Office of Space Planning

Accessibility

The DOE is committed to ensuring that its programs, services, and activities are accessible to students with disabilities, including students with mobility impairments or other physical disabilities, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The DOE assesses all organizations located in our buildings on a continuous basis to determine which schools are functionally accessible to students with disabilities.

The DOE has a variety of school buildings which include inaccessible buildings, partially accessible buildings, and fully accessible buildings. A fully accessible building is a building that is constructed post-1992 which complies with all of the ADA's requirements and has no barriers to entry for persons with mobility impairments. In contrast, a partially accessible building allows for persons with mobility impairments to enter and exit the building, access all relevant programs, and have use of at least one restroom, but the entire building is not accessible.

Functionally Accessible Schools or Programs are located in a fully or partially accessible building where an individual with mobility impairment may enter and access all relevant programs and services, including the science laboratory, library, cafeteria, and the gymnasium; in some cases school programs may need to be re-located to accommodate access. At least one restroom is accessible.

A list of functionally accessible schools where all grades served by the school are in functionally accessible locations can be found by borough: Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island. Some of these schools are sited in multiple locations (i.e., a school may serve grades K - 2 in one building and grades 3 - 5 in another building.) The list also indicates whether the school is located in a fully or partially accessible building.

A list of all schools that are located in more than one building, where some grades are served in a functionally accessible location and other grades are served in a building that is not can be found by clicking here. Some of these schools may still be able to accommodate a student requiring an accessible location. Please contact the school directly.

Typically, a student entering the New York City public school system for the first time in elementary school will report to his or her zoned or neighborhood school. To determine whether a zoned or neighborhood school is functionally accessible, please refer to the list of functionally accessible schools. In the event that a zoned or neighborhood school is not accessible, please contact your local enrollment office.

Most middle and high school students participate in middle school and high school choice admissions processes and should refer to the list of functionally accessible schools to determine which schools are accessible. Accessibility designations are also noted in the Middle School Directory and the High School Directory. Any questions regarding accessible schools should be directed to the local enrollment office.

It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education to provide equal educational opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex) or weight and to maintain an environment free of harassment on the basis of any of these grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation.

Chancellor’s Regulation A-830 sets forth the procedures for employees, parents of students, students, and others who do business with, use DOE facilities or otherwise interact with the DOE to file complaints of unlawful discrimination or retaliation based upon such complaints. Complaints may be filed by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity & Diversity Management (OEO). A copy of Chancellor’s Regulation A-830 may be obtained from OEO.

For general inquiries about accessibility, please contact the Office of Space Planning at SpacePlanning@schools.nyc.gov.