Building Accessibility

Overview

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is committed to ensuring that its programs, services, and activities are accessible to staff, members of the school community, students and family members with disabilities. The DOE assesses all of its buildings on a continuing basis to determine which schools are accessible to individuals with disabilities.

This page explains how to find out about the accessibility of school buildings, how to request reasonable accommodations for a disability, and how to find information about making a complaint regarding discrimination, including issues of accessibility and reasonable accommodations for people 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, complies with all of the ADA’s design requirements, and has no barriers to access for persons with mobility impairments. In contrast, a partially accessible building allows persons with mobility impairments to enter and exit the building, access relevant programs, and have use of at least one restroom, but the entire building may not be accessible.

The Special Education in NYC and Starting the Process pages have information to support parents and guardians as they navigate their child’s school experience. That includes information on applying and enrolling children in school, school building accessibility and accommodations, school transportation, student attendance, and opportunities for family engagement.

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Accessible Schools

Accessible Schools 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.

Download a citywide list of our accessible buildings. The list shows schools where all grades served are in accessible locations. If a Building Accessibility Profile exists, there will be a hyperlink available in the “Building Accessibility” column. Some of these schools are sited in multiple locations (e.g., 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, according to this scale:

Rating

Accessibility Description

10

All educational primary function areas within the building are accessible. The building either has a construction date of 1992 or after, or represents a building where major alterations, additions or remediations have been made to pre-1992 construction to provide full accessibility.

9

All educational primary function areas within the building are accessible, although minor barriers may be present throughout the building where there is pre-1992 construction. 

8

At least one elevator provides service to all floors in the building and all public assembly areas in the school are accessible. Access is provided to most classrooms on multiple floors. Additional accessible bathrooms exist on other floors in addition to the ground floor accessible bathroom(s). There may be limited areas within the building that are not accessible due to changes in elevation or other barriers.

7

At least one elevator provides service to all floors in the building, including most classrooms on each floor. Accessible bathrooms exist on at least one other floor in addition to the ground floor accessible bathroom(s). Certain public assembly areas or classrooms may not be accessible due to changes in elevation or other barriers.

6

At least one elevator or lift provides access to several floors other than the ground floor, including the main corridors and most spaces connected to them. Access to additional floors may not necessarily include additional accessible bathrooms or public assembly spaces due to changes in elevation or other barriers.

5

The ground floor is fully accessible (including at least one bathroom and one classroom), and the building includes at least one elevator or lift providing access to an additional floor other than the ground floor. Access to additional floors may not include access to all floors in the building, and they may not include additional accessible bathrooms or classrooms other than on the ground floor.

4

The ground floor is fully accessible, including all public assembly spaces present on the ground floor. At least one accessible bathroom and one accessible general education classroom exist on the ground floor.

3

There is general ground floor access, and at least one accessible bathroom and one accessible classroom exist on the ground floor. Certain classrooms or public assembly spaces on the ground floor may still not be accessible due to changes in elevation.

2

There is general access to most of the ground floor and at least one accessible bathroom on that floor. There are no accessible classrooms on the ground floor.

1

There is general access to at least some of the ground floor through an accessible entrance, although not all spaces contained within the ground floor may be accessible. There are no accessible bathrooms or classrooms.

0+

At least one entrance to the building is accessible, but ground floor access is limited to only a small area within the building.

0

Site has no accessibility.

 

Some schools are located in more than one building. Some grades are served in an accessible location and other grades are served in a building that is not. Some of these schools may still be able to accommodate a student requiring an accessible location. Please contact the school’s principal directly. To find a contacts at a school, use Find a School:

Admissions and Accessibility

Children living in New York City are eligible to participate in the admissions process for pre-K during the year they turn four, and for kindergarten during the year they turn five. Use the Find a School link below search for schools and each school’s accessibility status.

Most middle and high school students participate in middle school and high school choice admissions processes and should refer to the list of accessible schools to determine which schools are accessible. Accessibility designations are also noted in the Find a School results.

Any questions regarding admission to an accessible school should be directed to the local Family Welcome Center. All other questions regarding school accessibility should be directed to the Division of Space Management's Accessibility Coordinator at accessibility@schools.nyc.gov.

Accommodations

If a student who requires an accessible school receives an offer to a school that is not designated as accessible but his/her parent believes that a reasonable accommodation would allow the child to attend that school, the parent may contact the Division of Space Management's Accessibility Coordinator at accessibility@schools.nyc.gov to make an accommodation request. If the student cannot be accommodated at that school, he or she may receive an updated placement by requesting a medical transfer or a reasonable accommodation through the Office of Student Enrollment.

If you are new to the New York City public schools, please visit the New Students page for more information about enrolling in schools:

If your zoned or neighborhood school is not accessible, but you believe that a reasonable accommodation would allow your child to attend that school, please contact the Division of Space Management's Accessibility Coordinator at accessibility@schools.nyc.gov to make an accommodation request. Use Find a School to locate your zoned school:

Such accommodations may include structural changes to the school building, or non-structural accommodations, such as moving a classroom to the first floor, purchasing equipment, or providing a student with an aide. Your request will be reviewed and you will be notified of the status of your request within 15 days. In the event that your request is approved but the implementation of your child’s accommodation will require some time due to, for example, construction or purchase of equipment, you will be given the option of having your child assigned to an accessible school near your home in the interim.

If you are a parent, family member, or member of the school community who requires an accommodation to attend an event (i.e., parent-teacher conference, school performance, graduation) at a building that is not accessible, please contact the school’s principal to request an accommodation. If an accommodation cannot be provided at the school level, you may contact the Division of Space Management's Accessibility Coordinator at accessibility@schools.nyc.gov, and your request will be reviewed.

Students with disabilities, including auditory or visual impairments, will be accommodated in accordance with their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) or Section 504 plans. For any questions concerning having your child evaluated for an IEP please contact your local Committee on Special Education (CSE).

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Non-Discrimination Policy

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), gender identity or expression, or weight, to maintain an environment free of discrimination, sexual harassment and harassment on the basis of any of these other grounds, and to protect anyone who complains of discrimination or harassment from 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. Visit the Non-Discrimination Policy page to read the Chancellor’s Regulation A-830 and access the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management’s online complaint form:

Employees

Employees in need of an accommodation should visit the Employee InfoHub (log in required) for the Personnel Memoranda page. The Personnel Memoranda #4 explains how to request accommodations. Employees can also contact the Division of Space Management's Accessibility Coordinator at accessibility@schools.nyc.gov

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