Educational Resources


Advocates for Children
T: 866-427-6033
Helpline available Monday-Thursday, 10am-4pm
Provides advice and representation to NYC families to secure quality and equal public education

The Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Practice, Education Advocacy Project
T: Cara Chambers at 212-577-3342
EAP provides special education advocacy and advice for children birth to 21 who are represented by The Legal Aid Society  

Inside Schools  
Independent reviews of all NYC public schools; information for parents, including frequently asked questions and school open house dates; bulletin boards and parent/student comments for members.

NYC Department of Education (DOE)     

NYC Chancellor’s Regulations     
*list of all the Chancellor’s Regulations, including A-240—Pregnant and Parenting Students and A-170—Home Instruction.

NYC DOE Referral Centers for High School Alternatives & LYFE Programs      

Bronx  Bronx Regional High School
1010 Reverend James A. Polite Avenue, 3rd Floor
Bronx, NY 10459
T: 718-842-9200, 9201 or 9281   

Brooklyn  Marcy Avenue Complex
832 Marcy Avenue, Room 501A
Brooklyn, NY 11216
T: 718-636-5770, press 1 for the Referral Center   

Manhattan Alternative Learning Center
500 8th Avenue at 35th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Call: 212-868-7238 ext. 1162 or 212-868-7481 ext. 1162   

Queens Jamaica Learning Center
162-02 Hillside Avenue, Room 109
Jamaica, NY 11432
T: 718-739-2100   

Staten Island @ St. George
460 St. Marks Place
Staten Island, NY 10301
T: 718-273-3225 (main), 1060 or 3256
The Referral Centers are intended to provide one stop shopping for students looking for alternative programs. Mostly they provide referrals to GED Programs, but they are also the points of contact for information about the LYFE programs. The guidance counselors can also provide information about other alternative programs listed below.   

NYC DOE Vocational Programs      

School of Cooperative Technical Education — Co-op Tech
321 East 96th Street
New York, NY 10128 
T: 212-369-8800 for Principal: Glenn Goldberg
F: 212-876-9290

Career and Technical Education (CTE)  
CTE programs combine regular high school academics with technical career training in a specific field. Graduates receive their Regents Diploma with a Technical Endorsement Eligibility: Must be a NYC high school student & enrolled in the school where the specific CTE program is offered.   

NYC DOE Alternative High School Programs      

Transfer High Schools
Available full-time/day high schools for youth 15- 21 (varies by school) that provides a smaller setting with intensive support services. Offer college prep, accelerated and on-line course work and paid internships for students to earn regent and advance regents diploma. Student must have completed a minimum number of credits and one year of high school.      

Young Adult Borough Centers (YABC)
Evening academic programs designed specifically to meet the needs of high school students who might be considering dropping out because they are behind or because they have adult responsibilities that make attending school in the daytime difficult.
Eligibility: students 17 and older with 17+ credits.Students earn a regular high school diploma.      

NYC Children’s Services
Children’s Services Education Unit
Education Resource website: 
T: 212-442-3030
Consultation is available to any ACS staff member, partner agency staff, parents, or other caregivers citywide.

Resources for Children with Special Needs 
T: 212-677-4650
Provides information, referrals, and representation for children with special needs residing in NYC.  

Girls Who Code
Free program in NYC for women that offers a Summer Immersion Program focused on learning to code different computer languages. Program is tuition free during study period, participants are pay back tuition once they have secured a job. 

SoBro, Inc. 

Jacqueline Guzman


SoBro is offering an alternate program for participants who may seek to benefit from a program design that features paid internships, up to $1200 monthly stipends, vocational skills training, and customized educational plans. SoBro is also offering the program for out-of-school participants, and will work exclusively with ACS and probation to offer young adults opportunities to learn and grow particularly participants formerly involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems