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Welcome from Superintendent Ilene Altschul 

Welcome to the District 3 website. Please utilize this website as a source for all information within the District and the Department of Education. As the Superintendent of District 3, I am extremely proud of the work of our dedicated administrators, teachers and staff who ensure that all students are receiving a high-quality education that is safe and conducive to learning.

Across all District 3 schools there is rigorous curricula with emphasis on high-level thinking, problem solving and opportunities for student discussion.  Schools within the district offer Dual language classes in Spanish and French and for the 2017-2018 school year we are opening a Russian Dual Language Kindergarten Class. We insure that English Language Learners are supported and receiving instruction to increase their language acquisition. Schools offer Gifted and Talented programs as well as a full continuum of Special Education services including the ASD NEST program. We believe in professional development and opportunities for collaboration and sharing of best practices to ensure coherent instruction, and to increase teacher pedagogy and student achievement at all schools.

Within District 3, we place emphasis on the Arts and technology. Schools offer a variety of Arts programming within their coursework as well as through the partnership of many Community Based Organizations. Our elected officials support the schools with grants to bring in these programs as well as funding to purchase technology and increase access at all schools.

Lastly, we value and emphasize the importance of the collaboration and partnership with all families. We know that with increased parental involvement and staying informed on the progress of your child/ren, they will succeed and be on a path to college and career. 

Introducing our District 3 Website

We are excited for the launch of our new District 3 website. Please share with us any news, updates, and important information to relay to the community. Creating a resource for effective communication is crucial for all schools, and this site will allow the schools within the district to share common goals. With a comprehensive communications plan, this website will showcase the highly effective work within District 3. We will connect the current families, attract future families, and encourage all staff within the district to share. 

District Demographics 

Community School District 3 represents 45 schools serving students in grades pre-K-12 that are geographically located in the Upper West Side  and part of Harlem section of the borough of Manhattan, New York. The District is comprised of 14 elementary schools; 9 middle/intermediate/junior high schools; 7 K-8 schools; 3 secondary schools; 12 high schools; and 1 K-12 school. Additionally, there are 9 charter schools in the district. The District serves a population of approximately 22,920 students from culturally diverse backgrounds, and the District's community is home to many new immigrants from the Dominican Republic, China, Mexico, and West Africa.

CEC3 Mission Statement

Community Education Council 3 (CEC3) of New York City believes that every child is entitled to a high quality education, a safe and healthy school environment, and equal educational opportunities. The mission of CEC3 is to promote and support the educational needs of District 3 elementary and middle school students by representing and advocating for District 3 families to the NYC Department of Education.

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PS I Love My School Initiative   

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the chancellor will be launching #PSILOVEMYSCHOOL, a campaign designed to share the great work you do every day: your talent, terrific programs, and innovation. Please share 100 words or less what makes your school unique, and highlight programs or staff members they should know about. They will be posting many of your submissions on social media using the hashtag #PSILOVEMYSCHOOL starting February 14.

Upcoming District Events Below...

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