High school family support coordinator: TBD

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

Elementary and middle school family leadership coordinator: Nancy Periera, (212) 348-2873 ext. 4012
High school family leadership coordinator: Lisa Pineda, (718) 968-4100 ext. 1044



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

Family Welcome Center 

333 7th Ave.
New York, NY 10001 - Map
Phone: (917) 339-1755
This center handles both general education and special education enrollment


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 4, (212) 722-3915
2351 First Avenue, Rm B15, New York, NY 10035


District 4 office

160 East 120th Street, Room 401
New York, NY 10035 - 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 

Nicholas Chavarria 
333 7th Ave. 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10001 - Map
Phone: (212) 339-1600
If these offices can not answer your questions, see DOE contacts